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janemcnjanemcn Member Posts: 3
edited December 2012 in General discussion

Hi everyone,

I am 24 and have just finished Uni. I was diagnosed with BC a couple of weeks ago and am recovering from a mastectomy and lymph node clearance.

I was looking for any groups or advice from women in their 20s going through a similar thing.

I feel as though the issues faced are somewhat different in regards to fertility and future plans and am struggling to find appropriate resources.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!

 

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  • Deb001Deb001 Member Posts: 6
    edited March 2015

    Hi. I was 31 with no children when I had BC. The oncologist put me on Zoladex when I was having chemo. It put me into temporary menopause and I had 2 healthy children post treatment.

    I also saw a fertility specialist who took a section of my ovaries for later egg-harvesting. I didn't need them but had them in case.  There was a 60 minutes episode on this several weeks ago.

    Best of luck!

  • Deb001Deb001 Member Posts: 6
    edited March 2015

    Hi. I was 31 with no children when I had BC. The oncologist put me on Zoladex when I was having chemo. It put me into temporary menopause and I had 2 healthy children post treatment.

    I also saw a fertility specialist who took a section of my ovaries for later egg-harvesting. I didn't need them but had them in case.  There was a 60 minutes episode on this several weeks ago.

    Best of luck!

  • janemcnjanemcn Member Posts: 3
    edited March 2015
    Hi Deb, thanks so much for the reply. The ovarian tissue transplant sounds incredible. I will definitely have more of a look into that. Thanks!
  • sillysam83sillysam83 West Gippsland Member Posts: 378
    edited March 2015

    Hi Jane, 

    I know were connected thru FB now, but just wanted to say I read this post. 

    Fertility is a major issue. 

    Im on Zoladex now. I also have 4 frozen embroys in Melb IVF clinic. My breast cancer was hormone positive, So wont be having kids for 5-10yrs. But I have a lovin husband and age on my side. Im in my late 20's but competely know what your talking about re:age groups. Thats why I made my own support group. Coz when I was first diagnosed at 28 I felt so alone. BCNA was like a 2nd family to me and Ive made some life long friends from this site. It truely is a godsent! 

  • MelissMeliss Member Posts: 9
    edited March 2015
    Hi Jane,

    This reply is probably a bit late. I was diagnosed in 2010 at the age of 28. I had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and my tumour was Triple Negative.

    I'm single and had my eggs harvested just before I started chemo. They collected 39 eggs and I have 31 on ice. I didn't do the ovarian tissue freezing but I heard it is very effective.

    I was advised by the doctor I saw at IVF Australia to not do the Zoladex injection as not many studies have been done on it yet in regards to long term side effects. I know that plenty of girls are having the injections.

    When I started chemo I went into menopause straight away. After I finished chemo I came out of menopause 5 weeks later and my cycle has been regular ever since.


  • sillysam83sillysam83 West Gippsland Member Posts: 378
    edited March 2015

    great news that you didnt stay in meopause Mel. :-) 

    I started Zoladex in 2012 I wonder if they have  figured out those long term side effetcs yet... hmmmmmm..... will ask about this. 

  • Shilo1978Shilo1978 Member Posts: 30
    edited March 2015

    Hi all (Merylee, how are you?!?)

    I just wanted to say welcome and this is a great site for support, also the site through FB.

    I was first diagnosed 8 years ago (26y/o) had rads and clear for 8 years, I wish I knew about this site back then.

    However, I was just diagonosed again last May, and have gone through double mastectomy (cancer both times in right breast), recon and have expanders. 

    Where is everyone from?

    Take care,

    Love Laura

    xox

  • sillysam83sillysam83 West Gippsland Member Posts: 378
    edited March 2015

    hi Laura, 

    Im doing good thanks. Finished rads a few weeks ago. Side effects have either gone or under control from zoladex n tamoxifen. 

    This site didnt exist 8yrs ago if that makes u feel better. LOL

    How r u finding the expanders?

    Im from melb. 

    fb group link  https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngpinksisters/

    Merylee

  • Shilo1978Shilo1978 Member Posts: 30
    edited March 2015
    Hey,I'm already with the group :) thanks though :) Laura Guerin :)
    Expanders are going well. Have to wait two months, then get them swapped over to implants. Cannot wait for all this to be over!! Moving to Brissy in May and a new adventure will start :)

    I'm super happy to hear that your side effects are gone!! I just felt like I hit a brick wall after the first week. Got so unbelievably tired, and sorbolene cream kept the burns at bay.

    Hope you had a great weekend and loved the pics from your holiday.

    Love Laura
    xox
  • Shilo1978Shilo1978 Member Posts: 30
    edited March 2015
    Hey,I'm already with the group :) thanks though :) Laura Guerin :)
    Expanders are going well. Have to wait two months, then get them swapped over to implants. Cannot wait for all this to be over!! Moving to Brissy in May and a new adventure will start :)

    I'm super happy to hear that your side effects are gone!! I just felt like I hit a brick wall after the first week. Got so unbelievably tired, and sorbolene cream kept the burns at bay.

    Hope you had a great weekend and loved the pics from your holiday.

    Love Laura
    xox
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