Topic: Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin

Forum: Chemotherapy - Before, During, and After — Regimens, side effects, and support from others going through chemo.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2007 08:04PM

Posted on: Apr 5, 2007 08:04PM

cinrae123 wrote:

Anyone out there on taxotere, carboplatin, and herceptin? I am starting this program in May, I will be doing it every week instead of every third week,,,,,,,,and would like to know what sort of side effects anyone has had. Example,,,,,hair loss, nausea, vomiting, etc. I chose the every week routine as I was encouraged by a woman in the drs. office that is halfway thru and has not had any hair loss. I was thinking that because each cycle is spread out every week instead of a big dose once,,,,,that maybe that has something to do with it. I am having a difficult time with the thought of losing my hair. Silly I know,,,,everyone says it grows back,,,,but its just a personal thing for me. So anyone out here that did TCH every week? I would truly like to hear from you.
Thank you,,,,,,,,,,,
Cindy Dx 1/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Apr 7, 2007 05:21AM wendyk13 wrote:

Hi there...I started this regime on 1/26 but I am doing 6 rounds every 3 weeks with just the Herceptin sandwiched between. My hair did go but I refused to shave it so I still have fuzz. Lost some brows and lashes but only I can tell. No more shaving tho! I have had NO...repeat...NO..nausea or vomiting (thank you Kytril). Some tingling in fingertips/toes but no nail changes. Taste changes are not fun but start for me about day 5 after chemo and last 8-10 days then back to almost normal. I've kept up with my exercising so fatigue has not been an issue. The weekly deal I would have gone for in a heartbeat as hair loss made me cry for days. But once it was gone...it was gone and I moved on. But sitting there for 3-4 hours every week just as the weather here in the midwest gets nice...now that I would not have liked. I will be done 5/9 and I already lost my hair so I can't change my regime. But whatever works for you AND works against your cancer...then that is what you should do. Good luck!

Wendy
Wendy Dx 11/20/2006, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Apr 7, 2007 07:00PM cinrae123 wrote:

Thank you Wendy for the information. Good luck to you as well. This has all been very overwhelming for me. From going in for a routine mammo to having chemo. Sometimes it just feels so surreal to me. Yes,,,,,,,,,,the hair loss is very difficult for me. Not that my hair is all that,,,,but its my hair. It like identifies oneself,,,,,and the thought of losing my hair to me is part of losing who I am. I'm sure as time goes on,,,,,,,,it will get better,,,,, I know, the idea that I have to go every week is a bummer,,,,but kinda figured it was worth a shot. If I lose my hair anyways, then I will go on the every third week thing. No sense in continuing every week if I lose my hair anyways, huh?? Again, thank you for responding and take care of yourself. Glad you are almost done. It must be quite a relief.

Cindy Dx 1/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Apr 8, 2007 04:10PM talbrig13 wrote:

I am on Carboplatin, Taxotere & Herceptin biweekly. Am on #5 this week. I had very thick hair and have lost about half of it. It is not patchy so no one notices except me. I did lose my armpit hair...not a bad thing! Unless you have a very short haircut, you may be okay. I think I will eventually be wearing a wig, since I still have 6 more treatments, but it has been very slow.
My nausea has been okay with Zofran and compazine. I am very tired. Have a metallic taste in my mouth. Even water tastes funny. But this is a very doable regimen....good luck to you
Terry :) Dx 12/8/2006, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+, Surgery 12/27/2006 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Targeted Therapy 2/7/2007 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 2/7/2007 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 7/11/2007 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 8/31/2007 Femara (letrozole)
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Apr 13, 2007 02:13PM onlygirl4 wrote:

I started the Taxotere, Carboplatin, Herceptin regimen on March 30th. I had very few side effects. Days 5-8 were probably my worst but not bad really. I am getting it every 3 weeks with my next one being April 20th. This is day 15 and I have no signs at all yet of any hair loss on any part of my body. I have the wig bought and ready to go. My onc assured me that I will lose it but at least it hasn't happened yet. I'm sure that when I do it will be especially traumatic since I agree, it does identify who you are. Hair loss was the thing I worried about the most, even before nausea and fatigue. Funny, huh?

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Apr 14, 2007 03:46PM lwy wrote:

I haven't started it yet, but will start the regimen in about 3 weeks. Good luck to you. If you want someone to talk to as we go through this, feel free to pm me. We can be TCH buddies!

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Apr 16, 2007 11:01PM cinrae123 wrote:

I could use a TCH buddy............
Thanxxxxxxxxx
Cindy
Cindy Dx 1/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Apr 17, 2007 07:48AM wendyk13 wrote:

Hi girls....I'm having my 5th and next to last TCH tomorrow. Still have never had nausea or vomiting. No fatigue. No nail changes. No "chemo-fog". For days 5 thru about 15 post-chemo, everything tastes funny even water, which tastes slimy, if that makes sense. But no big deal. Hair is still gone from everywhere but my eyebrows and lashes, of which I still have over 50% so that is good. Get little clots in my nose still but once again, no big deal. For me...I have felt normal but we will see after #'s 5 and 6. But I am so close to the end of at least the chemo portion I feel I can deal with a few side effects.

If I can help in any other way, just PM me...glad to chat if you need an "older" buddy who is ahead of you.

Wendy
Wendy Dx 11/20/2006, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Apr 18, 2007 05:26AM janet11 wrote:

Hi everyone. I finished 6 cycles of TCH in mid January 2007 and know what you're all going through. The taste changes were hard on me -- I ENJOY food (*smile*).

And it does come back. I enjoy my coffee again, I can even eat chocolate. I no longer have reflux, and life is good (*smile*).

So good luck getting through each cycle. I LOVED week 3 of each cycle -- I felt really good then. Hope you do too.

Janet
Janet Dx 7/21/2006, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 9/6/2006 Lumpectomy: Right Targeted Therapy 10/6/2006 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/6/2006 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Apr 18, 2007 05:36AM Neda517 wrote:

Hello, I am brand new to this too...met with the Chemo doc. yesterday...I don't understand any of it and am scared to death...had bilateral on march 29th and doing good with that part...they are saying chemo every 2 weeks with herceptin added in later and then radiation...I have a lot of nodes involved also...losing my hair is my big fear also...I have been coming to this site since the 2nd of maarch...it has been such a comfort to me to read about what everyone goes through and how each of you handle it.
must go for bone scan in a few minutes..thank you all.
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Apr 18, 2007 02:56PM cinrae123 wrote:

Ok girls,,,,,,,,one more question. What about weight gain? or oould I be so lucky and lose a few pounds? lol Hope you are all doing well,,,,,,,,and its so nice to see people responding who are doing the same program of chemo,,,,,,,,thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
Cindy
Cindy Dx 1/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+

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