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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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  • Karen Milburn Profile

    Failed root canal - root canal and cap done 27 years ago. need surgery but in chemo. Dentist will talk to oncologist. The root is abcessed and on antibotics for 10 days. Hoping this does not delay my treatment next Thursday :(

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 4 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Had lots of teeth problems during chemo lost crowns, believe chemo weekends your gums. Prayers to you IJ

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    • Karen Milburn Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      sorry, 544 hours of short term disability not days

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  • Angela R Profile

    I just found out my mom has breast cancer. I want to help her be as comfy as I can.. was wondering if a tote bag of goodies & comfort items would be helpful? I'm just not sure what might come in handy? any input or idea's are greatly appreciated.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 2 years 4 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You are a very loving daughter! If you live in her area, most important is to accompany her to her consultation appointments. Ale her up a three ring binder to keep all the copies of her test results. She can tape all the office, and Doctor business cards taped on the inside cover of the...

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      You are a very loving daughter! If you live in her area, most important is to accompany her to her consultation appointments. Ale her up a three ring binder to keep all the copies of her test results. She can tape all the office, and Doctor business cards taped on the inside cover of the binder. You can put in dividers marked test results, notes from consultations, any paperwork she receives during her appointments. If she goes through chemotherapy, she will get PDR info. Sheets telling about the drugs. She will carry that binder with her to everything. If she is taking prescription drugs or supplements, every office wants a copy of that. She can make extra copies of those, store them in the bi dear to hand out. You can decorate this binder with cute stickers, pink survivor ribbons, positive statements, pictures of grandkids, etc. Make this special, and it will also be a conversation piece at the many offices. If she goes through chemo., she will need scarves or hats if she doesn't wear a wig.....she will start to lose her hair two weeks after she begins chemo. The American Cancer Society has a website for great head coverings. As for a. Basket of stuff, get her some lip balm, hand cream, pajama's that button up the front mints, there are lots of things she may needs when and if she goes to have chemo. Treatments.....like a very soft, warm small blanket. You will get more suggestions from other women here. Be sure and Google what to get someone going through breast cancer treatment. Mom will be ok, it's a tough go but doable. You are very sweet to think about Moms comfort. Take care, Sharon

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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Sounds like great advice here. I know you said your mom is strong willed. That's a good thing. This isn't all gloom and doom, but it does help to have a positive, go get em attitude. She will be ok. Sometimes it's harder on the caregiver. They want to be needed, to do whatever they can. Don't...

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      Sounds like great advice here. I know you said your mom is strong willed. That's a good thing. This isn't all gloom and doom, but it does help to have a positive, go get em attitude. She will be ok. Sometimes it's harder on the caregiver. They want to be needed, to do whatever they can. Don't take it personally if all she says is 'I'm fine, I don't need you to do anything'. It's usually better just to do for her. Bring them dinner, or take them out to eat. Clean the house. Just be normal. Laugh and joke. Keep us updated on how she is doing. We are all here for you both. Prayers to you.

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  • Karen Milburn Profile

    Finished A/C now starting Taxol - did you take clariton (for bone and muscle aches) while on Taxol and if so did you take pill on day of chemo, and next 3 days? also get the shot to get marrow to produce wbc

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 2B Patient
    about 4 years 8 answers
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    • laura auclair Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am on taxotere, carboplatin, herceptin and perjuta every 3 weeks for 6 cycles...and give myself the neulasta shot the day after chemo. Initially my docs told me just take aleve for the bone pain even though I had heard Claritin might help. So the first cycle I took aleve and wow did I have...

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      I am on taxotere, carboplatin, herceptin and perjuta every 3 weeks for 6 cycles...and give myself the neulasta shot the day after chemo. Initially my docs told me just take aleve for the bone pain even though I had heard Claritin might help. So the first cycle I took aleve and wow did I have bone pain! The next cycle I started Claritin a few days before chemo and continue for about a week and I don't know why but it definitely worked!! I'm a believer..even if my drs and rns aren't!

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I bought some Claritan but never had to use it as I didn't have any bone pain after the Neulasta shots.

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  • Kali Nguyen Profile

    Double Mastectomy after chemo, how rough was it and recovery until radiation? Do they take lymph node to?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 1 year 5 answers
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had double with immediate reconstruction. Reconstruction was painful only for 2 weeks. I had implants inserted @ time of macectomy. 6 lymph nodes all negative. From what I've read straight mastectomy is fairly easy. 🙏🏾

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I only had a single mastectomy and my surgeon took sentinel nodes, not the ones in my armpits. I did have a microscopic bit of cancer in one. The single mastectomy was very easy for me. I never had to take any pain medication because they cut nerves so there was nothing there to signal pain. ...

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      I only had a single mastectomy and my surgeon took sentinel nodes, not the ones in my armpits. I did have a microscopic bit of cancer in one. The single mastectomy was very easy for me. I never had to take any pain medication because they cut nerves so there was nothing there to signal pain.
      As for how extensive your surgery will be depends on your particular case. Whether your surgeon has to take axial (armpit) nodes is again depending on your case. You need to discuss this with your surgeon because we can't tell you. Sometimes even your surgeon doesn't know until they get in there. An MRI will help tell how extensive it is. Being that it sounds like you had chemotherapy before your surgery, that is meant to shrink the tumor so it's not as large. It usually does a great job. Get an appointment with your surgeon. We usually say you don't really get a complete diagnosis until after the final pathology after your surgery. Hang in there and take care, Sharon

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