- Question from Annie: I have stage IV breast cancer. My last go-round of chemotherapy was Taxol and carboplatin; I still having lots of trouble with fatigue. Could either Herceptin or Femara be contributing? My blood counts are good.
- Answers - Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. Congratulations on finishing your chemotherapy.
- Tish Knobf It's not unusual to be fatigued from the chemotherapy in the first year. And, of course, these additional treatments may be contributing, as you are continuing to have to go to get the treatments. It may take your body some time to adjust to the Femara (chemical name: letrozole) treatment. We recommend that you slowly begin to increase your physical activity.
- Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. If you go to breastcancer.org discussion boards you'll find a sense of camaraderie with other posters that are feeling exactly as you are feeling. That isn't to imply that misery loves company but that this is "normal."
- Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. I think you'll also find people who have made the transition and be able to see that there's light at the end of the tunnel.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Fatigue During and After Treatment featured Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D., Tish Knobf, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., A.O.C.N., and Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about ways to keep up your energy, how nutrition can affect fatigue, and how exercising can help.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in January 2008.
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