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How To Decide Next Steps After Lumpectomy.

Breast Cancer | Last Active: Sep 26, 2021 | Replies (60)

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Hello @trisha97 ,welcome to connect. I am so glad you found this. I am also really glad you got your radiation and lowered your risk by a ton of recurrence. How long since radiation? Are you having any issue after having taxol and radiati9n

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Hello @auntieoakley, and thank you. I finished radiation almost 4 months ago. The taxol was my 1st chemo. Dense dose 12 infusions once a week. I did very well on Taxol in general, didn't even affect my WBC count was in the normal range for the entire 12 weeks. The tumor completely disappeared after 3rd session, however, on the 10th session I developed a fever of 38°C/100.4°F, that climbed to 39°C/102.2°F, and was hospitalized for 8 days. They couldn't keep it down without IVs of Tylenol. Tested me twice for COVID, negative. Then tested me for bacteria infections, negative, and a panel of 27 viruses, all negative. Tried one antibiotic, no response, the fever went back up, finally, they put me on another type of antibiotic plus an antiviral drug. Finally, I began to respond, fever broke, although we never knew if I was responding to the antibiotic or the antiviral drug. We never knew what was the actual cause. The oncologist gave me a 3-week break from Taxol. We resumed the last two infusions without incident. Then a month's break, and we began AC once every 3 weeks for 4 months. AC was ugly, made me feel poorly and after 2nd infusion, it wiped out my white blood cells. Need to take injections of filgrastim to get my count back up to normal to finish out the AC treatment. Lomptomy went very well. One month break, and then we did the 4 weeks of radiation, took me about 6 weeks to get my breast skin back to a state of normalcy. My 6-month check-up will occur in November. Trying not to think about that until November. Just continue to work on healing. 🙂