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*Abbreviations* for all our Newbies

 AC - one of the five most common types of chemo given to women with BC. Iit's probably the MOST common drug combination given to women with node-negative (hasn't spread to your lymph nodes) cancer. AC includes two drugs: doxorubicin (Adriamycin), and cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan).

AI - aromatase inhibitors

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My oncologist said fatigue will get progressively easier by the day but after 8 days still kind of wasted!   Tummy pains, metal mouth and queasy still I can deal with.    I am new to chemo (first infusion).  Don't want to sit around like a lump but really hard to get moving and disappointed in myself!     I really look forward to going to bed, taking a nap and just sitting.  My head still a bit foggy too 


thanks for any feedback,  karin

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Need dental work experiences after Zometa...

My wife had stage III IDC dx in 2009.  She was prescribed Zometa every 6 months, 10 doses in all up to 2014.  Since then she has had 2 extractions from the lower jaw, no problems or signs of osteo necrosis of the jaw, ONJ.  She now has a top back molar that may have to be extracted.  We are worried as we are each time a dental procedure is invasive in any way.  Thanks to all for sharing what you can from your personal experiences/observations with dental work after Zometa infusions.  Praying it is all good news.

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Sharing resources for people newly diagnosed

When I was first diagnosed I felt like a deer in the headlights.  Total shock.  I worked hard to research things that would be helpful to me from surgery forward.  Just wanted to share some things that helped me and maybe others will follow with their feedback to make it easier on newly diagnosed woment going through the same.  I had a lumpectomy and radiation (fortunately no chemo).


Open front bras, gowns, shirts (for easy on and off)

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Just had first TC a treatment as well as neulasta.   have felt heavy headed and somewhst dizzy for 4 days now.  Usual? 

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Newly diagnosed HER2 positive ER/PR negative

im  newly diagnosed with IDC ER/PR negative HER2 positive.  I felt my tumor in the shower on January 28, and got the call on March 3.... Cancer.  I have no family history of breast cancer and am waiting for genetic testing results.  Meanwhile I have met my surgeon and oncologist, have had an MRI, meeting a new radiologist on Monday to review MRI, CT chest scan scheduled as well as heart image, chemo class is this Thursday.  I am scared ****less.  Is anyone else HER2 positive 

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Puffy area on breast which has changed the shape of my breast

I had a DCIS lumpectomy and radiation a little under 3 years ago.  

Recently, the part of my breast close to the lumpectomy scar and part of the scar itself got very red and warm and painfully sore when touched or when I reached for something.  That lasted for several days but is nearly gone now.

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Herceptin is chemo?????

So when you go to the herceptin sites it does not say it is chemo or not.  It just talks about it being a targeted therapy or an additional therapy or adjunct therapy.  So I went through the a/c high dose chemo and was too messed up from it to do the taxol. (nerve damage bad)  So the doc started me on herceptin treatments every 3 wks.  I have been getting herceptin treatments for awhile now.  It is tough on the muscles and bones but not as horrible as red devil by a long shot.   One month ago, he added the 5 yr.

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1st Red Devil treatment

partner had her first red devil chemo today. Everything in the cancer center went well. Making her drink lots of water, as suggested. Wearing the Nuelesta patch until tomorrow. When can we expect any nausea to set in? I have the meds to administer but just curious. Long journey but pleased with how things went today. Any advice or suggestions are welcomed. Blessings to all on this journey. 

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Camul On top

Sensei we are all here for you as you know but too lazy to scroll down or make you scroll down to communicate.

Always hoping for some comfort

Your loving Daigakusei








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