• I have triple negative bc stage II & in one lymph node. Waiting for the Doc.call, but wondering how many treatments and how severe they are?

    Asked by Stepher72 on Friday, March 22, 2013

    I have triple negative bc stage II & in one lymph node. Waiting for the Doc.call, but wondering how many treatments and how severe they are?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • leepenn's Avatar

      Hey S72 - sorry you're dealing with this diagnosis... The treatment sucks - no doubt - but it is manageable. I had a stage ii tumor - nothing in my lymph nodes, though. i had 16 chemo treatments followed by double mastectomy. I worked all but about two weeks of the entire experience. If you want, you can check out my blog... I blogged through the entire thing.
      I was in a clinical trial, and so I actually received a somewhat harsher than typical chemo. Still, it was manageable. There were maybe 10 days when I cut my workday short due to side effects from chemo. I didn't work the long hours I tended to work prior to chemo... but I did mostly keep a full schedule and fulfilled my obligations at work. For surgery, I did not have reconstruction, and recovery was quite smooth - honestly - much easier than chemo.
      I hope this helps.
      It sucks, but it's doable.
      Hugs hugs and some more hugs.

      over 3 years ago
    • SMeridith's Avatar

      I also had triple negative 1a and HER2 but no lymph node involvement.. I had 6 treatments of carbo and taxotere along with Herceptin followed by a shot of Nuelasta the day after chemo. After the 6 treatments I was scheduled to have Herceptin chemo every three weeks for a year. I had to cut those short after 8 months due to heart problems (ejection fraction).
      The first couple of treatments were not so bad, but for me they became progressively harder. I was never "deathly" sick, but did have definite side effects and major fatigue. The drugs they give now to help with nausea worked great for me. Losing my hair and sense of taste were two of the hardest things for me. Also, the nuelasta shot seemed to make me fell worse than the chemo.
      All in all, it was not a party but could have been so much worse. After the six treatments I began to feel better very quickly. Fatigue was then the biggest issue for me.
      I did have a double mastectomy and reconstruction so had that to deal with too. That part was not too tough for me.
      As leepenn said, it is all doable. It is hard at the time, but just like having a baby,when it was all over many of the bad memories went away for me.
      Keep a positive attitude and a smile on your face when you can and you too will get through this. There are better days ahead.
      Sending positive thoughts your way.....good luck.

      over 3 years ago

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