Friday the 24th was my first treatment of trastuzumab, brand name Herceptin, all by itself. This drug works specifically on my type of breast cancer—HER2 positive. I’ll be getting it every three weeks until February 2017. The fabulous thing about this round is that the time I will be in the chemo room goes from seven or eight hours to one or two hours.
I am so excited to have most of my Fridays back! Also, I’ve been told that this chemo will not be as harsh on my system. I won’t have the nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, or low blood counts like I have had so far with treatment. Although they are listed as potential side effects, it won’t bitch slap my system the way the full chemo has the last five months. The only side effect I noticed after treatment was fatigue. To be honest though, I didn’t sleep very well the night before, so I was still tired when I hauled my ass out of bed that morning at 7:00am for my 8:30am appointment. I was home by noon and napping by 3:00pm. I woke up around 6:00pm, went to bed for the night at 11:30pm, and didn’t wake up until 10:00am. Yeah, I was a little sleepy.
My eye is still twitching. It’s not constant, but still pretty regular. It has certainly lessened though. On the bright side, I can see my hair starting to grow back!