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    Life after the diagnosis of Breast Cancer
    OriginalParis1 posted:
    In March, 2010 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and bone cancer. I knew I had a lump in my breast, but refused to have it examined for fear it would turn into cancer. When my arm and hand became swollen and painful, I suspected it had something to do with my breast, so I went to the doctor. It has been a year since that day I got the news. First I was put on Arimidex to reduce the estrogen which was suspected of causing the problem, but the side effects were growth of the tumor and an ulceration. I refused to have a mastectomy and dealt with the bleeding for a few months, but it did eventually heal. My medication was changed to Xeloda, and I am happy to say my cancer markers have decreased from 433 to 299. There have been very disturbing side effects which include a reduction in my red blood cells, "hand and foot syndrome"... a blackening of my palms and soles and sensitivity which impeded my ability to comfortably walk or touch anything metal. Now the skin is peeling away, and my kidneys are showing an adverse effect of the chemo. I was taking 3000 mgms. but it has been reduced to 2000 to lessen the effects, and I will be halting the dosage to every two weeks off instead of every other week to allow my body to recover somewhat. All in all, I am feeling positive about my progress and the decisions I have made regarding my care. I have a wonderful team of doctors and nurses who really seem concerned for my well-being and who listen, although reluctantly sometimes, to what I would like to do concerning my health. I hope that this time next year, my report will be a glorious one of having survived and continuing to strive. God bless.
    rachael67 responded:
    I am glad you have found this group and have taken time to post your journey and all that you have experienced and learned. We not only treasure our members, but we also learn so much from one another! Welcome!

    What good news that your tumor markers are falling, and that you are feeling positive about your progress.

    We hope to hear how you are doing, and look forward to your postings.

    Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly! Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!!
    jenna291 replied to rachael67's response:
    That is great news that your tumor markers are falling. What a journey! I hope you continue to do well, and you DO get that glororious report you so deserve!
    Keep us posted on your progress!!!
    Best - Jenna
    bcdevil replied to jenna291's response:
    Jenna or Rachael,
    My surgeons said my tumor markers were high before surgery, but haven't retested it since. At what point should they be doing this? Should i ask?
    Janice_78 replied to bcdevil's response:
    Some doctors don't run tumor markers as they're not effective for everyone. You might want to discuss this matter with your onc.
    bcdevil replied to Janice_78's response:
    Thank you Janice!! Will ask on the 18th when i go for follow up. Keep fighting girl!!
    lucky shamrocks n hugs
    mhall6252 replied to bcdevil's response:
    My oncologist tested tumor markers (CA 27.29) every 4 months once I finished the initial treatment. It's a good thing, too, because otherwise we might not have caught this recurrence before it was too late. For me, they told the story of trouble brewing big time.


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