• Anxiety

    Asked by CathyMurphy on Saturday, February 9, 2019

    Anxiety

    Had lumpectomy 2 weeks ago diagnosed nov. had 2 mamo ultrasound and 2 needle biopsy and mr8 prior to surgery . Had several appts with radiology he say I need 30 treatments as 2. lymphnodes have cancer I though5bi would only need 15. Port appt. this week and should get schedule to start chemo . TChp every 3 weeks 6 x then herpercen 12 times. It just seems like such a long process and have t really started yet. Any suggestion

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    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Are you able to sleep? I went through about the same plan and it wasn't easy. I was getting about 2-3 hours of sleep because I couldn't shut off my brain. All of the what if's were keeping me up every night until chemo started. It's a lot to comprehend. I talked to the doctors and had a prescription of Trazadone. That helped. And I had 35 treatments of radiation. Good luck to you.

      2 months ago
    • CathyMurphy's Avatar
      CathyMurphy

      Thanks. This is my second lumpectomy first 2010 negotiate did 33 radiation treatments it jut take so long and the Breast center where I go is 35 miles away

      2 months ago
    • lujos' Avatar
      lujos

      I lived an hour away from my breast centre, and you’re right, it’s a pain to travel so far for 15 minutes of treatment every day! I was offered either 25+3 boost lower rad treatments, or 15+3 boost hyperfractionated, higher rad treatments. I chose the latter, and was so glad I did!

      Don’t know if your breast centre offers that, but worth asking.

      2 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      CathyMurphy, have you told your oncologist your concern about driving 35 miles for treatments? He or she is the person who writes the prescription for how many treatments and the dosage, so ask if it can be adjusted. Also ask if there is a closer location for you to get your radiation (if its OK with your insurance company).

      Best wishes.

      2 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      P.S. The American Cancer Society offers FREE lodging in some towns for cancer patients, including transportation to your treatments.

      Separate from that, they also offer transportation from a patient's home to treatments, so you should call their 800 number and ask if they can help you. I looked at your profile and saw that you are 76, so it's reasonable that you might not be up to driving every day.

      Good luck! I hope they can take some of the stress off of you and make you feel better!

      2 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Also, my hospital offered free rides to and from radiation. It was so nice. I would be ready to go in the morning, and I would be picked up on a nice, warm van. And later returned home when my appointment was over. On Mondays I would see the doctor and when that appointment was over, usually another can brought me home. It was as very nice not having to rely on friends or family to bring me there.
      So check with your center to see if they have such a service. The first couple weeks you really don't feel much difference but then the fatigue sets in and makes life so much harder.

      2 months ago
    • msesq's Avatar
      msesq

      I used Headspace and Calm ( both phone apps) to help me calm down and get sleep. The anti nausea drugs these days are great, so chemo isn’t as awful as portrayed on TV. Try drinking an ice drink like a slurpee during the most toxic chemo it saved my taste buds. Good luck and cyber hugs

      2 months ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar
      lynn1950

      I suffered from anxiety big time. At bedtime I listened to a meditation tape from an I-REST program designed specifically for cancer patients. Learning how to breathe to calm myself was one of the most useful things I learned.

      2 months ago
    • CathyMurphy's Avatar
      CathyMurphy

      Thanks to everyone for your input

      2 months ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      I got a script for lorazepam in case the anxiety was too much for me to have any peace. I was in chemo for 20 weeks and finished my 30 pills around the time I finished chemo - so just over 1 pill a week. I also kept up with yoga classes and took lots of walks. I was real anxious for about a year after diagnosis but it was manageable once I finushed chemo.

      2 months ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar
      leslie48240

      I know it is all so overwhelming. Just here to tell you that once treatments start you will probably feel a certain amount of control that you are in the fight and doing something about it. Also...the year plus of treatments will be done before you know it! Hope it helps to know that many have done this and are still here to enjoy life....I'm one of them. Over 11 years since diagnosis and now almost 10 years testing clear. Hang in there!

      2 months ago
    • CathyMurphy's Avatar
      CathyMurphy

      Thanks for your great responses

      2 months ago

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