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My first chemo therapy with AC will start next week. What do I need to expect and avoid besides of keeping my hands cleaned? I am on stage 3.

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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Ziyoda, It is difficult to say what to expect because everyone seems to have different reactions to chemotherapy. You can expect to be tired as that is the one thing that happens to everyone. Your hair will start to fall out approximately 2 weeks after your first treatment. When mine started to drop, I shaved my head. I wore hats, scarves, and even went "commando" (bald). Be sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids. Have someone drive you to and from your treatment appointments. Your immune system will be stressed so stay away from crowds, and especially folks with sore throats, coughs, and any other thing that might be contagious. Eat a balanced diet. You may lose your appetite for certain foods as your taste can change. Do not be afraid to contact your oncologist's office if you have questions. People can have a variety of side effects from chemo. so there are few that are universal. You are your own best advocate so don't be afraid to question something that doesn't seem right. I approach most everything with humor and was always cordial to the staff. Hang in there... you will march through this one treatment at a time. We are here to help you as much as we can. You WILL make it! Take care, Sharon
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Yep, everything Sharon said! I shaved my head at about 3 weeks into it. My hair was falling out and my scalp HURT. It's really weird at first but you get used to it.
      The docs and staff will be there for you all the way and you should rely on...

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      Yep, everything Sharon said! I shaved my head at about 3 weeks into it. My hair was falling out and my scalp HURT. It's really weird at first but you get used to it.
      The docs and staff will be there for you all the way and you should rely on them heavily. They know their stuff and will treat your symptoms quickly. Call them 24/7 if anything at all comes up. Best of luck to you -- stay strong!

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  • sylvia clark Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Had my First a week ago and i agree w Sharon. i suggest you keep a water glass by your night stand, i found myself waking up thirsty quite a bit. You Also wat to brush your teeth several times a day to avoid issues. Ohhh and rest lots of rest :)
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  • Anj Donahue Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    As Sharon mentioned, everyone has a different experience with chemo. However, from my own experience (I finished 4 dose dense rounds of AC last month) the worst thing for me was the fatigue. It took me a week to feel back to normal after each treatment. Other than that, I found I was unable to taste a lot of foods. Dry mouth was another one. I recommend using a cool mist humidifier and getting some Biotene mouthwash/toothpaste to aid with that. Also sucking on sugar free candies. I had some loss of appetite as well, and people will suggest Ensure to you if you have trouble eating. Don't do it. Lol! Get high protein Boost. It tastes much better. :) Wishing you the best of luck with your impending treatment and with minimal side effects! -xoxo, Anj
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  • Striving to Survive Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thank you very much for all your advices. I will try my best. I am still nervous and don't know what is going to happen tomorrow but I will not give up and fight this disease God willing. :)
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