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Abby Brown's Story

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A small part of the chemo journey - shaving the hair on your head and dealing with baldness. What cancer takes away - and family gives back. Unconditionally

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  • Becky N Profile

    Going to lose hair in 2 weeks. I have a very dry scalp to begin with. Any clue how it will be when I am bald? Thanks girls. Hugs to all!

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    about 5 years 6 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Chemo is going to make your whole body very dry. I used baby products from head to toe. Prayers to you.

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    • Brandi Mixon Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      My hairdresser had me use body wash on my scalp. It kept it very nice, no itchiness!!

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  • Jo Rogers Profile

    What is TAC? Am suppose to start TAC for 6 weeks=3 times.. Am not clear as to what this means.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 5 years 4 answers
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    • julie s Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      It's a cocktail of 3 chemo drugs that are administered via IV, either through a port or straight into your vein. You may not have to have a port with only 3 rounds... Ask your oncologist. I did 6 rounds of it and had a complete response (totally wiped out my cancer). Wishing you the best!

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    • Renee Weber-Jackson Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      I had the same "cocktail". You can get through this. Stay positive, drink lots of fluids, listen to your body. Good luck, well wishes & hugs being sent your way :)

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    Anyone have a chemo modification? Doc says its normal. I've completed 4/6 bearable tx but ended up with a fever & dehydrated after #4. Doc says if he doesn't do a mod I'll end up in the hospital, he's reducing my dose by 25% for last 2 tx, this normal?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2A Patient
    almost 6 years 4 answers
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    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I had to stop my chemo at 5 tx instead of 6, i was just too sick n my blood work was awful. My onco felt that 5 was enough as i had a very small ICD tumor and would still had another 9 months of herceptin. It is very common, from what i understand, to modify treatment plan.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Sonia,
      As I call it ~a course correction~ they do happen all the time. It is quite common if a woman can't tolerate the chemotherapy, oncologists adjust the dosages or how many courses a patient has. Sounds like you have a very wise, intelligent, thoughtful oncologist. Don't worry, he is doing...

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      Sonia,
      As I call it ~a course correction~ they do happen all the time. It is quite common if a woman can't tolerate the chemotherapy, oncologists adjust the dosages or how many courses a patient has. Sounds like you have a very wise, intelligent, thoughtful oncologist. Don't worry, he is doing his job well. Take care, Sharon

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  • Laurie Evans Sobel Profile

    I'm one week post double mastectomy. IDC.. I meet with my general surgeon next week. As far as lab reports go, I only know that thankfully there was no cancer in my lymph nodes. Will chemo still be necessary?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 2 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It depends on many other factors of your particular breast cancer. We can't predict what your treatment will ultimately be. I was told I did not have cancer in my lymph nodes. Even right after surgery, my surgeon told me my lymph nodes looked clear. Unfortunately, after the pathology report...

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      It depends on many other factors of your particular breast cancer. We can't predict what your treatment will ultimately be. I was told I did not have cancer in my lymph nodes. Even right after surgery, my surgeon told me my lymph nodes looked clear. Unfortunately, after the pathology report came back, I did have cancer, microscopically in a node. It didn't change my treatment but it downgraded my stage. You really don't get a complete diagnosis until the tissue goes to pathology. Cancer is a very sneaky disease. I had 4 rounds of AC and 5 years of hormone blocking drug. I am 9 years out from treatment and cancer free. All of our cancers are u

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I was stage 1 without node involvement. My nurse navigator (used to work at the Oncology Clinic as a triage nurse) reminded my Oncologist about an OncoType DX test to see if chemo. was needed. She ordered it, it is quite pricey but most insurance companies cover it and if not they will work...

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      I was stage 1 without node involvement. My nurse navigator (used to work at the Oncology Clinic as a triage nurse) reminded my Oncologist about an OncoType DX test to see if chemo. was needed. She ordered it, it is quite pricey but most insurance companies cover it and if not they will work with you to get it paid for. I came in right on the number for avoiding chemo. but in agreeing to it it lowered my recurrence rate way down so it was a no brainer for me. I was told I'd need 4-6 cycles, once every 3 weeks, and a bone boosting shot the day after infusions. Just before my 2nd infusion my Oncologist told me I could get by with 4. I also had 28 radiation treatments and have been on a hormone blocker for almost 3 years, supposed to be on it for a total of 5 so we shall see. Gather all the info. you can and do what you feel is best for you.

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