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posted by Catherine Kiely
30 July 2020

Taxol

Last reply: 2 months ago
I had my first cycle of Taxol on Wednesday last week. Had 4 cycles of AC previous to that. Tough days were had. I'd read that taxol is a walk in the park after AC. Not for me. Suffered horrendous bone and joint pain along with pelvic pain from 2pm two days after taxol. I had to contact Oncology ward to seek advice Re pain management. Upped oxynorm every 2 to 4 hours, it barely touched the surface of the pain. Sleeping tablets were the only way I could get sleep. Meeting with a Registrar tomorrow to discuss my options, lower dose, weekly dose instead of 2 weekly. I just know I could never face that pain again. Saves to say don't believe everything you read as we are all different. I can't help but think I've had 4Ac, 1 taxol, do I really need to put my body through more of this, as it's an insurance kind of treatment to make sure the cancer is wiped out. I know I'm wiped out. Let's see what tomorrow's discussion brings to the table.
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posted by Flowers
28 July 2020

Capsular Contractor of Breast Implant and Breast Implant Illness.

Last reply: 1 month ago
Would be interested in hearing from anyone that has had their breast implant removed because of Capsular Contractor and have not had the implant replaced. Also, anyone that has been diagnosed with Breast Implant illness?
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posted by Mrsmoleary
25 July 2020

Scared of dilator

Last reply: 2 months ago
Hi all, I just found this forum and wish I had found it several months ago. I was diagnosed with cervical cancer on 26th February 2020, had a radical hysterectomy on 31st March and then 23 sessions of radiotherapy finishing on the 19th June. It's been just over a month since my last radiotherapy but I still cant bring myself to use the dilator to prevent the scar tissue. Honestly I dont know why. I am 36 years old and do wish to continue having a normal sex life but just cant mentally bring myself to follow the advice. I suppose I've just found it difficult to access supports during the pandemic and although technology is great, I do find it very difficult to say anything other than I'm fine in these zoom calls or whatever technology is being used. I also wonder how everyone is feeling about returning to work. Financially I'm very lucky in that I'm under no pressure to return any time soon, however it has been mentioned to me on several occasions by medical professionals about when I plan on returning. Honestly, I dont feel up to returning to work just yet, I usually work 60/70 hour weeks and know myself I wouldn't be able to keep up with my colleagues right now. Thanking you in advance for taking the time to read and any advice you can offer.
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posted by suzemma
25 July 2020

Breast cancer

Last reply: 2 months ago
Hi I went for a mammogram over two weeks ago with breast check.I was told results would be posted to me. I got a call yesterday asking me to see doctor on Monday. Secretary said they were doing it in reverse due to covid. She said I'm not booked in for any tests but I'm terrified and I wondered if anyone else is in the same boat. Thanks in advance.
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posted by kerrie
25 July 2020

Lump

Last reply: 2 months ago
Hi so I felt discomfort underneath my armpit about 4 weeks ago while shaving in the shower I left it thinking maybe a swollen gland then a few days ago I felt it again 1 evening while watching tv so I felt around and near the edge of my armpit there was a lump I kept feeling and then felt a lump on my breast all on the left side yesterday morning when I woke the top of my arm felt dead or heavy I called go and went in for a check up he also could feel both he said there is a lot of pain and discomfort there and inflammation there is family history of breast cancer my nanny died from breast cancer at 46 and some of her daughters have had lumps removed not sure if they were cancerous though but I’m only turning 30 in 3 weeks time I have 4 kids 1 who is autistic adhd and odd his twin has intellectual disabilities and the youngest is possibly adhd although not diagnosed yet I’m very worried because of this my gp has reffered me to breast clinic said I will be seen within 6 weeks he prescribed inflammatory tablets and gave me difene for pain should I be worried or could it be nothing
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posted by Stephanie
24 July 2020

WLE at side of knee

Last reply: 2 months ago
Hi, I recently had a WLE at the side of my knee after a malignant melanoma. One week later I am trying not to do too much on it. Would love some advice from someone else
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posted by rachellogan85
22 July 2020

Breast cancer

Last reply: 1 month ago
I have recently been diagnosed with DCIS, I was looking at a lumpectomy and radiotherapy but now the surgeon wants to do a mascetamy. I’m Only 35, and really don’t want to loose my breast. He’s offered immediate reconstruction but it’s taken me completely off guard. I can’t stop crying. Help! I need some understanding that I’m Not alone in worrying about loosing my breast
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posted by mrsmaggot
21 July 2020

Breast lump

Last reply: 14 days ago
Hi all. I found a lump on my breast three weeks ago now. There is a history of breast cancer on in my maternal grandmother and great aunt. I’m only 36 but I’m really worried. I went straight to the gp who feels it is a cyst but because of my family history she said she would refer me urgently to the symptomatic breast clinic and I would be seen within 3 weeks. I’ve been going out of my mind with worry. I had heard nothing and rang a few times - today I learned that I have been triaged as a routine appointment and I will get an appointment at some stage’. I don’t even have a date. I am now sitting up crying and worried and I’m so angry that someone along the line hasn’t taken me seriously enough. I inquired about going private to my gp and she said there was no need, that I’d be seen within 3 weeks. I’ve looked at the breast clinic referral for pathways and it states that if I have a unilateral discrete mass I am considered an urgent referral. I can’t understand how I am considered routine with a lump and a family history. I know that I should be ok age wise but I also know a women a few years older than me who is currently going through chemotherapy and I can’t stop thinking about it. I’m so anxious and angry. Can anyone shed any light on what has happened here and why the clinic are shrugging their shoulders? Thank you and I hope everyone’s ok xx
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posted by DebbieMccarthy
20 July 2020

DIEP breast reconstruction

Last reply: 2 months ago
Hi I wonder if anyone can help me. Is there a minimum BMI you have to be to be able to have a DIEP breast reconstruction?
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posted by ladybird
19 July 2020

Can I drive after lumpectomy

Last reply: 2 months ago
I had lumpectomy reading different comments are staying u can’t drive for a couple of weeks. Doctors or nurses did not mention it.
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