• Breast cancer metastasis

    Asked by Lucica on Saturday, March 23, 2013

    Breast cancer metastasis

    My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and she had a mastectomy.
    We just found out that her cancer has returned, and is has spread to the bones and liver. I’m so devastated, is anyone in a similar situation? She will start chemo and radiotherapy next week, but I was wondering if there’s anything else we can do to help her live longer without suffering too much.

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    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Lucica, They gave meds to help with the side effects. At the start of each infusion I got anti-nausea medication and steroids. I also got prescriptions filled for emend (an anti-nausea drug) copazine (another anti-nausea), prescription strength Imodium. I also got a pharmaceutical consult to help me deal with the anxiety and cope with the side effects of the steroids. I was given prescriptions for Lexapro, Xanax, and a mild sleeping medication due to the fact I had insomnia the day of and for 2-3 days after treatment.

      If your mom is in a lot of pain I'm sure she will be able to get medications to manage it. The medical world is finally realizing that they have been under treating pain for the last 50 years, and my team seems to be very aggressive in treating it. I got a lidiacon lotion prescription to apply on the skin over my port 1/2 hour before they opened it. It did hurt, and I could have dealt with it, but the oncology nurse practitioner said "there is no reason to be in any more pain then necessary, don't be a hero, your going through a lot"

      over 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      BTW I started an oral chemo clinical trial Thursday. I was given 5 prescriptions to deal with the side effects, plus the Magic Mouth Wash I got at the hospital - Magic Mouth Wash helps deaden the pain of mouth sores.

      over 8 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      My oncologist's office offered me assistance with every side effect. There are a number of very effective anti-nausea drugs. The nurses encouraged me to write down all my chemo-related problems and bring them to their attention. Some things can't be helped, like hair loss, but there is assistance for issues like these, too. Don't be shy about speaking up about your mother's needs.

      over 8 years ago

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