Women who don't have BRCA mutations could have other high-risk genes that affect treatment choices
by Bonniee on Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:00 AM
by trehouse60 on Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:00 AM
Sorry you are having such problems with the acne. Do they have you on a steroid with the chemo? If so, that could also be part of the acne problem - worth mentioning to the dr.
As for the hair loss so soon, everyone reacts differently to chemo. I Don't know what you're getting, how high a dose - that makes a difference. it may also be that you're getting really good uptake of the medicine - that is a good thing. (Remember, bald is beautiful - wear it like a badge, and let it be a proud reminder that you are taking a proactive approach to getting well. I had fun wearing my bandanas and an outrageous hat, and I also thought it was cool to slide my hands over my very round bald head - soft and cuddly as a baby's behind!)
Be sure to stay well hydrated - you need it for the chemo to work, and to detoxify.
You might try using a pure glycerin soap on your face. It's very gentle yet cleanses very well, without allowing a lot of chemical buildup that could harbor bacteria causing acne. A pure olive oil soap might work as well - the more chemicals you can avoid, the better.
Also, make sure you are taking a really good B complex vitamin supplement - one that has as much of the B vitamins as you can get in it. That will help your immune system, as well as provide essential nutrients for the skin.
by Bonniee on Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:00 AM
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