Hi I was diagnosed in August 2017 at 54 after having pain in my left breast occurring between mammograms. My TNBC tumour was stage 1 grade 3 1.7cm and removed, and then had a reexicision to clear margins. 3 lymph nodes were also removed and clear. I began my first of 4 ac chemos and was really unwell with stomach issues-gastritis. A week later I lost my balance and fell dislocating and fracturing my shoulder also hitting my head passing out. Ambulance to hospital neck brace precaution, shoulder relocation, c.t., xray and MRI. Discharged after 3 nights. Oncologist delayed chemo for 6 weeks until I recovered and then swapped me to Taxol weekly for 12 weeks and then finished with 3 AC chemos last one in April. 5 weeks of radiotherapy followed finishing June. I have taken a few months to recover. My joints are really sore especially after sitting in one position for 15mins or more. The joint pain moves around to different joints so I am wondering whether chemo has brought on arthritis. I have started a gym program and walk most days to keep my joints moving. Has anyone else been affected with joint issues following chemo? Also I am not having PET scans at all as the oncologist says there is no advantage when you are TNBC so he discharged me from his care as soon as chemo finished. I am just under the the care of my breast surgeon. The oncologist says only 1% chance of cancer returning to breast. Apparently I will know if cancer has returned anywhere else because I will be in alot of pain and it will be aggressive so chemo will not have any affect next time. Has anyone else been told this?
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