Dec 16, 2016 01:10PM blainejennifer wrote:
If you go the left of this page, you'll see a list in blue that has various headings. Open the search heading, and input "doxil" as your key word. You'll have to do it several times, perhaps, as your browser's autocorrect will try its best to change it to "dioxin". Then limit the search to stage 4, so that you get posts about late stage use of doxil, which is different from early stage use of the drug.
Like many others here, I had it as part of my early stage treatment. It was a specific push into my IV that lasted for about 4 minutes. It was known for causing an awful taste in the mouth during the push, so they gave us popsicles. The cold also helped keep the drug from being picked up by oral tissue, which helped avoid mouth sores. Sadly, popsicles - to this day - make me want to hurl by association.
It's a drug I am most familiar with as a drug of last resort, which means nothing really, as I could be stunning in my ignorance. But, do ask your MO why she doesn't want to try some of the other second line chemos, like Xeloda, Navelbine, Gemzar or Halaven. They are all heavy hitters, without the cardio-toxicity that doxil can bring to the party.