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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 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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Nov 28, 2020 08:20AM Gamb wrote:

believe, I had the dd of taxol and my oncologist said that for tnbc it works a little bit better. Who knows what that means. With premeds and lots of water I had no problems, except for rapid heart beat the second dd. Which they then slowed the drip and I was fine. Good luck!

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Nov 28, 2020 06:00PM brittonkb wrote:

Last week I finished my 9th weekly taxol. In the past week or two my hair has started to grow back in. It’s definitely peach fuzz but a lot more of it than I would have expected. Also I’ve started getting some pimples. Not sure what’s going on?!? Anyone else experience this?

Dx 4/29/2020, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 5/20/2020 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 7/6/2020 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 8/3/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 1/20/2021 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Dec 2, 2020 11:08AM MochiPie wrote:

Hello - I'm new here and wanted to join the party. I'm generally more of a lurker than a poster, but may find that I start posting more often once treatment starts.

Dx 11/3/2020, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 11/10/2020 Lumpectomy: Right Targeted Therapy 12/8/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 12/8/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy Breast
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Dec 6, 2020 03:22AM Zillsnot4me wrote:

Hello everyone. I’ll be on taxol for the rest of my life or progression. I’ve had six treatments and get scanned right before Christmas after my 8th. I’ve found it fairly easy compared to AC seven years ago

Just wondering if anyone has had taste changes and how they combatted them. Mainly everything is blah or bitter. Trying to up my protein and drink drink drink.

1/7/2021 Axabrane 10/29/2020 Taxol 7/22/2020 A/A combo, 11 cm liver spots! piqray, zometa, faslodex 6/11/2020 rads to liver 12/2020 3 cm liver 10/2019, Liver spots 1/ 2016, Xgeva 9/2015, Bones 4/2015, Lungs 4/2013 Dx 4/2013, 4cm, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/29/2013 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 5/23/2013 AC Hormonal Therapy 10/2/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 11/6/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 9/25/2015 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 1/7/2016 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 1/7/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 2/4/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 4/24/2017 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Chemotherapy 11/16/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine) Dx 10/2019, metastasized to liver, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy Liver
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Dec 7, 2020 11:18AM Kattysmith wrote:

I am finding taxol to be pretty easy in general too. I had to skip one treatment early on because of low WBC and I'm now on a 3 week on/ one week off regime due to neuropathy.

My taste buds have been affected, too, more things taste muddy or blah. The only things that really excite my taste buds are citrus and things that are tart or vinegary. I am really pleased when something tastes like it's supposed to!!! To keep from losing more weight I eat whatever is on hand / whatever I want and often whether I'm hungry or not because my appetite is not what it used to be!

Good luck with your scans! Mine have been bumped to January since my schedule has changed. May we both continue on taxong for a long long time!


First diagnosed borderline Stage 2 IDC, left breast in 2003. No problems until a surprise (!) Stage IV recurrence in 2015! In addition to treatments listed below, I started monthly injections of Xgeva for bone support in July 2016. Dx 10/23/2015, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to other, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+, HER2- Chemotherapy 11/4/2015 AC Hormonal Therapy 2/5/2016 Femara (letrozole) Targeted Therapy 2/5/2016 Ibrance (palbociclib) Immunotherapy 12/23/2018 Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant)
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Dec 7, 2020 01:54PM Mthurman68 wrote:

Hello, I was recently diagnosed with Invasive Mammary Carcinoma in both breasts. Stage 2, grade 2 in November and will be having a double mastectomy, followed by Taxol for 12 weeks and Herpecin for 1 yr. Tamoxifen for 5 years. My surgery is scheduled for 12/17/20. Wondering if there is anyone who has not lost their hair on just Taxol? I see AC, not sure what that means as I am new here. Followed by Taxol hair regrows, but what about just Taxol. Debating the cold cap but do not want the expense and added time to treatments. Any suggestions welcomed as I have been googling everything.

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Dec 11, 2020 06:05PM PatinMN wrote:

Mthurman68, that is a very good question. I had weekly taxol in 2012, used Penguin cold caps and lost almost no hair. I think as a general rule, hair loss from weekly taxol starts more slowly than other chemos, and some do keep a good amount of hair throughout (though with much thinning). Others lose so much that they end up shaving their heads. There’s no way of knowing ahead of time, so if you want to be sure of keeping your hair you should cold cap. Good luck with your decision

Dx 7/13/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 8/1/2012 Lumpectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 9/20/2012 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 9/20/2012 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/8/2013 Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2013
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Jan 6, 2021 06:37PM claire1973 wrote:

Hi Everyone,

I just want to thank you for posting. I start 12 weeks of weekly Taxol tomorrow. It's my first step in this journey. I was diagnosed on Dec 15 and will have surgery after the Taxol (and Herceptin and Perjeta). I am also being given the Neulasta patch and using a cold cap. I'm worried about my hands and feet, but i think I am just going to focus on my head.

Thanks again for posting,


Dx 12/15/2020, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 1/7/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 6, 2021 07:23PM moth wrote:

Claire, hair loss is very rarely permanent but chemotherapy induced neuropathy can be a permanent side effect of taxane therapy. Peripheral neuropathy is potentially disabling. Many people don't ice hands and feet & have no issues but I would recommend being very alert to any small signs of it and acting on them immediately.

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 3/19/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/26/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Dx 12/10/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Radiation Therapy 12/10/2020 External Hormonal Therapy 12/16/2020 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 6, 2021 07:38PM claire1973 wrote:

Ok--will do. Yes- My doctor said to let her know as soon as i feel any numbness or change in my fingers or toes.

Dx 12/15/2020, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Chemotherapy 1/7/2021 Taxol (paclitaxel)

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