Shingles During Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer | Battling Bertha
It’s been a while since my last Battling Bertha update. I was officially declared cancer free on April 8, 2015, but that does not mean my battle has ended.
I have a few more intravenous Herceptin treatments. I have been receiving Herceptin every three weeks since my initial chemo cocktail treatments ended. Also in the treatment plan is 4 more years of Tamoxifen. One pill each night before bed.
Last week I developed a rash along the bicep area of both my arms.
Tamoxifen has a long list of side effects including rash. In fact, the documentation says to contact your doctor if you develop a rash.
I have chemo tomorrow, so yesterday I went in to have my labs drawn and asked if Dr. Ellent could take a look at my arms.
He happened to be between patients and asked in his Uzbekestani accent, “How you doing?”
“I have a rash on my arms.”
He looked at my arms and told me I have shingles. Right there in the hallway.
Shortest doctor visit ever.
He prescribed Acyclovir 5 times a day for 7 days and told me to wear sleeves until the rash goes away. Shingles is infectious and can spread on contact. Good times.
I count myself quite lucky that I only have an itchy rash and not the pain that many people suffer during a bout with shingles.
“Radiation or chemotherapy can lower your resistance to diseases and may trigger shingles.” – Mayo Clinic Website
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