Taxol & Herceptin experiences to share?
I met with my oncologist yesterday to discuss my upcoming chemo regimen. I'm 52. I have (had) IDC stage 1a in my left breast- triple positive. I had a single MX on 2/9/23 with reconstruction (expander). In late March I'll begin 12 weeks of weekly Taxol and Herceptin. After the 12 weeks, I'll continue the Herceptin every 3 weeks until March, 2024.
Anyone out there have the same regimen? I realize that this plan is on the less intense end of the spectrum of what is possible with breast cancer. For that I am very thankful - though I'll admit that I'm still a bit freaked out and scared. I'd love to hear about your experience. Here are a few of the things I'm wondering about:
Neuropathy - Did you use cold mitts/socks? Do you recommend?
Hair loss - I heard some people don't lose their hair on this regimen. I have long hair. Should I keep it as is and wait to see what happens? I was planning on cutting it short and then shaving after the first few treatments, but now I'm wondering if this is overkill. I am honestly not that freaked out about losing my hair, so I don't feel inclined to go through the expense and effort required with cold capping.
Exercise - prior to this stupid cancer diagnosis, I had finally gotten myself into a good exercise routine. I was going to Orangetheory 3x/week and was feeling great. What kind of exercise were you able to keep up during treatment?
I welcome any and all experiences you care to share! Thanks so much!