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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I'm now taking capecitabine chemotherapy and targeted Herceptin. This is adjuvant treatment, after initial chemotherapy did not work and tumors grew instead of decreasing in size. My breast surgeon then decided it was time to have surgery, earlier than anticipated because of the growing tumors. I had a mastectomy, which removed all cancer. Now I'm taking adjuvant chemotherapy, capecitabine, which has caused so many side effects that my oncologist had to lower the dosage. The lower dose is much better, though I am experiencing hand and foot syndrome with neuropathy also in my legs, hips and shoulders. I should complete the capecitabine (xeloda) at the end of January, but the Herceptin target therapy will go on until May 2020 because of the Her2 positive tumor. News that I was cancer free after surgery was uplifting only for a couple of weeks. Then I had to go back on chemo and targeted Herceptin. If this therapy will prevent the return of my cancer, I'm on board with it.

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      I am sorry that you are having a difficult time with your treatment. Don't give up. You can do this. Let us know if we can help you in any way. Herceptin is a breeze compared to chemo. Take care.

      over 1 year ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Mastectomy): I had my mastectomy July 15. It was an emergency procedure because the neoadjuvant chemotherapy was ineffective and actually caused my tumors to grow. The procedure went very well, and I didn't have to stay overnight in the hospital. My drains were removed after only four days. I had the axillary lymph node removed only. I really haven't had any side effects. I'm waiting another month to have reconstruction.

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