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 01:23PM

Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 01:23PM

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 18, 2015 03:03PM Carrie37 wrote:

Yes, it was Heparin! They had me cough too an that finally worked.

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 4/29/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/29/2015 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 18, 2015 08:14PM MJS1266 wrote:

I had clogged port once and they used something to unclog it although I don't think it was Heparin as they said it wasn't a blood clot. The problem was only with the blood draw and not with IV. Anyway, it only happened once. Good Luck, MJ

Dx 9/23/2014, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 10/13/2014 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 4/5/2015 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 5/19/2015 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jun 18, 2015 08:53PM Carrie37 wrote:

Mary, I'm so sorry you had to go through that! The nurse mentioned possibly using another drug where I sat for 30 minutes but then it cleared up. I have horrible veins and don't want to have Herceptin every 3 weeks for a year through an IV. Cancer sucks.

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 4/29/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/29/2015 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 18, 2015 10:08PM Tresjoli2 wrote:

well my port is in...took three iv sticks to get the iv to deliver the meds to put in the port. It's acessed and ready to go. 1st treatment is tomorrow. Wish me luck. Anything I should make sure to bring with me? My doc gave me scripts for compazine and lorazepam? Do I bring those with me?

Diagnosed at age 40 after going for my baseline mammogram. Dx 4/21/2015, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+, Dx 4/21/2015, DCIS, Left, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 3 Surgery 5/18/2015 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy 6/19/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 6/19/2015 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 8/7/2015 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 9/24/2015 Whole breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/11/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jun 19, 2015 06:38AM angiel wrote:

Tresjoli2, I brought my scripts along with me on my first 2 treatments but I never ended up needing them. The premeds they gave me were always enough. I always bring water, along with some crystal light packets, a pack of tissues, and a cozy blanket. Also, when they flush your port, I like to chew gum or take a drink of my Crystal Light lemonade to keep that weird taste out of my mouth. It wasn't bad the first few times but now I hate the taste the port flush gives. We have free wifi there, so i bring an iPad and a magazine or 2. Good luck!

Dx 1/7/2015, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 3/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/9/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Chemotherapy 4/8/2015 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jun 19, 2015 07:44AM ninjamary wrote:

Tresjoli - I never brought my meds to my infusions. Ditto on what Angel said. Fluids, blankets books and tablet. You'd think you wouldn't need a blanket, but I've always found the infusion room on the cold side.

Dx 1/14/2015, IDC, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 2/5/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 3/11/2015 AC + T (Taxol)
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Jun 19, 2015 07:55AM Leighrh wrote:


Well... I was one of the lucky ones to have a reaction to Taxol!  After pre-meds of Benadryl and Zofran and decadron.. they ran the Taxol very slowly.  Nurse said to let her know if I was feeling flush... Well in 10 minutes I was seeing stars.. told hubs to get nurse... then I sat up my face started to feel like it was twice it's size and I started screaming,,. I CAN'T BREATH!! I am not a good patient when it come to emergency situations..LOL   So lots of nurses rush over and push more benadrly and Ativan.  Then I got a pain that started at my head and moved to my back then my hips.  Then it all subsided.  I did end up trying the Taxol again and I am assuming nothing else happened... because I passed plum out.  Went home and went to bed and did not get up until this morning.  I feel fine!  I am at work.  My face is a little flushed but no nausea, I am even having a cup of coffee and it taste good.  That is def a first for me day after chemo.  Here's hoping that is the only incident I will have on Taxol!

Dx 12/31/2014, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/18/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 3/25/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 10/20/2015
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Jun 19, 2015 08:55AM Trvler wrote:

Oh, gosh, Leigh. I am so sorry. But glad you are feeling well today. The day after is usually the best because you are hyped up on steroids. Very productive.

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 3/23/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 8/31/2015 Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Radiation Therapy 10/14/2015 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2016
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Jun 19, 2015 10:38AM pennsygal wrote:

Leigh - sorry you had the reaction, it's scary - I know. Glad they addressed it.

Mary and Carrie - I had the same issue with my port this week. They tried herceptin, and when that didn't work, used TPA. I sat for half and hour and that cleared the clog.

Dx 12/22/2014, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/21 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/8/2015 AC Chemotherapy 5/13/2015 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Surgery 9/28/2015 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal Radiation Therapy 11/16/2015 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/29/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 19, 2015 11:16AM rleepac wrote:

Diarrhea, diarrhea, diarrhea...uggghhhh! I've had nothing but diarrhea for the past week and a half (and intermittently before that). Saw the NP yesterday and she said it's the Taxol and Perjeta. Immodim helps a little but the Rx Lomotil doesn't seem to touch it. It's just watery and constant - like I can't leave the house kinds of constant. Another couple of times today and I'll be finding myself a trip to the ER for fluids :(

Other than it being annoying (and uncomfortable) I get dehydrated really quickly and I'm definitely popping out more that I can possibly take in. It's only a matter of time. Maybe I can catch the infusion center today instead of having to go to the ER this weekend. Hmmmm...need to make a phone call.

Bekah

Bekah 1/6/15: Excisional biopsy 2.1 cm IDC in axillary tail, Age 42 at diagnosis. Dx 1/6/2015, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+, Surgery 1/6/2015 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Chemotherapy 3/5/2015 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 4/30/2015 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/30/2015 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Surgery 8/18/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 11/13/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 11/18/2015 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/28/2016 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 9/8/2016 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant

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