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    Posted: Feb 01 2014 at 12:27pm
Hi everyone,
My mom was diagnosed stage 1 and had a lumpectomy 2 years ago. Chemo & Radiation.  The cancer was found again about 3 weeks ago, stage 4.  A size 7cm tumor on her liver and spots in her vertebrae.  My mom has done one round of chemo and we were floored by how laid out she was by the treatment.  She wasn't sick at all with her first series of chemo.
Can any one give me advice as to things that might help her get through her next round better?  
Also if anyone wants to message me with some honest expectations for this process I would appreciate hearing your stories.

Thank you,
Emily
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Hi Emily,

I'm so sorry your mom's cancer returned.  Can you share what type of chemo she had the first time?  What type of chemo is she getting now?  

Donna
DX IDC TNBC 6/09 age 49, Stage 1,Grade 3, 1.5cm,0/5Nodes,KI-67 48%,BRCA-,6/09bi-mx, recon, T/C X4(9/09)
11/10 Recur IM node, Gem,Carb,Iniparib 12/10,MRI NED 2/11,IMRT Radsx40,CT NED11/13,MRI NED3/15

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Now she has taxol and adria.  I am not sure on the first round.
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Lovely, Talk to her onc about more meds for nausea. I ended up with 4 different meds.......one was a patch........the one that helped finally in the end was as the onc said "This is an older med that will make you sleepy" As I said to him.....I would love to sleep through as much of the side effects as I can......bring in on!! It did help.
Dx TNBC 6/12; age 59; Stage 3, Grade 3; 3.5 cm, 3/10 nodes + chest wall nodes; A/C x4, T x 12 completed 12/12 with PCR, 2/13/13 lump; IMRT Rads x 33 completed 5/22/13 BRCA 1 negative.
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the older med was probably Compazine, I took it with Zofran and it worked well. Definitely call the DR and ask for different drugs to try. Let us know what they say. 
IDC, 2.2 cm, Stage IIb,lumpectomy 1/30/09 ACx4,Tx4 36 rads
6/1/16 Local recurrence same breast, same spot 1.8cm Carb.4x every 3 wks, Taxol 12x once wk. Dbl Mast. PCR!! Reconstruction fail, NED!
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Kelly, I started with Compazine and Zophran and then the patch......the older med was the fourth anti nausea med was something else and I can't remember the name.
Dx TNBC 6/12; age 59; Stage 3, Grade 3; 3.5 cm, 3/10 nodes + chest wall nodes; A/C x4, T x 12 completed 12/12 with PCR, 2/13/13 lump; IMRT Rads x 33 completed 5/22/13 BRCA 1 negative.
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i had 5 different anti nausea meds, wore my sea bands for a week during and after each treatment and had a gifted acupuncturist (with the blessing of my onco) and firmly believe each one of those things helped greatly.  i found that peppermints also helped with nausea.   drinking lots of water is important to keep hydrated.   i hope your mother finds something that helps.
Lg lump never visible on any films but found 9mm. Lump 1/25/12, DX 1/31@50yrs IIIC/TN/DCIS/INV, Margins Unclr, Ki67 40%,Gr2. MX L 2/24. 3.1cm total. 11/17nodes. AC/T 2xWk,33rads. 12/12 MX R. 9/13 NED!
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I also drank ginger tea and ate ginger snaps(must contain real ginger) too which did help as well. Just a few more thoughts I had! :)
Dx TNBC 6/12; age 59; Stage 3, Grade 3; 3.5 cm, 3/10 nodes + chest wall nodes; A/C x4, T x 12 completed 12/12 with PCR, 2/13/13 lump; IMRT Rads x 33 completed 5/22/13 BRCA 1 negative.
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