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3/26/18 12:20 A

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I was lucky - the chemo I had for breast cancer was pretty tolerable, especially with all the meds to preemptively treat nausea, neuropathy, etc. The chemo my son had (not for breast cancer, but for brain cancer) was much, much worse. He suffered terribly from it. :-(

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3/25/18 12:12 P

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Yes, the treatments for breast cancer are also used to treat other ailments. Just not in such strong, frequent doses. I once told my doctor that my cancer didn't actually HURT, but every treatment they gave me did - surgery, chemo, radiation...

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3/24/18 3:44 P

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Hi - I know this is a very late reply, but I happened to see your post. When my son was on chemo, all of his acne, which was really, really bad, completely disappeared. So I asked one of the pediatric oncologists why, and he basically said that the chemo lowers the amount of inflammatory cells, which cause things like acne. I asked him what sort of inflammatory cells, and he said, things like white blood cells.

Did your oncologist give you a reason why your skin condition might have gone away when you were on chemo? It seemed to me it might be the same sort of thing. Although his acne came back - in spades! - about a year after he finished chemo. Unfortunately.

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12/3/16 11:31 A

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Thank you so much for your responses. It feel good to talk to someone that understand. I discovered my lump in February of 2014. Had biopsy, 18 rounds of chemo, 33 days of radiology, plus other treatments. All lasting till November 2015. I feel good as long as I'm sitting, which is hard for me to do. I've always been active, for the most part,and just sitting and doing nothing is driving me crazy. Even when I was taken chemo I enrolled in a Tai Chi class. My Doctors' insist that I keep my life style the same, but it is so hard. But thank you for the reminder, I will listen to my body more, which the Doctors also told me to do. It is nice to talk to someone who understand what I'm going through and also to know that I am not alone on this road. emoticon

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12/3/16 10:35 A

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I don't know what all your treatments were, but one year isn't really very long for your body to recover from heavy- duty surgery or chemo. And, as Carol pointed out, if you are still on some kind of ongoing treatment, that can affect your well-being also.

I am a nine year survivor.Before chemo, I had a skin condition, like a psoriasis, on my feet, legs, and hands for years. Luckily, the chemo made it all go away. It only started to come back in the last year.

I'm sure you are still under a doctor's care. Or maybe you have a nurse hotline you can call with questions. Talk to them. Do as much activity as you can, but increase your levels slowly, very slowly. Taking care f yourself means so much more than your weight.

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12/3/16 9:54 A

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I'm a 6-year survivor and also re-gained 30 of the pounds I had previously taken off with SP. My cancer was hormone positive, so I was put on a 5-year program of aromatase inhibitors to help prevent the return of the tumor. They produced a whole list of unwanted side effects including fatigue, muscle and bone pain, easy bruising, difficulty sleeping, and bone loss - exercise was virtually impossible. After 2 years of trying all available drugs of this type, I went off them totally. My oncologist finally agreed with my choice, admitting that these drugs don't guarantee the cancer will stay gone, just generally give you better odds. I decided I'd rather take my chances that if it returned, I'd face it with a healthy body and fight it off again. Since then, I've been able to return to rigorous exercise and have lost all but the last stubborn 5 pounds I had put back on.

Every body responds differently to treatments, and my advice is to monitor yours closely and don't hesitate to challenge the "experts". You know your body better than anyone else and need to be in charge of your own healing and wellness. Hang in there - you beat cancer, you'll beat this too.

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12/3/16 6:30 A

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Hi! This September I became a breast cancer survivor after one year. I gained over 50lbs during my sickness and I am having a very difficult time losing it. I can't seem to exercise anymore then 20 minutes at a time, after that I'm wiped out for the rest of the day. I'm trying to just walk as a form of exercise but it's hard because I am so used to doing so much more. I need support in my weight loss journey.

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