May 8, 2011 01:11PM Trisha-Anne wrote:
I did 3 rounds of FEC and then Taxotere. For me, the FEC was not much fun, but doable. I'd have the day of treatment (for FEC) off and then work half days for the next 3 days and then days 4 and 5 were my worst. I was never actually sick on FEC - make sure you take all the anti nausea meds they give you, even if you don't actually feel sick. It's better to prevent it than try to stop it. Are you being given Emend? It's the miracle pill as far as I'm concerned. The only time on FEC that I actually felt sick was because of the bad diarrhoea I had.
Taxotere was a different ball game. It didn't make me sick, and I had almost no anti nausea meds with it. But I felt like I'd been run over by a truck by day 3 of treatment and spent the next 7 days in bed. Diarrhoea was more savage on Taxotere, and the only time I actually felt sick.
The steroids you have to take before Taxotere can also bring on a steroid crash when you stop - but if that happens, tell your onc - you can stay on them a few extra days at a lower dose, which will help.
Both FEC and Taxoere changes your taste buds - but for me the Taxotere was much, much worse. FEC made things taste a bit metallic, but Taxotere made everything taste like crap - even water.
Fatigue is bad with both regimes, but I slept a lot and that helps, you have to listen to your body.
Don't let my se's from Taxotere put you off - not everyone has the same se's. There's a thread on here called "Taxotere is a nightmare" which may help you.
Make sure you tell your onc all your se's - he/she will be able to help you.
And drink lots and lots and lots of water. It helps flush your system out.
There doesn't seem to be much on these threads about FEC, but I don't think it's used as much in the States as it is in Australia and England. It also is a bit gentler on most than the other chemo drugs. At least it was for me.
I never had any problems with blurry vision on FEC, and my bone pain really only happened with Taxotere.
Gentle hugs to you - how many more FEC treatments do you have?