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New here and scared
Jun 24, 2004
Hello everbody,
I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years ago and went through chemo.
One of the side effects of chemo is leukemia.

For the last month I have been feeling very tired, lack of energy and having night sweats.
The night sweats are sometimes sporadic (like 2-3 times per week). But this week I seem to have had it every night. I have to wake up and change my clothes.

I don't think this is menapause, because I am 32 years old and still getting my peroid. I am seeing my oncologist on Monday.
I had a CBC done 2 weeks ago which was completely normal. But don't know if that is a reliable test to confirm thi.

Can you please tell me what questions I should be asking, what diagnositic test I should request to rule out leukemia.
Any help you could give me would be very much appreciated.

Thanks.
[QUOTE=Tart]Hello everbody,
I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years ago and went through chemo.
One of the side effects of chemo is leukemia.

For the last month I have been feeling very tired, lack of energy and having night sweats.
The night sweats are sometimes sporadic (like 2-3 times per week). But this week I seem to have had it every night. I have to wake up and change my clothes.

I don't think this is menapause, because I am 32 years old and still getting my peroid. I am seeing my oncologist on Monday.
I had a CBC done 2 weeks ago which was completely normal. But don't know if that is a reliable test to confirm thi.

Can you please tell me what questions I should be asking, what diagnositic test I should request to rule out leukemia.
Any help you could give me would be very much appreciated.

Thanks.[/QUOTE]
I know that after having cancer and going through all of the fears and discomforts of treatment, it is easy to become afraid if you start to have symptoms of illness again. Chemo does interfere with the hormone system and your body very well may be trying to take you into early menopause. The long term effects of chemo are just now being discovered due to the survival rates of chemo patients improving. Chemo was originally just a way to prolong life and now people are surviving cancers way into the normal life spans. Many things are still being discovered about chemo. If you are not feeling differently in about a month, go to your gyn and ask for a test to check your hormone levels beginning with your thyroid. A CBC only tells the story about the components of blood. It does not diagnose hormone problems. You want to avoid the tests for leukemia as long as possible. Bone marrow tests are not comfortable, sometimes cause more problems than you started out with from infection, nerve damage etc. It is a test of last resort. Start with the simple things first, Thyroid, ovulatory hormones, etc. and work your way through.





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