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Forum: Chemotherapy - Before, During, and After —

Regimens, side effects, and support from others going through chemo.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 02:23PM

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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Apr 22, 2020 05:50PM UnrealTarHeel wrote:

Thanks, Ingerp -- that's very encouraging to know. I'm still going to give icing a try because this one really does scare me and, if. it comes to that, I want to feel like I've done what I can. I've really appreciated your thoughtful replies on this thread and elsewhere, including when I was first diagnosed. Trying not to spin out too much. Ha!

Dx 2/28/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 3/26/2020 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 5/11/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 5/12/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/25/2020
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Apr 22, 2020 08:29PM Annie60 wrote:

ARmom4 - I'm in Arkadelphia. I had a strange reaction to taxol - skin toxcity which looked like a cross between measles and poison ivy. I did have occasional breakouts on my face. MO said this was not unusual. I am SO glad your treatment went well!! Praying the next treatments go well!

Annie

Dx 8/28/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Dx 8/28/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (DUAL) Radiation Therapy 5/28/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 8/21/2019 Surgery Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Apr 23, 2020 09:55PM ARmom4 wrote:

Thanks for the prayers Annie! They are appreciated. And prayers to you too. I read that it's probably the steriods causing the breakouts. Mine are actual pimples but they pop up for a week or so after treatment then go away til next time. I realized that I had these breakouts even when I was not getting chemo because of the reactions. So, makes sense to me.

Now, I have all these little sore bumps all over my scalp. These are not pimples. I'm thinking my hair's going to fall out soon. Maybe I should go ahead and buzz it?

Diagnosed age 35. ATM gene mutation.Severe reaction to Taxol and Taxotere. Herceptin and Tamoxifen now. Dx 1/3/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (DUAL) Surgery 2/10/2020 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 3/26/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 3/26/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 4/16/2020 Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 5/28/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 6/30/2020 Prophylactic ovary removal
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Apr 29, 2020 03:24PM hawkvand wrote:

hey there all, I’ve just finished up the AC portion of my chemo so it’s off to weekly taxol in 4 weeks! I’m excited to be almost halfway done and am hoping the taxol can take down this beast for good.

Since looking through this forum I’ve decided to ice my hands and feet and have ordered some cooling socks and extra gel packs to help me with this. I’m also planning to just get some old-school refillable ice packs and sandwich my hands between them. If anyone has any further tips on icing I’d be more than happy to hear them.

My MO has given me the choice as to weather I want to add carboplatin to my regimen every 3 weeks or not. She says data is pretty 50:50 on whether it is recommended but would possibly hesitate since it may cause me to miss taxol infusions if the side effects are too much. Is anyone here on carbo as well as taxol that can share your experience with me? I’ve had no real noticeable symptoms on AC beyond hair loss but this may be because I’m pregnant (there is a theory that it’s almost a weird protective from chemo) and I won’t be when I start the taxol. I’ve got a little while to decide on the carbo and will be reading a lot of articles but any input would be appreciated.

Dx 2/13/2020, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/24/2020 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 9/14/2020 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Apr 29, 2020 05:23PM moth wrote:

hawkvand, you may want to also ask your question in the triple negative subforum.

I was not offered carboplatin and honestly don't know if I could have had it - I had complications all through AC+T & just barely limped through that so at that time they probably would not have been able to add anything more.

BUT you're young, triple neg, Grade 3. Honestly, I would throw *everything* you can at it. You only get one shot. 50/50 might help to me sounds like something I'd leap at, but a lot of that is personal attitude and response to risk. Taxol is easier than AC imo.

Consider getting a 2nd opinion from a different MO/cancer center as well.

best wishes


Initial dx at 50. Seriously???? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: nevertellmetheodds2017.tumblr.... Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/25/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2020 External Dx 12/10/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2020 Femara (letrozole) Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3 Radiation Therapy 3/3/2021 External: Bone
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May 1, 2020 09:35AM etnasgrl wrote:

Good Morning Ladies!

I just finished Taxol #7, with 5 more to go, yay!! (I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, praise Jesus!)
Overall, I have been handling Taxol pretty well. I did have severe reactions on Treatment 2 and 3, so my MO increased the steroids, which sucks, and the Benadryl. She also extended the infusion from 1 hour to 3. It has worked, no more reactions!!! But....good Lord....icing my hands and feet for 3 hours is horrible! I think I may have frostbite before all of this is over, lol!
Anyway, among a few of my side effects are nose bleeds. Every single day, multiple times a day. I think the last time I went without a nosebleed was 3 weeks ago? Both my MO and infusion nurse say this a pretty common side effect for Taxol. Do anyone of you have this issue? Have you found anything to help?

Diagnosed at 41. Diagnosed 2nd time at 45. Dx 11/5/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/9/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/12/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/17/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 2/13/2020, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 2/24/2020 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 3/19/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 3/19/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 8/20/2020 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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May 4, 2020 12:22PM ByUmom2 wrote:

etnasgrl- I can relate with the nose bleeds. They pretty much started half way thru taxol. So I had theme pretty much everyday I would gently pinch my nose to help the bleeding to stop. My MO encouraged me to spray nose with saline nasal spray and just not to blow too hard. I also used a humidifier in my room at night to help keep nasal passages moist. I hope this info helps!
Dx 4/3/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 5/1/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy 5/27/2019 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/27/2019 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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May 4, 2020 04:50PM etnasgrl wrote:

Thanks ByUmom2! I do have some saline nasal spray and will try that, to see if it helps. The nosebleeds are more annoying than anything else. Thankfully, they are never very heavy. But they always seem to come on at the worst times, lol!

Once you completed Taxol, did they stop? Or did it take a while?

Diagnosed at 41. Diagnosed 2nd time at 45. Dx 11/5/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/9/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 1/12/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/17/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 2/13/2020, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 2/24/2020 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 3/19/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 3/19/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 8/20/2020 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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May 7, 2020 10:02PM ByUmom2 wrote:

etnasgrl- yes the nose bleeds went away about a week or so after my last taxol treatment... so that is Something to look forward to!😉
Dx 4/3/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 5/1/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy 5/27/2019 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/27/2019 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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May 21, 2020 01:14PM UnrealTarHeel wrote:

Um.... face breakouts on Taxol? Infusion #2 of 12 weekly was on Tuesday. Strangely red and bumpy last night and this morning. Not itchy, only on my face. Had I not looked in the mirror, I wouldn't have even known. Anybody else experience this? (Alt., I guess it could be the trastuzumab from the prior Tuesday. Am assuming it's a side effect from something or other.)

Dx 2/28/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 3/26/2020 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 5/11/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 5/12/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/25/2020
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May 21, 2020 05:24PM ipenelope wrote:

I had increased redness to my cheeks weeks 2-12 of Taxol and another week or so after. Didn't get acne wth it though.

~Katie💗

Katie💗 Diagnosed stage IIB at 42, diagnosed stage 4 mets to left lung age 44 Dx 9/12/2018, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 11/15/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 12/20/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/13/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 6/22/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/21/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Dx 2/24/2020, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/18/2020 Chemotherapy 4/20/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 10/12/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine)
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May 21, 2020 07:58PM UnrealTarHeel wrote:

Thank you, Katie. I'm a little pink, too. I talked to the pharmacist for the chemotherapy program today and had a chance to ask. She said acne is an uncommon but not unheard of side effect of Taxol. Advised mild cleansers, such as with salicylic acid; avoid benzoyl peroxide. At last, I have something in common with my teenager...

Dx 2/28/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 3/26/2020 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 5/11/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 5/12/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/25/2020
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May 21, 2020 08:41PM ipenelope wrote:

Unreal.. careful with things with salicylic acid as they can dry out your skin and make matters worse. Lol about the teenager comment.

~Katie💗

Katie💗 Diagnosed stage IIB at 42, diagnosed stage 4 mets to left lung age 44 Dx 9/12/2018, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 11/15/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 12/20/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/13/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 6/22/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/21/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Dx 2/24/2020, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/18/2020 Chemotherapy 4/20/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 10/12/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine)
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May 21, 2020 11:08PM dysonsphere wrote:

I was prescribed gabapentin for Neuropathy. I don't know if I want to take it. I don't feel any pain. I just tend to drop things if I'm not mindful. Has anyone taken this medication and not had side effects? I have a 6 yr old at home I can't take medication that will make me sleep a lot. I had Taxol # 8 today and have 4 more rounds.

Age 50 at Dx, 11/20 abnormal Mammo, 12/2 Ultra sound, 12/3 Biopsy,12/31/19 Started treatment at MD Anderson , 1/9/2020 Node biopsy, malignant 1/13/2020 Genetic Test negative 2/6 Started 16 cycles of chemo (completed 6/18) Dx 12/10/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 5/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/6/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/17/2020 Lumpectomy: Right
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May 21, 2020 11:18PM moth wrote:

ganapentin makes me very sleepy about 2h after I take it. My daytime dose means I nap pretty much every day. You could just take it at night.

Are you doing the other things for neuropathy already? Icing, b6, l-glutamine?

Initial dx at 50. Seriously???? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: nevertellmetheodds2017.tumblr.... Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/25/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2020 External Dx 12/10/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2020 Femara (letrozole) Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3 Radiation Therapy 3/3/2021 External: Bone
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May 22, 2020 09:57PM ByUmom2 wrote:

UnrealTarHeel- I did get some bits of acne during treatment. My M.O. mentioned to me that it was most likely from the premed steroids. I switched to milder cleansers such at Cetaphil or Cerave. They seemed to help and it also did not dry out my skin as much. I still get a few bumps under my skin on my cheeks now & then, and I have been done with taxol since August...so maybe the Herceptin has something to do with it too. I just had my last Herceptin dose this week so maybe in a few weeks I will be able to tell if it had any connection with the pimple/bumps.
Dx 4/3/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 5/1/2019 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy 5/27/2019 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/27/2019 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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May 22, 2020 11:57PM ByHisGraceTwice wrote:

Ladies—question please. The first morning after this week’s first combo steriod-Benadryl-Pepcid-Herceptin-Taxol chemo combo my urine was very milky pale yellow color. For the next two days as long as I drank plenty water my urine was clear. Then this morning it was milky cloudy pale yellow again but to a much lesser degree. Is this normal? Am I eliminating chemo or is it chemo and cancer?

🌈

j


Dx 11/18/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 1/30/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 11/18/2019, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Radiation Therapy 11/18/2019 External: Bone Dx 3/13/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 3/18/2020 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 4/1/2020 Targeted Therapy 5/7/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/19/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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May 23, 2020 12:05AM moth wrote:

I'd want to rule out a UTI. Can you call on to your gp or the MO and ask them to fax a requisition to the lab? Quick midstream pee in a cup for routine & micro and culture & sensitivity and they'll be able to tell. UTIs can be kind of stealthy but can also move into kidney. Milky can mean white blood cells are in the bladder indicating infection

Initial dx at 50. Seriously???? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: nevertellmetheodds2017.tumblr.... Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/25/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2020 External Dx 12/10/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2020 Femara (letrozole) Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3 Radiation Therapy 3/3/2021 External: Bone
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May 23, 2020 12:19AM ByHisGraceTwice wrote:

moth — I can. Blessed with a great pcp relationship and the MO gave me an after hours number — lol — said “use it,” don’t be shy we want to stay ahead of things. Thanks for the tip. I was hoping I was getting rid of a heap of cancer cells.

Hope you are doing as well as you can.

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j

Dx 11/18/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 1/30/2017 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 11/18/2019, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Radiation Therapy 11/18/2019 External: Bone Dx 3/13/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 3/18/2020 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 4/1/2020 Targeted Therapy 5/7/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/19/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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May 23, 2020 08:17AM UnrealTarHeel wrote:

@ByUmom2: Thanks for the tips. The pharmacist seemed to think it was related to the Taxol, but the steroids are an interesting question! (I've only had 1 Herceptin so far and that was 10 days ago, whereas the zits popped up within 48 hours of Taxol #2. But who really knows what's going on?!) Will see if I can pick up some gentle cleanser this weekend and ask about the steroid on Tuesday when I go back.

Dx 2/28/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 3/26/2020 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 5/11/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 5/12/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/25/2020
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May 24, 2020 05:46PM charbushor wrote:

I have been on gabapentin for a couple of months for foot neuropathy. No pain, just numbness. The medicine has helped some feelling to return and helped my mobility. I take only at night.

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May 26, 2020 02:17PM hawkvand wrote:

Hey there everyone! Thank you all for posting in this thread. I am currently getting my first taxol dose and have already learned a lot from all of your experiences. I iced my feet and hands per suggested and am hoping it will help. I’m also getting carboplatin with my taxol so it might be hard to tell which med is causing side effects if I have any. The only complaint I have is with the IV Benadryl they gave me before the taxol. Oh my goodness did it make me restless! Glad they won’t do that high of a dose next time. I’m super excited to be started on my final leg of chemo before surgery.

Dx 2/13/2020, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/24/2020 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 9/14/2020 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)
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May 29, 2020 06:55PM TxMom3 wrote:

I just had #7 of my 12 Taxol treatments. I have white fuzzy hair on my head. Will it continue to grow or is it too soon for hair to be coming back in AC/Taxol regimen?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts Smile

Dx 12/17/2019, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 14/35 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/22/2020 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 2/16/2020 AC + T (Taxol)
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May 29, 2020 08:35PM Laurencl wrote:

Hi TxMom3!

My hair started to grow on Taxol too. My MO said it would. I finished my AC +T on 7/17/19. Had a mastectomy on 8/8/19 and rads 10-11/19. I got my hair colored my last day of rads 11/13/19 and never wore my wig again (4 months after chemo ended). It may come in patchy at first, but it does grow back. It does happen! And you know what else? I had to look up some of those dates...which to me is almost more exciting, because I feel like I’m moving on.Hopefully, the reconstruction part will come soon if all the COVID mess clears up.

Happy new hair!

Lauren

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Jul 14, 2020 02:05PM moth wrote:

Hey amigas, wow everyone has been quiet!

question for anyone - Did ice in the mouth help once sores started or is it more of a preventative thing?

I've had 10/13 scheduled taxols (supposed to be 3 weeks on, 1 week off but I missed some - each for a different reason!) & now I'm getting sores on my tongue & back of mouth. Ugh! I'm icing feet and hands so I'm not sure how I can manage ice in my mouth during treatment as my hands are in big mitts. Would an iced drink with a straw that I kind of sip slowly and hold in my mouth work or does it have to be ice chips?

I'm on taxol 'forever' - until side effects become unmanageable so I need to nip this in the bud.


Initial dx at 50. Seriously???? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: nevertellmetheodds2017.tumblr.... Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/25/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2020 External Dx 12/10/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2020 Femara (letrozole) Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3 Radiation Therapy 3/3/2021 External: Bone
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Jul 14, 2020 05:03PM Gamb wrote:

Moth I only had double dose taxol 4 times and icing my mouth helped, i did get some blisters before 3rd dose but the swish and swirl of nystatin help me alot, I used this every day mornings and before bed, peace and comfort to you.

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Jul 14, 2020 11:20PM ipenelope wrote:

moth- sorry your having mouth sore issues!! I did not ice hands feet it mouth so I'm not sure how that would work. Have you tried the warm salt and baking soda mouth rinses?? Does the chemo center know about the sores? I really hope they go away quickly and aren't something you have to deal with for an indefinite amount of time!!

~Katie💗

Katie💗 Diagnosed stage IIB at 42, diagnosed stage 4 mets to left lung age 44 Dx 9/12/2018, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 11/15/2018 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 12/20/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 6/13/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 6/22/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/21/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Dx 2/24/2020, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 3/18/2020 Chemotherapy 4/20/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 10/12/2020 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine)
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Jul 15, 2020 05:18PM moth wrote:

thx Gamb & ipenelope! I had my pre chemo check up today & got a prescription for the Magic mouth rinse. She added nystatin to the recipe in case there was something fungal lurking as I'm on prophylactic antibiotics all the time now.

I'm sure that will do the trick!

Initial dx at 50. Seriously???? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: nevertellmetheodds2017.tumblr.... Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/25/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/9/2020 External Dx 12/10/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2020 Femara (letrozole) Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3 Radiation Therapy 3/3/2021 External: Bone

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