Sep 04, 2012 - 9:22 pm
Hi there! Earlier this year, at the age of 42, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Soon after I started 4 rounds of a chemo called Ixempra along with a clinical trial which included Cetuximab. The Cetuximab provided energy and helped counteract the fatigue to a large degree, it also gave me a terrible acne rash on my face and scalp which is clearing up now. Four weeks ago I had a bi-lateral mastectomy with Tissue Expanders and this Friday I begin AC chemo. Here is where I look to your wisdom...
The bi-lateral mastectomy took all the tissue and, the skin where the tumor was stuck was removed. So this round of AC chemo is considered preventative and the Oncologist said this will not be the 'full' dose of AC and it will be completed in 8 weeks. The day after each infusion I'll give myself an injection of something to help boost blood count numbers.
Has anyone else had a similar experience with AC chemo? What is this injection? Does it work? How did you cope with fatigue? I plan to return to work next Monday, after being on Medical Leave for the past 4 weeks. This week I'm just now feeling mobile and more energetic only to be faced with chemo and heading back to work. Words of advice?