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  • Amanda Pilbeam Profile

    Has anyone had a portacath implant for chemo? What is it like to have implanted.........does it hurt after..........does it hurt when they access it to use it?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had one put in under conscious sedation and it was a God-send then and now. I elected to leave mine in, has been 3 1/2+ years. I go in every 6 weeks and have it accessed and flushed with Heparin to keep it patent. It has been used for lab work and sedation for my colonoscopy and 2 carpal...

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      I had one put in under conscious sedation and it was a God-send then and now. I elected to leave mine in, has been 3 1/2+ years. I go in every 6 weeks and have it accessed and flushed with Heparin to keep it patent. It has been used for lab work and sedation for my colonoscopy and 2 carpal tunnel surgeries. I have never used any kind of numbing cream or spray, feels a little strange but it's just like a needle stick for lab work but goes into the port rather than a vein. I was so thankful my Oncologist recommended it, my Surgeon doesn't do them so an Interventional Radiologist did it.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      YES! Just as Sharon Doria described.... It makes infusions and blood draws so much easier. Your veins really take a beating if you DON'T have one. I had one put in and went right over and had my first infusion. It was a surgical procedure and I was asleep so it was very, very, easy. I had no...

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      YES! Just as Sharon Doria described.... It makes infusions and blood draws so much easier. Your veins really take a beating if you DON'T have one. I had one put in and went right over and had my first infusion. It was a surgical procedure and I was asleep so it was very, very, easy. I had no pain from mine and if not for the little bump, wouldn't have known it was there. When it was accessed, they used a numbing cream but compared to the entire breast cancer experience, this is, truly, nothing.
      When it's time for yours to be removed, it is just an office procedure. They numb the area, and just take it out. I was celebrating the end of chemotherapy treatment.
      Take care, Sharon

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  • Lacy Scheutzow Profile

    Has anyone take green super food I bought to start using andI. And turmeric

    Asked by anonymous

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Anytime you add something, be sure you ask your oncologist. I have been taking turmeric for a long time but started after having been through treatment. Eat a Mediterranean diet.
      Take care, Sharon

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I take turmeric and have been for years, helps with inflammation for sure.

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  • Marcia Torbett Profile

    How long after chemotherapy have some of you stayed in a "chemo fog"? I've been finished for seven months now and still feeling like I can't concentrate or focus or think straight many times during the day. Very difficult to work…

    Asked by anonymous

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I too am one of the lucky ones to not suffer from "chemo brain". Have you discussed it with your doctor?

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was very lucky not to have this symptom and have successfully returned to work.

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    I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, early stages. I had a lumpectomy. They said the margins were clear and there was not any lymph node involment . Should i still have radiation and cheno therapy. I am 61 years old..

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Everyone's cancer has a different makeup so treatment is individualized for each person. I have a high school classmate diagnosed with TNBC; she had a bilateral mastectomy (her choice) and did some chemo. but didn't require any radiation. Your team will come up with a plan just for you.

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    • Marcia Torbett Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I also had triple negative breast cancer that was diagnosed very early and only had to have a lumpectomy I went through the chemo and the radiation just to be certain and I did great! I am cancer free today! It's just not as bad as it used to be in my opinion… Chemo wasn't fun but wasn't as bad...

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      I also had triple negative breast cancer that was diagnosed very early and only had to have a lumpectomy I went through the chemo and the radiation just to be certain and I did great! I am cancer free today! It's just not as bad as it used to be in my opinion… Chemo wasn't fun but wasn't as bad as I thought. As the others said, though, this is a decision you and your doctors will need to make.

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  • anderia kuch Profile

    Should fibroadenoma's be removed

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    Patient
    3 days 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Anderia,
      I just found some information on The American Cancer Society site which was very informative. Here is the link. First and foremost, consult your doctor about anything that is not normal for you. If in doubt, get a second opinion.
      Take care,...

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      Anderia,
      I just found some information on The American Cancer Society site which was very informative. Here is the link. First and foremost, consult your doctor about anything that is not normal for you. If in doubt, get a second opinion.
      Take care, Sharon
      http://www.cancer.org/healthy/findcancerearly/womenshealth/non-cancerousbreastconditions/non-cancerous-breast-conditions-fibroadenomas

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I used to work as a Mammographer and as I recall they are not cancerous. I imagine it would be up to you if you want it removed. One place I was at we got a special biopsy unit and one lady who had a fibroadenoma (the administrator's wife) was convinced she wanted to be one of the first ladies...

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      I used to work as a Mammographer and as I recall they are not cancerous. I imagine it would be up to you if you want it removed. One place I was at we got a special biopsy unit and one lady who had a fibroadenoma (the administrator's wife) was convinced she wanted to be one of the first ladies to use it. Pathology did confirm it to be just that but she gloated on it for a long time. Have a discussion with your doctor and see what they recommend.

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  • Princess Shannon Profile

    Oncatype DX test

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    4 days 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      You have critically important questions you really need to discuss with your oncologist or a geneticist because they are so important to your future. There could be an unknown factor that at this point isn't known that could be influencing your families high rate of breast cancer. If I were...

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      You have critically important questions you really need to discuss with your oncologist or a geneticist because they are so important to your future. There could be an unknown factor that at this point isn't known that could be influencing your families high rate of breast cancer. If I were you, I would try to find out every bit of information I could. As for your decision after your onco test returns, if it happens to come back in a --grey-- area, I would not roll-the-dice and give up on chemotherapy. The lousy thing about breast cancer is the fact that sometimes women, even after doing every treatment recommended, it can come back. Chemotherapy isn't fun but you can rest assured, you have done all you can to treat this disease. If your test comes back in a questionable level, go for the chemo. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Your question is? Only certain factors come into play if one can have it done or not. I had it done to see if chemotherapy would be of benefit to me. I was right on the number saying I could get by without it but in adding it my recurrence rate dropped way down. It was over $4,000. 3 years...

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      Your question is? Only certain factors come into play if one can have it done or not. I had it done to see if chemotherapy would be of benefit to me. I was right on the number saying I could get by without it but in adding it my recurrence rate dropped way down. It was over $4,000. 3 years ago so don't know if it's more than that now or not.

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  • Lacy Scheutzow Profile

    Tube drains hurt really bad

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      LACY! I am SOOO glad to hear from you and know you have that huge surgery behind you. I thought that was way too much to have all at once so to hear from you now is wonderful! As for your drains, I do hope you can get them out ASAP. Since your appointment was yesterday, please let us know...

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      LACY! I am SOOO glad to hear from you and know you have that huge surgery behind you. I thought that was way too much to have all at once so to hear from you now is wonderful! As for your drains, I do hope you can get them out ASAP. Since your appointment was yesterday, please let us know how you are doing. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      You did the right thing in checking with your doctor. I'm not a doctor but I don't think pus should be coming out of it as in my opinion that sounds like perhaps an infection. My drainage was red colored that got less in amount and color over the 10 days they were in. Did you tell him about...

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      You did the right thing in checking with your doctor. I'm not a doctor but I don't think pus should be coming out of it as in my opinion that sounds like perhaps an infection. My drainage was red colored that got less in amount and color over the 10 days they were in. Did you tell him about the pain you are having?

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    How soon after chemo and surgery can one have a Reoccurrence ?

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      One would pray not at all but it's my understanding it can occur at any time.

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It can happen at any time but hopefully it never does. Think of it this way, it does no good for you to wait around for it to get you. You will depress yourself and ruin your life. Live your life as if your will never have a recurrence. You will feel much better and enjoy your life much more....

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      It can happen at any time but hopefully it never does. Think of it this way, it does no good for you to wait around for it to get you. You will depress yourself and ruin your life. Live your life as if your will never have a recurrence. You will feel much better and enjoy your life much more. If you do have a recurrence, you will deal with it. Chances are, you won't. It is much better for you, in the long run, to focus on a glass half full, rather than half empty. I am at 9 years.
      Take care, Sharon

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  • Donabel Dellosa Profile

    Anyone had Urinary Tract Infection with Chemo or Herceptin

    Asked by anonymous

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    10 days 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I didn't have one but it was always a question they asked me during each infusion as the chemo. meds. are eliminated in the urine. That part of one's anatomy is very sensitive anyway and some chemo. meds. are harsher than others (I'm not a doctor just recall what I was told).

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    • Donabel Dellosa Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ok... Thank you...

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