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    Posted: Apr 08 2018 at 4:48pm
Started Taxol after AC: one of 12. I’ve had odd transient joint pain, peeling skin on my thumbs and really no appetite. Anybody else experience this? I’ll go back Tuesday for round 2. Still no energy but this might be lingering from the AC and low hemoglobin levels. Feeling a bit sorry for myself today so could use some encouragement! Also how many also had Carboplatin and what are it’s effects?! Thanks 🙏
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Does everyone get the same mix of drugs ACT or is there another combination being used. I'm being pressured to go to a large city center to get a second opinion. I really don't want to be treated away from home.  I've been clinically staged at 1a grade 3. Lumpectomy, Chemo and radiation recommended. From looking at this site it seems to me that all treatment is fairly the same other than surgery first or after chemo.

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It seems like act is the norm with stuff sometimes added in. I had act only
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Thanks, That's what I'm thinking so I see no point in going to a large city to receive treatment.
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I had joint pain with Taxol both times, I resorted to pain pills when it got bad and they worked. Definitely talk to your doctor. Don't hesitate to call when you have issues - You don't have to wait for your next treatment. I also went on antidepressants about this same time in treatment where you are. Feeling "blue", sad and such is common after what you've been thru! They really helped me get thru to the end without being so miserable.
Getting a second opinion never means you need to get treatment where your second opinion doctor is! I'm in Dallas, my second opinion doc is at MD Anderson in Houston 4+ hours away. He knew I was there for a second opinion and had no problem with it. And it DID change my treatment plan a bit. He and my local Dr. Communicated about me throughout my care - it was great! I went back to MDA for a surgical 2nd opinion. It didn't change what I did that time but I don't regret it one bit! I firmly believe _everyone_ with cancer needs a second opinion, you never know what a fresh pair of eyes might see regarding your case, or what new strategy they may have to tweak your plan. It saves lives!
IDC, 2.2 cm, Stage IIb,lumpectomy 1/30/09 ACx4,Tx4 36 rads
6/1/17 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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PS: I've been hanging around here for 9+ years and I have NEVER heard anyone regret a second opinion. Quite the opposite, it's been life changing for so many - and at least comforting for others. I've also seen it end up being helpful later in treatment, ie: something changes during treatment, the second opinion Dr. is then able to weigh in with opinions by phone because you've seen them already - once you've seen a Dr. You are an existing patient forever - you've added that Dr and hospital to your team, and they're ready and able to assist if the need arises. It's like adding more ammo to your arsenal as you head into a war :-)
IDC, 2.2 cm, Stage IIb,lumpectomy 1/30/09 ACx4,Tx4 36 rads
6/1/17 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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Warriorkat,

Check out this thread about the benefits of adding Carboplatin.



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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Hi All, thanks for all of the advice. Since my surgery date isn't until May 8, I'm headed for Second Opinion at Seattle Care Alliance.  They have docs who have a bit more experience and may affect the chemo recipe.  Going to include a little vacation. I love riding the Seattle Ferries.
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spring in Seattle sounds awesome! I love browsing pike place, eating chowder. Cocktails at sunset stop the needle I need a vaca, I'm all jelly about y'alls trips!
IDC, 2.2 cm, Stage IIb,lumpectomy 1/30/09 ACx4,Tx4 36 rads
6/1/17 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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