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Apr 17, 2010 04:10PM
, edited Apr 17, 2010 11:17PM
Abraxane/ Avastin, just started , am on 3rd treatment every 3 weeks. Get treatment on Wednesdays and Neulasta the following day. every 6 weeks Zometa is added to the mix.
First treatment, sent me into a spin. Went to work the following day, had Neulasta injection at 1:00 went back to work, got home while making dinner joint pain started to set in. Got so bad that I could not sleep, I took a pain med to get relief, that helped. Went to work Monday and only stayed 1/2 a day. Better Tuesday. Fingers and toes felt numb.
2nd treatment. Talked to oncologist, she prescribed dexamethasone 4mg 1 time a day for pain. The achy felling did set in on Thursday evening like before but not the pain. That helped a lot with the bone pain and slept good. Stayed home Monday from wok as I felt achy in the knees and feet.
3rd treatment, Last Wednesday. Talked to oncologist, she said her was dropping the dosage of the chemo and I could take 2 at a time of the dexamethasone. Made it through with no pain, but the sorness in the joints are setting in now 2 days later then usual.
Dry eyes I am using Re-Fresh Eye Drops and dry nose, a saline spray. Eating a high fiber breakfast and drinking lots of water as constipation is a side effect. Had trouble on treatment 2 with that, slacked off on the oatmeal and bran for breakfast. Taste was getting messed up so I was looking for something that tasted good and a little spicy and sour was giving me what I craved.
What lead to this treatment was Zoloda had stopped working and tumors were showing up in liver, and a uptake in bone. The tumor maker test rose and that sent me to CAT and bone scans. After the 2nd treatment the CAT and bone scan showed a decrease in the bone and almost hard to spot liver tumors, and Tumor Marker test is dropping 200+ down to 170.
8/2005, 4cm, Stage IV, 11/18 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2+