Topic: Weekly Taxol group

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

Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 11:23AM

Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 11:23AM

Sissydi wrote:

Hey there! I didn't see a separate group for weekly Taxol treatment; thought I'd start one just so we can compare notes with each other......I always learn so much from everyone! Just finished treatment #3 this week, and so far my side effects have been loss of taste and fatigue, especially day 3-5. This has been easier on me then A/C treatment so far.
What are your experiences?

Dx 12/23/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 5/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Jun 12, 2012 06:49AM hopeful123 wrote:

Sissydi- It sounds like a lot but as it is every week it does move along fast. As I am waiting to start mine I have been following you and you are already at 4 so it will go by fast. I just hope it is not too accumulative. AC wasnt for me, it followed a pattern and I could pretty much predict the bad days.

Sandik- I had three down days but decided to work from home during AC primarily because I didnt want to expose myself to germs. I am a little germaphobic too, and my MO decided not to give me Neulesta shots.  I am hoping to be able to go in more during Taxol. We'll see.

Dx 1/2012, IDC, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Jun 12, 2012 08:03AM Sissydi wrote:

The only thing I've noticed as a possible side effect besides fatigue, is some diarrhea.

Sandik, I think you'll find Taxol a lot easier, especially the weekly. I read on the Hair, Hair, Hair thread that with weekly Taxol, our hair grows back quicker, so small positives!

Dx 12/23/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 5/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Jun 12, 2012 12:49PM jpmomof3 wrote:

Sandik, you will likely find the taxol to be a breeze in comparison to AC. I worked through both. Was nervous about getting weekly treatments but it isn't bad and from what I hear there are much fewer side effects with weekly than the every 2-3 weeks doings schedules. My energy levels improved with taxol and yes! The hair starts to grow back! Peach fuzz at first. But hair. I am sure you will be able to figure out a work schedule. I work in an urgent care but avoid the feverish and more contagious people. I have had much more risk from my own kids and husband bringing home viruses but have so far been lucky. I haven't had to do Neulasta with the taxol thank goodness and the white counts are low but not too bad.

Dx 1/26/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 5/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/12/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/22/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 8/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 9/10/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jun 13, 2012 09:12AM jpmomof3 wrote:

Slept better than expected with the decadron dose yesterday.  got 7 hours!  Thank you Ambien.  I am slogging through a 12 hours shift now though...

Dx 1/26/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 5/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/12/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/22/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 8/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 9/10/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jun 13, 2012 01:31PM Sissydi wrote:

Okay, I have major chemo brain! Day 3 after tx always seems like my down day. I can't remember anything ! I feel like I have to concentrate double just to drive! It's such a weird feeling.....maybe it's lack of sleep?

Dx 12/23/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 5/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Jun 13, 2012 06:35PM ashley2 wrote:

hello ladies, 

I had this afternoon my first treatment taxol/herceptine.

not bad reaction, just a bit sleepy from benadryl..now I'm after 2 hours of sleep and steel ok...I`ll see tomorow 

have a nice evening    ........... 

Dx 1/17/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 13, 2012 06:39PM denise-g wrote:

Just wanted to give you all ENCOURAGEMENT!  I finished WEEKLY TAXOL - 12 of 12 four weeks ago.  I started feeling better within 2 weeks.  Even though I now have started Radiation, I am feeling better every day!  

I iced my hands and feet during Taxol infusions (had Herceptin every 3 weeks also) and had no nail problems or neuropathy. 

Thinking of all of you...most thankful to be off DECADRON.  Hated that stuff almost as much as Taxol or more!

www.denise4health.wordpress.com my BC Blog with over 200 informative posts about all aspects of BC - stop by! Myself, my mom, and sister were all diagnosed with BC within 3 years. What a ride! Dx 10/10/2011, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 9/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/22/2011 Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left): Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left) Chemotherapy 12/26/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 2/27/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Hormonal Therapy 10/10/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 13, 2012 07:43PM Sissydi wrote:

Welcome Ashley! You'll do fine!

Denise, thank you for your encouragement! I agree on the Decadron, I hate it! Also, I enjoy your blog......very encouraging!

Dx 12/23/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 5/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Jun 14, 2012 12:56PM jpmomof3 wrote:

Sissydi, I think a lot of chemo brain could be due to fatigue and lack of sleep.  For me that is on top of some airbrainedness to begin with...Tongue out

Denise-G, thanks for the encouraging words!  I am there with you on the decadron too.  the flushing, sleeplessness, grumpiness, and then mild aches when it wears off.  yuck. but i think of it like this: who wants to see what it is like without it?  Hopefully it is doing more good than bad to make up for the annoying side effects.  So glad to hear that you started to feel better so soon afterwards.  I am looking forward to being there soon. 

I expect my decadron to wear off tomorrow on my 10th taxol dose.  Day 3 post taxol is my worst but luckily it hasnt been bad.  the aches go away the next morning and are so far easily treated with ibuprofen.  Still no neuropathy thank goodness.  I get a brief tingle in my right fingers occasionally but i think that might have more to do with tension in my neck because it always goes away and doesn't last long. 

 Welcome to the group ashley, you made it through A/C, you'll do great with taxol! 

Dx 1/26/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 5/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/12/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/22/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 8/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 9/10/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jun 15, 2012 11:18AM jpmomof3 wrote:

I am trying to recover from my last taxol dose. This is day three, for me it is the worst day.  I havent had too bad a time of it in reality but with three days of not sleeping well from the steroids behind me i get a bit tired and now that the steroids energy is wearing off a bit dark mooded.  I had two long days of work too but now i have a three day weekend.  My three kids are all home and while they are being good their energy is really aggravating me.  I feel bad saying it but I just want them to go do something on their own and leave me alone.  I have been putting the TV on way too much and letting them play too many video games.  I keep telling myself that this is temporary.  A few months of TV shouldnt rot their brains too much I hope??  They are the loves of my lives and i usually give them my all, but I am having to take more time for myself.

I am just starting to feel a little neuropathy after my tenth taxol dose.  It is bothering me more in principle more than actual physical symptoms.  This stuff is damaging things i kinda need.  Its times like this that I really just can't believe this is happening to me.  I cant wait to finish my last 2 doses of poison and be done with this.  Sorry to be so dark, I know that is killing the cancer more than it is killing me but I am disturbed nonetheless.

 

 

Dx 1/26/2012, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 5/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/12/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/22/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Surgery 8/7/2012 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 9/10/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes

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