I started my treatments of Herceptin & the chemo Abraxane at the end of June, 2013, a month after being diagnosed.
I have had 4 Rounds; a round being Week 1- Herceptin & Abraxane, Week 2 - Abraxane, Week 3 - free.
At the end of Round 4, CT scans & ultrasound showed that my boob lump was reduced by half & the spots on my lungs were imperceptible with the largest spot (10mm) down to 4.9mm.
I also had my portacath removed at this stage as the scar was not healing and the portacath seemed to be working its way out. However, it did function well deliving the cocktails :)
As all has been going so well, my oncologist allowed us to take a 2 week holiday to the big island of Hawaii which I had booked before the BC journey began. So with a dose of Herceptin only, here I am, feeling very good & normal, apart from being bald & probably the only person hiking that is covered from head to toe to avoid the sun! :)
When we get back in early October, a new portacath goes in & Round 5 starts. After Round 6, I will have surgery to remove what's remaining of the lump & a margin.
Throughout the treatments I have been feeling relatively well. Tiredness, some metallic taste, sun damaged skin scabbing & now healed, skin rashes, hair loss, sore finger & toe nails would be all I can really think of.
I have been 95% strict with my diet; lots of green & colored vegetables, red meat 3 or 4 times a week, fish & chicken, very little sweet food (not appreciated due to the metallic taste), the odd glass of red wine, very little gluten & no processed food with as much organically produced as possible, green & peppermint tea, fresh turmeric & ginger tea every morning. Just about every morning, a green juice plus a smoothie with a number of anti-oxidant foods in it as possible.
Walking, some easy yoga & meditation also.
So wondering if this is part of the reason I'm dealing with the treatment so well? Appreciate hearing about other people's diet & excercise regime. Cheers Gina