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Topic: 25 vs 28 treatments
Posted By: aliciadawn326
Subject: 25 vs 28 treatments
Date Posted: Apr 18 2015 at 4:46pm
Hi all- I've completed 25 radiation treatments and had to stop because my skin was on fire.  I have very sensitive skin and it reached its boiling point so to speak.  My RO gave me a week off but wants me to finish last 3 treatments in my plan.  She said I do not need a boost b/c my skin has had a favorable reaction to treatment.  I had neoadjuvant chemo, bilateral mastectomy, PCR...radiation was recommended by 1st and 2nd opinion RO because of my young age (33 at diagnosis) and TNBC status.  My BS and medical oncologist said I'm in gray area but also favored radiation because I went with aggressive chemo and surgical options.  

I'm so conflicted on completing the last 3...I want to be finished but just can't stop thinking about what ifs.


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Dx TNBC 6/2014, 7 cm tumor, BRCA-, Neoadjvt chemo 12 Abraxane (taxol allergy), 4 carbo, 4 A/C, bilateral mast 1/29/15, PCR, sentinal node dissection: 0+ nodes, 5 weeks rad



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Posted By: 123Donna
Date Posted: Apr 19 2015 at 6:23pm
Alicia,

I don't know the answer, but wanted to congratulate you on achieving a PCR!

Donna


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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



Posted By: aliciadawn326
Date Posted: Apr 19 2015 at 8:30pm
Thank you Donna!  It's been one crazy ride.  The concern is in my internal mam node...it was enlarged on MRI at time of diagnosis but had shrunk back into normal range 3 months into chemo.  I think I'm just going to finish it off with 3 more treatments and then I'll know I did everything.  My 19-month-old and loving, supportive husband are well worth it. 

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Dx TNBC 6/2014, 7 cm tumor, BRCA-, Neoadjvt chemo 12 Abraxane (taxol allergy), 4 carbo, 4 A/C, bilateral mast 1/29/15, PCR, sentinal node dissection: 0+ nodes, 5 weeks rad


Posted By: Lillie
Date Posted: Apr 19 2015 at 10:59pm
Dear Alicia,
Good luck with the last 3 treatments. You are so correct in saying you will know you did everything you knew to do. Also, our babies and husbands and well worth going the last mile. I'm glad your husband is supportive of you, that is so Special.

God Bless,
Lillie

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Dx 6/06 age 65,IDC-TNBC
Stage IIb,Gr3,2cm,BRCA-
6/06 L/Mast/w/SNB,1of3 Nodes+
6/06 Axl. 9 nodes-
8/8 thru 11/15 Chemo (Clin-Trial) DD A/Cx4 -- DD taxol+gemzar x4
No Rads.
No RECON - 11/2018-12 yrs NED


Posted By: aliciadawn326
Date Posted: Apr 20 2015 at 3:29pm
Thank you Lillie!  I'm so happy to have found this site, so much support.

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Dx TNBC 6/2014, 7 cm tumor, BRCA-, Neoadjvt chemo 12 Abraxane (taxol allergy), 4 carbo, 4 A/C, bilateral mast 1/29/15, PCR, sentinal node dissection: 0+ nodes, 5 weeks rad


Posted By: MLindaG
Date Posted: Apr 20 2015 at 4:43pm
Alicia, I had a similar experience with sensitive skin and had to take a week off.......they ended up increasing the number of radiation sessions but making them slightly less in intensity - of course when they told me I had more to do I had a meltdown in the radiation room!!! I was so focused on the end!! I look back now and can laugh about it but at the time I was really upset!! Great results on your Chemo!!

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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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