Chemotherapy - gbrower0

Drug or Chemo Therapy Associated with Breast Cancer. Posted on November 20, 2012 View this journey (6 Experiences)

I had the Oncotype DX test to verify that chemotherapy would be of value. My vascular surgeon felt confident that he "got" the tumor and that there were clean margins, but the tumor was 2.5, aggressive, and the stain testing showed microscopic trace elements of cancer cells that might theoretically have escaped into my system. All of my Doctors felt that four rounds of Taxotere and Cytoxan were my best insurance policy. My Oncotype DX score came in high (61) so there was no arguing the reality that chemo was an important part of my total recovery process. Testing also revealed that the tumor itself was triple negative. My Oncologist has determined that I am a "hybrid" because after repeat testing results still showed that the biopsy tissue samples were estrogen moderate and progesterone low, and the tumor itself was triple negative. Not sure if I actually have the best of both worlds or the scariest diagnosis on the planet, but I'm opting to believe that I am blessed with the opportunity to be treated using an AI, plus having the reduced risk factor associated with triple negative following the 5 year recurrence time period. As for chemo, I was terrified, so I tried to control everything I could control. Other than hair loss, I had no real side effects from chemo. I drank tons of water, exercised for 60-90 minutes daily, ate organic, real food (no processed foods), eliminated stress from my life, and slept at least 8 hours each night. My Oncologist and my Oncology nurses felt I did very well. I dropped 40 pounds total (not from illness, just from healthy eating and exercise), and I committed to following Doctor's orders while paying close attention to what my body needed to stay healthy and heal. I completed "graduation chemo" on October 25th. Both post-chemo blood tests have been excellent. My white and red blood counts have bounced back already, and I will begin taking the AI, Femara at the end of November to block any estrogen based tumors. Crazy side note: I drank so much water during my second round of chemo that I ended up in the hospital for 2 days diagnosed with Water Toxicity. I know . . . Just call me the Queen of Overkill! LOL!

Easy to Do: Agree
Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA

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