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

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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Jun 16, 2015 12:24AM JenH2015 wrote:

After six taxol infusions with no allergy problems, I asked my oncologist to cut my Benadryl - which he did by 75% as I hated the way the Benadryl made me feel. I had no problem with the lower dose and the restless leg and light headedness I was getting from the Benadryl went away.
Dx 1/22/2015, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Jun 16, 2015 07:56AM Trvler wrote:

I am only on my 4th and they have already cut my Benedryl a lot. I am not sure but I think I am down to 12 from 50.

Allison Dx 1/16/2015, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 2/26/2015, ILC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/24/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/1/2015 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Radiation Therapy 10/15/2015 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2016
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Jun 16, 2015 09:34AM Leighrh wrote:

Why. why, why did I just read that thread on bad reaction to Taxol!!!!!!!!  I start Thursday and I was anxious and now I am worried about allergic reactions...death...  good god do NOT go read that thread!!!..........I am really not allergic to much so here's hoping that rings true for this.  I have a love hate with Benadryl.. if I take 1 I pass plum out.. if I take 2.. I am a wired mess!  LOL  I don't even know if that is what I will get, just assuming.  MO says only steroids with the infusion and I wont need to take any orally so I am hoping that is the case ... I HATE that steroid.

Anyone's eyelashes and eyebrows come back on weekly tax?  My eyelashes and most eyebrows have left the building after that last round of AC and I have heard that they grow back fairly quickly but I am not sure if that is after all chemo is done or, since hair is suppose to start growing back on Taxol, if those suckers will come back too.  I know lots of ppl don't even lose those until after Taxol is done but mine decided to jump ship early.

Dx 12/31/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/19/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 3/25/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/21/2015
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Jun 16, 2015 09:53AM tryn2staycalm wrote:


Did my first Taxol Friday.  Yes I got knocked out by the Benedryl.  Felt fine on the steroids till noon Sat.  That was when I could not stay awake for anything.  Slept pretty much steady till 7 this morning (Tues.)  Still feel somewhat tired too.  Had a very light touch of nausea when I got up in the night Sat. night but only upon standing so took a nausea pill and went back to bed.  Because of the blood clot and the daily Fragmen injections I have the opposite problem of most.  Went nearly a week without bowl movement.  The Fragman stops the bowls from contracting.  So steadily  taking something to keep me moving.. or trying to.  My MO was right, Taxol not as bad as original chemo but still kicks my butt good.

Cathy 

A strong woman won't let anyone get the best of her, but a woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone Dx 7/27/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 1/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy 3/1/2011 Breast, Lymph nodes Dx 5/2012, IDC, Left, Grade 3 Hormonal Therapy 3/23/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 3/26/2015, Stage IV Chemotherapy 6/12/2015 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Chemotherapy Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Jun 16, 2015 10:03AM Trvler wrote:

Leighr: Why are you starting Taxol so late? I started 4 weeks ago and you are only 2 days behind me on AC? I know exactly how you feel about Taxol and the first one. I was a mess when I went in there. I was so scared. They were pretty nonchalant about it all. I was completely fine and you will be, too but you won't know that until you are sitting there and it's going in. They told me the reaction would happen in the first 15 minutes. If you are going alone, just ask your nurse to stay with you. You are going to be fine. Hugs. Also, I though they eyebrows and lashes went on Taxol. My lower lashes are almost gone and my upper are starting. My brows are thinner but still there.

Allison Dx 1/16/2015, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 2/26/2015, ILC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/24/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/1/2015 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Radiation Therapy 10/15/2015 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2016
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Jun 16, 2015 10:05AM Trvler wrote:

Also, if you are fine on the first TAxol, ask if they cut the Benedryl and steroid dose. Kind of a funny note. My friend who goes with me said to me one day, I slept like a baby last night. I said oh good. When the nurse was telling me that I was getting 50 mg of Bene, she said she accidentally had taken 100. My eyes were rolling back in my head on 50. 100 would have killed me. I hate it, too. She said a lot of people fight the sleep and I did because I was so worried about the allergic reaction happening when I was sleeping. I know it's easy to say but try not to worry.

Allison Dx 1/16/2015, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 2/26/2015, ILC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/24/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 9/1/2015 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Radiation Therapy 10/15/2015 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2016
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Jun 16, 2015 10:21AM Leighrh wrote:

Allison... I was on a 3 week AC schedule.  Actually tried to do the last one within 2 weeks but blood work was a no go... white count was too low. So we learned that the 2nd week after AC was my low week as far as blood work went.  So we just continued with the 3 week schedule to start Taxol.  I guess I am lucky because for the past 2 weeks I have felt great! Not looking forward to more poison and certainly not looking forward to this weekly business.  I am going to try to go into this believing that it's going to be as easy as my MO says..... thinking positive rt?  LOL  It's gonna be easy, my hair is going to start growing.. life will be great!!  LOL!!!! (all said with a huge dose of sarcasm!!!)

Dx 12/31/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/19/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 3/25/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/21/2015
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Jun 16, 2015 10:22AM pennsygal wrote:

Leighrh - they will monitor you very closely with the first Taxol infusion. I had a reaction, and they were on it, with more benadryl, checking bp, etc. When it was clear the benadryl wasn't helping, they stopped the infusion. I started on Abraxane the following week, which is basically taxol in a different suspension, and have had no problems.

As Allison said, if you are going to react, it will happen in the first 15 minutes.

Dx 12/22/2014, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/9/2015 AC Chemotherapy 5/13/2015 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Surgery 9/29/2015 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal Radiation Therapy 11/17/2015 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/30/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 16, 2015 11:47AM Carrie37 wrote:

My MO agreed to take me off the Benedryl after week 3 on Taxol. No allergic reaction and the Benedryl was making me feel just awful. I feel so much better during infusion!

On another note; I am really missing my tastebuds this week.

Dx 2/11/2015, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Dx 2/11/2015, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Chemotherapy 3/5/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 4/30/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/30/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 8/19/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 10/26/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 11/11/2015 Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 16, 2015 02:03PM MJS1266 wrote:

Leigh, I too had read about the bad allergic reactions and was nervous to start Taxol. The nurse stays with you for about 15 to 20 minutes but nothing happened. I finished all 12 weeks without a problem. My hair started growing back aroung week 9 or 10. I didn't loose my eyebrows and eyelashes completely until after Taxol. I got them back relatively quickly. Good Luck, MJ

Dx 9/23/2014, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/14/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 4/6/2015 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/20/2015 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes

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