Hi Judy! Well, like Lori, I didn't have the Dose Dense either. I had the A/C every 3 weeks. So much has changed in just 4 years. I was part of a clinical study involving herceptin. I was in the group that did NOT get the herceptin. It has just shown, from these trials, that the women that took the herceptin along with the A/C have had a much lower rate of recurrance than those of us that didn't get the herceptin. This might be something that you will want to discuss with your oncologist.
Judy: Some women are able to work thru their treatments with no problems and others can't. I was in the "others can't" group. My counts dropped to low and I was really tired thru most of the treatment. I was lucky that I had a boss and job that allowed me to do some work from home when I felt like it. The one thing to remember is that you MUST listen to your body. You are fighting the battle for your life and there is nothing more important that putting that first. (in my opinion anyway) You will prob be told that you have to be careful, once treatments begin, and not be around anyone that has a cold or the flu. Luckily it is spring/summer so you will be able to be outside as well as eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies. Great to help with the healing. I don't know if anyone has suggested to you that you take someone with you when you go to talk to the onco. In fact, take a small tape recorder if you have one. Write out all of your questions and make sure that you get the answers to them. You will receive so much info that you will be overwhelmed at first.
I was going to do the chemo twice a week (taxotere) but had allergic reaction and needed more cortisteroids before treatments. Onc decided to just do the 3 week protocol.
Good Luck. We'll be praying for you!
Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."