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    Side Effects (Other): I was told margins were clear, but a week later found out they weren't. So--I had to have another surgery, once I healed enough to go through it. The surgeon did not put in a drain and I developed a massive hematoma, which required me to wear Kotex in my bra between the first and second surgeries! The surgeon put in a drainage tube during the second surgery, which eliminated the problem. I am left with uneven breasts and a big "dent" in the one that had cancer.

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    Side Effects (Allergic reaction): I was allergic to the first chemo drug they gave me. Instead of giving me something else, they had to just drip it in slower, as there wasn't a substitute. I was very tired, achy, etc. I lost all my hair, of course. I puffed up from the steroids and my skin has been very dry ever since treatment. (It was oily before!)

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      I had a similar experience with one of the anti-nausea meds -- allergic reaction, so they decreased the rate to make it drip slower. The slow rate works fine, with little to no allergic reaction now, and thankfully I get the benefits of the anti-nausea. The side effects of being tired and losing hair sounds like normal chemo side effects. Did you take some kind of blood-cell-booster, like Nuelasta or Nuepogen? They cause achy bones.

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    Side Effects (Lots and lots from the Femara): Femara has weakened my bones (osteopenia), tendons and joints. I have torn both rotator cuffs and a bicep, developed two trigger thumbs and two trigger fingers which required surgical repair, and experience deep aching and pain all over. Extreme vaginal dryness has been even worse than these problems! My poor husband has had to be celibate for the last five years! I've also had thinning hair, extreme hot flashes alternated with freezing spells, dry skin, memory loss and other things I can't remember. HA!

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Hormone therapy): Femara

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    Radiation (External radiation )

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy)