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Topic: Weekly Taxol diarrhea and schedule questikns

Forum: HER2+ (Positive) Breast Cancer —

Testing, treatment, side effects, and more.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2018 10:45AM - edited Aug 1, 2018 10:45AM by Honeybee68

Honeybee68 wrote:

I started weekly Taxol 13 days ago. I have the third infusion today. I also get Herceptin and Perjeta once every three weeks and so far have only had them once.

I started to get diarhhea a few days after the first infusion. I took Immodium about every other day and that worked. Now I am taking multiple doses every day and am still having watery stools. If you have any tips for how to manage diarrhea better, I would appreciate your input.

Also, how far in advance were your chemo infusions scheduled? I only get them for one to two weeks at a time and they keep switching the day of the week. I guess I expected I would get the entire 5 month schedule right away.


Dx age 49, 06/06/18, stage IV DCIS and IDC, ER-, PR-, HER2+, 2 liver mets, 07/20/2018, Taxol weekly 4 mos, Herceptin & Perjeta indefinitely. Two site lumpectomy and lymph node biopsy, 0/6 nodes 04/15/19. Whole breast radiation starting 05/13/19.
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Sep 9, 2019 03:14PM Hb4hikes3 wrote:

have your symptoms improved ? Do bananas, peanut butter, rice / constipating foods help at all

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Nov 10, 2019 03:16PM PJ_Seattle wrote:

I had this issue as well. Have you talked to your MO about it? They should be able to prescribe other meds that help with this. I found that Lomotil usually did the trick. (I am back to taking it now because I am currently on neratinib!) Also, the infusion nurses where I received treatment always asked about these things as well, and they were always helpful.

The BRAT diet, as suggested by Hb4hikes3, is helpful too. It is hard to sustain for long periods, though, and I found that during chemo I ate what sounded good when it sounded good.

Dx 7/2017, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, 3/16 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Targeted Therapy Perjeta (pertuzumab) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy Nerlynx Surgery Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)

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