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    Posted: Mar 20 2017 at 1:29pm
Hi Everyone - I am heading into my fourth and final chemo treatment (TC) next week.  I have noticed a funny stomach pain right under my rib cage that comes and goes.  Nothing crippling, but it has me worried.  I have read that chemo affects the stomach and stomach issues can be common.  Has anyone experienced stomach pains during chemo?  

I appreciate any response.  I don't need more to worry about and want to be super happy as I walk into my last treatment.  My mind is saying "Oh my gosh now I have stomach cancer" which can't be possible because I was a stage 1a with no lymph-node involvement.  Funny how the mind let's you freak out over things when you are TN.

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Penny 
DX IDC, TNBC 12/7/16 (age 55), Stage 1a Grade 2, .6cm, 0/1 nodes, Lumpectomy & node dissection 12/22/16, BRCA1&2 negative 1/23/17 Chemo TC. Chemo completed 3/28/17. 30 RADs completed 6/6/17.

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Hi Penny,

Keep on trucking sister, you're almost done!! I had the same diagnosis as you last year. Right before my last two Taxol treatments I had stomach cramps and nausea. Didn't want any food at all. Was just a side effect of the chemo in my case (and I'm sure in yours too). A year later and all back to normal. Hang in there, sweetie!! Ring that bell on your last day!
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Hi Penny,

It wouldn't hurt to mention this pain to your oncologist at your next appointment. He/she would have a good sense of what's going on and what's causing that pain. To help your oncologist, you may want to keep a log of when the pain occurs, where, what time and what you're doing when it 'hits'. 

Your thoughts are normal, I know that I also find that my thoughts go that way when I experience a new sensation in my body. I'm learning to give it time and if the pain persists for more than 2 weeks, I go and see my doctor.
Dx: Nov. 27/15, TNBC, left breast & lymph, BRCA -; Chemo: Dec 4/15 - Mar 4/16; 4 DD A/C, 3 DD Taxol; BMX/ALND: April 26/16; Stage 3C; Radiation: June 10-July 15/16; 1 cycle Xeloda: Aug 15 - 28/16
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