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8/31/2013Weak and Fatigued. What to expect?

My mom was very recently diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma on August 5th. She had her first round of Chemo Tuesday the 28th. She is on 1 day biweekly infusions of Adrianycin and Cytoxan for 4 sessions, then Taxotere every 3 weeks for 4-6 treatments. Yesterday she was tired, but today she said she has never felt so tired/sleepy/weak in her entire live. She never led a very active life before, she worked at a early learning center teaching kindergarteners writing skills, then she would come home and relax the rest of the day.

She is getting Adriamycin and Cytoxan 1 day a week biweekly for 4 infusions, then Taxotere every 3 weeks for 4-6 infusions.... Is she going to be this weak and tired through this whole process or just a few days after each infusion? Obviously I can take it away, but I know she would like to know, to at least know what to expect. So far she just has the fatigue and constipation. She's not been sick to her stomach and she is eating okay, not as much as she normally eats, but she is obese so that not necessarily a bad thing I don't think. I would like to get her on a soy free Protein powder in hopes of giving her more energy, maybe talk her into getting a shot of B12 to help too.

Thank you for taking the time to read.
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8/31/2013unusual to have the degree of fatigue described. getting her up and walking is important. it also combats fatigue (research has proven that.) Given the age group she teaches and is exposed to, she likely won't be able to work during chemo because she will be at higher risk of infections and children are little germ machines. proteins drinks and food are wise. B12 also in pill form so don't worry about getting a shot. try to keep her to some degree active during the day, walking a few times each day.

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