I finished chemo and radiotherapy last April for IBC (intermediate grade). I have had shingles twice since in two different areas and was wondering if this has something to do with breast cancer? Also was is intermediate grade IBC, eg.. 1, 2,3 etc.
Shingles wouldn't be directly related to your bc, however you getting it twice would be because of a compromised immune system due to chemo. Shingles is the same virus as chicken pox and once you have it, a recurrence is almost a given....although that is a little too close together. I had shingles when I was in my twenties and feared I would get it again when I had chemo. Luckily not. Talk with your primary care physician about things to help boost your immune system. That should help your body be able to fight off the recurrence a bit better.
And you know shingles will follow along a nerve line, so it can have residual pain even a decade later. That has been my biggest problem. I have one spot underneath my good breast that will hurt and itch like the devil for about a week every so often. Quite annoying.
There is a high powered antibiotic that not all people can tolerate that will help you, if you didn't get anything to help the shingles. I'm sorry can't remember the name (that chemo brain really did mine in), but I think it started with a Z?????
May you not have that again! Or BC for that matter!
Thanks for your reply. I had invasive BC, which I don't think is the same as inflammatory, or is it? I was told it was intermediate grade and I was wondering what stage that is.
Secondly I had shingles around my right breast towards my back(same area I had radiated) about two weeks post radiation (last April). The second lot of shingles were around my left hip area. I was prescribed Zovirex 400mg five times daily. The pain and itch has gone but "spots" still there. I am not due to see my oncologist for another 3 months so havn't mentioned it to him. Should I go back sooner? Do you think it has any thing to do with BC. Thanks for all your help.
Thank you for your reply. The tumour was 12mm max dimension and 1 lymphnode contains 2 intralympyhatic isolated tumour clusters and micromilliscopic deposits in 3 in lymph nodes. It was HER2 1+ neg and positive for oestrogen and progesterone. Does that make sense? I would be grateful if you could stage that for me.
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