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Old 01-21-2015, 11:10 AM   #1
Adriana Mangus
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Wbr unable to eat

Hi, anyone who can share nutritious meals, some liquid some solid.
going in to two months - February 2, since radiation. Still can't manage foods.

Thank you.
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28 nodes neg
Er,Pr, Positive HER2 status unknown
2003- Recur to rt lung.July 16 ( B-Day!)
Her2+++ Er,Pr, Negative
2003 - Aug04--Navelbine + Herceptin
2004- 2007--
NED - Herceptin, only
2007 Feb-April Xeloda added to hereceptin
2007-May Back on Navelbine+Herceptin
2008-Feb-Mar 15 Ses Rad to Rt. Lung
2008- Oc 17 Add Tykerb to Herceptin
2009- June-- Discont Tykerb
2009 July 7--Current Taxol + Herceptin
2009 Dec--Discontinued treatment due to progression. Looking into cyberknife.
2010-Aug Accepted to TDM1, no SE, except liver count went up.
2010-2011 September got kicked out of the trial, due to a small spot found on lung.
2011- 2012 September thru early 2013 on Herceptin
2013- March Bone density shows small spot on 5th rib.
2013 - April 4th appt with onc. will post after discussing course of treatment.
2013-March-April Cyber knife to brain and radiation to rib. Chest --base line before chemo-CT-Scan stable for lung issue. CA2729 Normal.
2013 April Herceptin- TDMI
2013 Sept Herceptin + Perjeta . CA2729 within normal range. Brain and Pet scans October 31st. will post results.
2013 October Brain MRI- mixed response. Will see Onc/rad on Halloween.
2013 October/November Brain-MRI nothing new. Repeat MRI next year in May.

2013 December Continue Herceptin and Perjeta. Stable at the moment.
2014 February Brain MRI -clear!
2014 January Added Taxotere to Perjeta+Herceptin.
2014 March Stopped chemo-chest ct-scan next.

2014- March Scans shows tumor's larger, CA2729 higher. Discontinue Herceptin.
2014 April Perjeta+ Halaven
2014 April CA2729 went down 60 points after one cycle. Cough does not want to go away.
2014 June Continue on Perjeta + Halaven-- no more cough. Stable
2014 June Back on Herceptin + abraxane
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Old 01-21-2015, 05:33 PM   #2
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Re: Wbr unable to eat

I'm sorry to hear that you are unable to eat. When I was feeling too sick to eat I would drink ice cold vanilla and/or strawberry meal replacement drinks. I got them at Walmart and they were basically the generic version of ensure. I'd drink them through a straw which seemed to help.

I also found that scrambled eggs went down pretty easy. I'd add extra egg whites in order to get extra protein. Cream of wheat, oatmeal, mashed sweet potatoes also seemed to be tolerable.

Good luck to you
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9/2013 After 1st round of chemo, mass in neck and breast no longer able to feel
11/2013 Hysterectomy, mass from PET/CT scan not cancer (adenomylosis)
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1/2014 Double mastectomy with chest expanders
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:21 PM   #3
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Re: Wbr unable to eat

I too am sorry you are having difficulty eating, I found that to be one of the most troublesome problems to overcome during chemo. I knew I had to do it, but just didn't want to. For me, fruit smoothies were tolerable. I made them with vanilla Greek yogurt, frozen fruit, and ice. Here is a link for a nutritious broth that I sipped on too.http://rebeccakatz.com/soups-broths/...mineral-broth/ Wishing you the best.
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Mar 2014 -port placement, chemo begins (TCHP)x6 every 3 weeks, Neulasta shots.
June 2014 complete chemo series, Herceptin only until Mar 15
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Sept 2014 -radiation 28x
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:09 PM   #4
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Re: Wbr unable to eat

I really like the healing foods on a macrobiotic diet. Short grain brown rice, cooked with a little extra water and then put in the blender and eaten like thick soup/porridge. I would do the same thing with oatmeal, and cinnamon. I stay away from animal products because of the high levels of methionine, (Google methionine and cancer) and tend to be more vegan, supplementing vitamin B12. There are lots of green smoothie recipes you can blend together which will go down easier and help you heal.
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Decline chemotherapy (decision I regret)
Nov 2009 Mets to lungs and bones.
Dec 2009 Start Taxotere and Herceptin, T1, T3 heal completely and lungs are clear, T2 and first rib have lytic lesions. First rib becomes sclerotic. Considered stable.
May 2011, Onc calls progression and I cross over from comparison arm of clinical trial to TDM-1
Brain scan in Sept 2011 showed small tumor in right cerebellum, did Novalis radiation.


Feb 2013 < 1cm tumor in left frontal lobe. Did Novalis in March and latest scan shows no sign of brain metastasis.
Aug 2013 did 36th round of TDM-1 Due to TDM-1 side effects, shortness of breath, and difficulty getting my balance when getting out of bed, agreed with my oncologist to stop TDM-1.
Took a six week break, bone scan showed small uptake on left first rib. CT showed hypodensities in liver (too small to biopsy) and small nodule in lungs (mediastinal).
Started Navelbine weekly. Did one round with Herceptin.
Skipped next 2 rounds, due to neutropenia. Next chemo 7th Nov - have had 3 Neupogen shots, so WBC should look better... Did not tolerate Navelbine well.
December 2013 scans show no sign of active cancer.
March 2014 - currently only on Herceptin - brain MRI clear, PET/CT two nodules in right lung show uptake
May 2014 - stop Herceptin.
Sept 22, 2014 Brain MRI clear :) PET/CT Progression in lungs.
Sept 2014, Xeloda, Tykerb and Herceptin.
Nov 2014 - Decide to take a break from all treatment.
May 2015 - Brain met radiated with Novalis
July 2015 - Have progression in right lung.
Sept 2015 - Perjeta and Herceptin alone after a 9 month break from all treatment.
Nov 2015 - Thoracentesis 1500ml removed from right lung.
Dec 2015 - Two tiny 1mm brain mets radiated in right cerebellum.
Feb 2016 - Thoracentesis 2200ml drained from right lung
Feb 2016 - Stopped Perjeta and Herceptin and started back on Kadcyla as I had no previous progression on it. After 1 cycle of Kadcyla markers begin to drop. On second cycle add Keytruda.
March 2016 - Thoracentesis 1650ml drained from right lung.
April 2016 Thoracentesis 1500 ml drained from right lung.
June 2016 CT scan shows progression in right lung, as well as moderate pleural effusion requiring Thoracentesis.
June 2016 Decide to stop Keytruda, and will do chemosensitivity test through Rational Therapeutics. Plan to continue on Kadcyla for next two cycles.
July 2016 - Start weekly Abraxane with Herceptin. WBRT with hippocampal sparing, Taking Namenda. 15 sessions over 3 weeks.
Aug - Dec 2016 - 2 infusions of Navelbine, very hard on my body and still dealing with anasarca (generalized edema) 1 infusion of Havalen
My doctor wants to put me on hospice.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:48 PM   #5
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Re: Wbr unable to eat

So sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I also lost my appetite earlier this month, but it was after surgery. Nonetheless, I had no appetite and I found a ready-made protein drink in the juice section of Safeway. I didn't have the energy to make my own shakes so this worked. I could not get down 8 oz at one time but 4oz was what I could manage. I also stay away from meat and dairy as much as I can (inflammation). But how about soup? Cream of wheat with almond milk? Nuts? Figs and other dried fruit? Fig bars? Egg whites? Peanut butter? Edamame? A I know I am repeating some similar suggestions from above. Just want to help. Please keep us posted.
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Rt side infection, hospitalized, lost right implant on Jan 1, 2015
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:58 PM   #6
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Re: Wbr unable to eat

Dear Adriana,

I have wondered what was going on with you. So very sorry to hear this.

When it was difficult to eat I found applesauce was good. Chicken broth with a little scrambled egg worked as well. Have you tried mashed sweet potatoes with some butter?

Maybe pears or frozen yogurt would work in small amounts.

I hope you can find some foods that you can tolerate so you can get your strength up.
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Found suspicious lump 9/2000
Lumpectomy, then node dissection and port placement
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36 rads - very little burning
3 mos after rads liver full of tumors, Stage IV Jan 2002, one spot on sternum
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STILL NED everywhere in Feb 2014 - on wing & prayer
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:11 PM   #7
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Re: Wbr unable to eat

Also try hummus, guacamole/avocado and lentil soup. Are you feeling hungry yet?
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PET/CT/Brain MRI clear
ACTHP until Dec 2013
BMX Dec 2013
28 Rads Feb 2014
Exchange surgery June 2014
Herceptin end Sept 2014
Headaches start Oct 2014
CT body clear Nov 2014
Brain MRI 4 lesions Nov 2014
SRS via LINAC in Dec 2014
Rt side infection, hospitalized, lost right implant on Jan 1, 2015
Jan 14 2015 MRI brain lesions shrinking
Jan 27 2015 Re-start herceptin every 3 weeks
Feb 2015 CT/PET Body clear
Re-start Lymphedema treatment April 2015
Breast MRI clear April 2015
Brain MRI April 2015 - shows everything stable, nothing new (whew)
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