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Sat, Jan 5 2:02pm · After breast cancer chemo - Paclitaxel in Breast Cancer

Carnation instant breakfast has a better flavor profile than ensure in my opinion. When I worked as a hospital dietitian many people tolerated it better from a flavor perspective than Ensure. I think that protein shakes are hard to tolerate even when you are feeling great!

Sat, Jan 5 11:37am · After breast cancer chemo - Paclitaxel in Breast Cancer

So I had 4 rounds of chemo over 12 weeks. The tiredness does go away eventually. I napped and did some physical activity between chemo and radiation. I found some foods that tasted good to me and that is what I ate. If you are not lactose intolerant, I like Carnation Instant breakfast mixed with milk or milk and ice cream. Gets the calories, protein and assorted nutrients into your body. Some people find watermelon tastes good. I still don’t like most salad dressings—Ken’s dressings taste the best. I ate lots of soup and baked potatoes. Some days a BRAT diet worked best—-bananas, applesauce, rice and toast. Small meals eaten every few hours was also helpful.
You will be tired during radiation but not nearly as much as during chemo! Save your energy for doing those things that matter the most to you.
I found it does get better with time. Mary Kay

Nov 2, 2018 · radiation burns in Cancer

Hi, the radiation oncologist recommended that I use Domeboro which can be purchased over the counter and I followed the instructions on the package. Depending on how bad the burn is, there is also something that the radiation oncologist can prescribe. When I was at Hope Lodge, several people were using a prescription strength product. Make sure you talk with the doctor to see what they recommend. Then as it got better, They had me use Aquaphor—this can also be purchased over the counter. Good Luck. Mary Kay. ,

Oct 20, 2018 · ~ to all my female friends ~ in Breast Cancer

I looked at breast cancer as one more heath 'thing' to deal with. Losing my hair was okay and it has been fun to try new hair colors and wigs and now as my hair grows out , I play with my hair and create new spikes or smoothness depending on the day! I had metaplastic, stage 2, triple negative. And so far now new lumps or bumps after surgery, chemo and radiation. I enjoy each and every day. I have had a great supportive team who I know will go the distance with me, and those who couldn't be supportive quickly weeded themselves out.

Sep 21, 2018 · Preparing for Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer

As a dietitian, I would strongly recommend that you talk with one of the dietitians at Mayo or if you are not at Mayo, talk with the dietitian at the hospital you are being treated at. There are some great resources on Nutrition from the American Cancer Society. I asked for a consult with one of the Mayo dietitians and got some excellent information. If you are at the clinic they do a nutrition workshop at least weekly.

I make sure I ate a variety of foods from all of the different food groups and did not do a special diet. The biggest challenge was that I had some taste changes. I also ate small frequent meals.

Sep 20, 2018 · Preparing for Chemotherapy in Breast Cancer

Check with your oncologist before getting a flu shot. Be prepared to drink lots of water! To help with nutrition I used Carnation Instant breakfast mixed with milk—-I liked the taste and would sometimes mix it with ice cream for a shake. I bought some noise canceling headphones that I wore during infusions so I could listen to music. A friend had given me a soft blanket and I always took that with me to infusions. I love earrings so I always wore my favorite ones. I belong to a fiber guild and I have almost 20 hats that different people made for me. I also had a wig that I wore. I made sure I got lots of sleep and used lotions to keep my skin soft. Get your teeth checked before you start chemo. I had a massage with in several days after an infusion and accupuncture within three days of an infusion. I didn't get pedicures while I was getting chemo or radiation. I had four rounds of chemo—-1 treatment every three weeks. I had problems with dehydration and got fluid each time. Stay positive.

Jul 4, 2018 · Itchy scalp long term in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I use Nizoral shampoo two to three times a week. Recommended by a dermatologist a number of years ago.