treatments starting soon

ppurdin
ppurdin Member Posts: 1,181
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
HI,I HAVE NOT POSTED FOR A WEEK OR SO.i AM FEELING BETTER SINCE SURGERY 2 WKS. AGO.i SEE MY Cancer Dr. MON. AND TREETMENTS START SOON.i DO OK TILL IT GETS CLOSE TO REALITY.THEN I GET WORRIED AND SCARED.Does anyone have any advice about questions i need to ask,or any advice at all would be great.And has anyone heard from auroa 2009?thank you all and God bless.

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  • Paula1001
    Paula1001 Member Posts: 35
    treatments
    Ask about side effects and the best way to handle them. Bring someone with you so they can take notes. Listen to your doc and ask the nurses about side effects also. They can give you information from the patient's side of things.

    Drink lots of water and eat multiple small meals per day versus three regular meals. Have Biotene toothpaste and mouthwash on hand. Good luck.
    Paula
  • m_azingrace
    m_azingrace Member Posts: 399
    Ppurdin, it looks like I'm
    Ppurdin, it looks like I'm on a similar track with you. I also had surgery on July 21, and will see the oncologist on Aug 13th, to discuss my treatment. As soon as I knew I'd be getting chemo, I scheduled an appointment with my dentist, for complete exam, cleaning and x-rays on my 7 natural teeth. That was today. The technician recommended a deep cleaning, and she managed to have time right then. Not pleasant, and my mouth is sore now from the needles, the scraping and all. But this was important to my peace of mind. There should be no surprises during my treatment.
    I'm also trying to get as much information as I can about possible side affects, what supplements I can & should take, as well as ones to avoid. Stocking up on "comfort foods", and also coaching HubbyDearest in the fine art of taking care of his most treasured possesion.
    I haven't much advice for you, as this is uncharted territory for me as well. But I have found this site to be a great source of information, support and comfort. Hope to see you again. Gracie
  • lolad
    lolad Member Posts: 670
    Glad you are feeling better
    since your surgery. I just started chemo on tuesday and am starting to feel crapy. They did send me home with nausea meds, but one isnt covered by my insurance so im waiting for a prior authorization. Do you know what treatments you will be getting yet? I would definately ask about side affects on everyone and ask how long you have to do them. I know you wait and wait for all this to get rollling and once it does, it scares the heck out of you, but we have to do and we have to stay strong. Write down your questions before you go, that way you wont forget them when you get there. Good luck to you on monday. Ill be having a port put in that day since they had trouble with my veins on Tuesday. Im glad they've decided to go with it though. My poor arm has had it because they could only use the right one because my cancer and lymph nodes were on the left side. Take care and try to keep your head up.

    laura
  • cats_toy
    cats_toy Member Posts: 1,462 Member
    ppurdin
    So glad you are feeling better from the surgery. There are so many things we could try telling you about chemo, but since everyone is different, and there are a number of different chemo types that might be prescribed, it is hard to say much. Just know that we will be here for you, and let us know when you get your chemo cocktail!
    Cat
  • Bella Luna
    Bella Luna Member Posts: 1,578 Member
    treatment
    I am in the same boat. You're not alone. Will read to see what kind of response you get. Best of luck.
  • aztec45
    aztec45 Member Posts: 757
    Welcome Back
    Welcome back to the site. Glad you are feeling better. You know, this website has a list of questions you can print out to take with you to ask the Doc. You can even tape record the conversation if you want. My Doc let me record it.

    Keep us posted.

    P
  • ppurdin
    ppurdin Member Posts: 1,181

    Ppurdin, it looks like I'm
    Ppurdin, it looks like I'm on a similar track with you. I also had surgery on July 21, and will see the oncologist on Aug 13th, to discuss my treatment. As soon as I knew I'd be getting chemo, I scheduled an appointment with my dentist, for complete exam, cleaning and x-rays on my 7 natural teeth. That was today. The technician recommended a deep cleaning, and she managed to have time right then. Not pleasant, and my mouth is sore now from the needles, the scraping and all. But this was important to my peace of mind. There should be no surprises during my treatment.
    I'm also trying to get as much information as I can about possible side affects, what supplements I can & should take, as well as ones to avoid. Stocking up on "comfort foods", and also coaching HubbyDearest in the fine art of taking care of his most treasured possesion.
    I haven't much advice for you, as this is uncharted territory for me as well. But I have found this site to be a great source of information, support and comfort. Hope to see you again. Gracie

    treatments
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPLY.SO WE ARE GOING THRU. PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING.MAYBE WE CAN WRITTE EACH OTHER WHEN WE SRE GOING THRU IT.GOOD LUCK TO YOU.PAT.
  • Alexis F
    Alexis F Member Posts: 3,598
    cats_toy said:

    ppurdin
    So glad you are feeling better from the surgery. There are so many things we could try telling you about chemo, but since everyone is different, and there are a number of different chemo types that might be prescribed, it is hard to say much. Just know that we will be here for you, and let us know when you get your chemo cocktail!
    Cat

    Glad you are feeling better
    Glad you are feeling better ppurdin from your surgery. Just try to think or research some questions to ask. Did your oncologist give you any literature yet? And, write everything down he says, take someone with you. This site even has questions that you could take with you.

    Good luck!
  • Kylez
    Kylez Member Posts: 3,761 Member
    aztec45 said:

    Welcome Back
    Welcome back to the site. Glad you are feeling better. You know, this website has a list of questions you can print out to take with you to ask the Doc. You can even tape record the conversation if you want. My Doc let me record it.

    Keep us posted.

    P

    Take someone with you to
    Take someone with you to hear what your oncologist says. Take a tape recorder also if you want to tape the conversation. There is a list of questions to ask on this site and the Susan B. Komen site also. And, ask for any booklets or information that they can send home with you to read.

    Good luck on Monday!
  • ppurdin
    ppurdin Member Posts: 1,181
    aztec45 said:

    Welcome Back
    Welcome back to the site. Glad you are feeling better. You know, this website has a list of questions you can print out to take with you to ask the Doc. You can even tape record the conversation if you want. My Doc let me record it.

    Keep us posted.

    P

    treatments
    HI,THANK YOU FOR YOR REPLY.wGERE CAN I GET A PRINT OUT OF QUESTIONS ON THIS SIGHT.tHANKS AGAIN. PAT.
  • cindy north
    cindy north Member Posts: 9
    what worked for me
    Take someone with you to your initial appointment-your mind will be spinning. Take someone to each chemo treatment. I always get benadryl which makes me sleepy so I can't drive home. I think it is Very important to practice good dental care. I have always flossed and I also brush 3 times a day. I had no mouth problems. Eat what you want when you want and if it tastes good-keep it on hand. Take a nap daily if you can. My counts have been extremely high and I believe my naps have made all the difference. Best of luck. Cindy
  • outdoorgirl
    outdoorgirl Member Posts: 1,565
    ppurdin
    Hopefully you will get info on the chemo drugs you will be getting explaining the different drugs and their side effects.I know I also had a question and answer time with a chemo nurse and my onc about the chemo and what to expect.
  • mlmjt1
    mlmjt1 Member Posts: 537
    Hi ppurdin
    Welcome back to the site and Im glad the surgery went well.

    I dont remember, are you getting chemo or radiation or both?d

    Either way, my best advice to you is to listen to your body when it tells you you need to rest or take a nap. My head tells me I can still work 50 hours per week, jog 4 times per wk and take care of my family but I am here to tell you that chemo can kick your butt. You need to be sure not to do too much or push yourself too hard. The goal is to get thru the treatment as easily as possible which means you need to rest during the treatment.

    Let us know what the plan is and remember we are all here for each other

    Hugs
    Linda T
  • survivorbc09
    survivorbc09 Member Posts: 4,374 Member
    mlmjt1 said:

    Hi ppurdin
    Welcome back to the site and Im glad the surgery went well.

    I dont remember, are you getting chemo or radiation or both?d

    Either way, my best advice to you is to listen to your body when it tells you you need to rest or take a nap. My head tells me I can still work 50 hours per week, jog 4 times per wk and take care of my family but I am here to tell you that chemo can kick your butt. You need to be sure not to do too much or push yourself too hard. The goal is to get thru the treatment as easily as possible which means you need to rest during the treatment.

    Let us know what the plan is and remember we are all here for each other

    Hugs
    Linda T

    I am glad your surgery went
    I am glad your surgery went ok. Mainly just have someone with you. 4 ears are better than two, and, it is so easy for you to miss something that the doctor says.

    Good luck!
  • aurora2009
    aurora2009 Member Posts: 544 Member

    I am glad your surgery went
    I am glad your surgery went ok. Mainly just have someone with you. 4 ears are better than two, and, it is so easy for you to miss something that the doctor says.

    Good luck!

    Pat
    I sent you a PM, hope you got it already. Thanks for asking about me, that is really sweet. I am right where you are at so I haven't been to the Onco yet, I'll see her 8-13. but it sounds like the ladies gere have already given you some good advice. I always copy and paste whatever questions I think I might need to ask on to a note pad document that I keep on my desl top.That way when I see somrthing on here that I think might be important for me to ask, I won't forget it later.

    Take care Pat, I'll talk to you soon.

    Aurora
  • Alexis F
    Alexis F Member Posts: 3,598

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    I am in the same boat. You're not alone. Will read to see what kind of response you get. Best of luck.

    Good luck to you Bella Luna
    Good luck to you Bella Luna and welcome!
  • Alexis F
    Alexis F Member Posts: 3,598
    ppurdin said:

    treatments
    HI,THANK YOU FOR YOR REPLY.wGERE CAN I GET A PRINT OUT OF QUESTIONS ON THIS SIGHT.tHANKS AGAIN. PAT.

    Just copy and paste them
    Just copy and paste them into a word document Pat.

    Then you can just print them off.

    There are some good questions and info on here.


    Good luck to you Pat!

    ☺Lex☺