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I just finished 4 A/C chemos and start Taxol in 2 weeks does anyone have advice on how to save my nails. I'd appreciate it so much.

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  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 4 Paciente
    Welcome Jayme. I'm sorry for the reason you're here but you have come to a good place. There are some great women here that are always happy to listen & offer advice whenever possible. We are a sisterhood of strong women!!! I was stage 3 also. I am 49 & was diagnosed in May of last year with stage 3c IDC after a routine mammogram & ultrasound missed seeing my lump. I went through A/C then Taxol beginning in May. I then had my bilateral mastectomy (without reconstruction) on Oct 24th. I had 15 lymph nodes removed from my right side. 13 of those were positive for cancer and some of those had broken outside the node. My Onc recommended more chemo. So I had 8 more treatments with Gemzar & Carboplatin. I finished last month, and had a PET scan on Monday. Yesterday I received wonderful news. I am very happy to say that I am now cancer free!!!!! I will still need to undergo 6 1/2 weeks of radiation & later on I'll have reconstruction. But I've made it!! All the treatments i had were totally worth the outcome! I'd do it all over again. I had some difficult days but I tried to keep a positive mindset. Be kind to our body, surround yourself with positive people. You'll get through this! There are a few survivors here that had triple negative breast cancer as well. I'm sure you'll be hearing from them. We'll all be here for you any time you have a question, or just want to vent. Hugs Jayme!
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      anónimo
      Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama

      Thanks again Diana. I really appreciate your words and am so happy about the news you've received. I feel your strength and I too have a lot of strength. I feel so lucky that my body helped me through the A/C. I'm counting on it for the rest of...

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      Thanks again Diana. I really appreciate your words and am so happy about the news you've received. I feel your strength and I too have a lot of strength. I feel so lucky that my body helped me through the A/C. I'm counting on it for the rest of the journey. I will be getting a mammogram and ultrasound on Feb23 to see how well the A/C did. I'm very positive about everything. I decided that each chemo I'd treat myself and wear some new; new socks, new shirt...any thing. My biopsy showed at least one node has cancer and my breast didn't have a lump. The cancer was well hidden. By the grace of God it was discovered during a routine mammogram. I'm not sad I have cancer, I just pray it makes me a better person and apreciate all the little sweet moments of life. Hugs to you too! :-)

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anónimo
      Stage 4 Paciente

      You're welcome Jayme. I can tell you have a lot of strength as well. You've made it through the hardest part of chemo in my opinion. Taxol was easier on me than A/C. My side effects weren't bad at all on Taxol. Are you being given the Neulasta...

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      You're welcome Jayme. I can tell you have a lot of strength as well. You've made it through the hardest part of chemo in my opinion. Taxol was easier on me than A/C. My side effects weren't bad at all on Taxol. Are you being given the Neulasta shot to boost your white blood cells? That's great you're treating yourself!! I loved to get different bubble baths & bath bombs. One of the side effects from Taxol can be body aches. So I'd take a long hot bubble bath. I'm so glad your cancer was discovered when it was since it was hidden. Yes having cancer definately changes you. If I see another woman that has experienced cancer....it's a look of knowing in her face that I can't describe. I do believe it changes us for the better. I'm stronger, appreciate little things more, I feel I have more purpose for my life now. I plan on using what's left of my life to help others. In the end I believe that's why we're all here. :). Hugs Jayme & have a great day!

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    • Ruth Groover Profile
      anónimo
      Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama

      Diana

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    • Ruth Groover Profile
      anónimo
      Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama

      As you can tell this is my first time here not sure what button to hit. Diana I also was a stage 3c I had 18 of 18 positive lymph nodes, did all my treatments went through to different rounds of chemo had bilateral mastectomy, and radiation....

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      As you can tell this is my first time here not sure what button to hit. Diana I also was a stage 3c I had 18 of 18 positive lymph nodes, did all my treatments went through to different rounds of chemo had bilateral mastectomy, and radiation. Started on tamoxifen, that has been 7 months ago. Still cleans just waiting for reconstructive surgery which I hope is in March. Thoughts and prayers to you.

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  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 4 Paciente
    Hi Jayme, I was also on that paticular chemo "cocktail" during my first go 'round with chemo. My fingernails did not come off but they "flattened" out. It was weird. My toenails became brittle but did not come off. I've heard some women say good things about tea tree oil. Rubbing it in & around the nails. :)
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  • Christina Archambault Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 2B Paciente
    I am also starting tax and they said to put your nails in Ice while getting your chemo !
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  • dorothy harder Profile
    anónimo
    Sobreviviente desde 2011
    The chemo nurses had me read some research paper with gl powder. The powder will help protect your nerve endings. You are supposed to drink it 3times per day for your entire treatment.
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  • dorothy harder Profile
    anónimo
    Sobreviviente desde 2011
    Glut amine powder for your entire treatment. Darn buttons.
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  • Kathy M Profile
    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    My nails turned black and became brittle. I got regular manicures to keep them short and dark colors to cover the black. My doc also let me take biotin daily which I think helped. Good luck! The worst part is over. AC was hell compared to taxol. I just had my last taxol today!
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    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    Thank you Diana and Christina. I'll try both. Do I put my nails in the ice only at the time of treatment? I should tell you a little about myself; I was diagnosed Dec 1 with IDC stage 3, triple negative. I'm 54.
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  • Mabel Dominguez Profile
    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    I read that putting your nails in cold icy water helps it keep the chemo away from your nails longer so they would turn black or fall off. Hope it helps.
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  • Mary Buchanab Profile
    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    Relieved to hear these posts that Taxol is a little bit of a relief from A/C. Thanks for sharing!
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    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    Hello Diana. I've had 2 treatments with Taxol and your right. It was much better. I almost feel normal. I put my fingernails in ice both treatment and took your advice about the tea tree oil. I use twice a day. As for my mammogram and ultasound the mass (spiculated) is about a third smaller and is less dense and the positive node shows no thickening anymore. I'm so thankful to God for this news. There are still a lot more roads to go down in this journey. I hope by God's will I can stay positive. I just wanted to share all this with you. Thanks for your care and kind advice. Hugs and smiles...jayme
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