What Taxol (Paclitaxel) Cancer Survivors said about their Chemotherapies.
suffer to heal. stay mindful of what it means to be aware.
AC and Taxol
methotrexate injections every other day via injection
November 2011-December 2011--6 administrations of Taxol and Carboplatin; strong allergic reaction to Taxol (could not breathe and it felt like my back had been struck by a car) handled with heavy doses of Benadryl and slow infusion; lost hair all over my body slowly during treatment and over several months after treatment; painful tingling in feet and hands; fatigue; bloody nose daily; ridges across nails on hands; skin toughened on backs of hands and tops of feet; hair on my head hurts sometimes months after treatment.
2 types of chemo started November 21st 2011. Nausea, migraines, fatigue, mouth sores, dizziness, bad taste in mouth.
I am currently taking 3 chemos and Herceptin every 3 weeks for 6 rounds. I also take a Neulasta injection after each chemo. My chemo side effects are extreme fatigue, severe stomach pain, nausea and neuropathy in my hands.
RCHOP - 6 sessions May - October 2011 Metaxtrate - 3 sessions on my brain May - October 2011 R- ICE - 3 sessions Feb 2012 Mini Beam -2 sessions December 2012 and January 2013 R- GDP -3 sessions March - April 2012 Side effects - My hair fell out 100% not one hair left. Completely bald! A feeling of sickness twenty four hours a day without actually getting physically sick. Tiredness and becoming neutropenic regularly.
There were eight cycles of chemotherapy: 4 before surgery and after surgery 4. My body responded well to chemotherapy and tumor marker (CA 125) decreased from 690 for 4.
AC first 2 months tolerated well. Didn't miss any days at work. Had more problems tolerating taxol. Missed a lot of time at work.
Cytoxan + Taxotere, 4 times every 3 weeks. Due the fact I had just come off from going through IVF, right after my surgery, my hormones were all over the place. Metallic conduit-like mouth, tired, emotional, chemo brain.
26 weeks of chemo. 1X every other week for 8 weeks. Then weekly for 12 weeks. Continued with Herceptin drug Trail for 13 months, 1x every three weeks. Nausea to most foods and smells like coffee or strong perfumes. Wanted hot or cold things to eat....flu like symptoms showed up day 3-5 after chemo. No nuropothy! Did not throw up at all. Slept more days 2-3...weight loss but only a few lbs first 9 weeks then started to gain. Have gained 15 lbs since chemo ended due to hormone blockers I am on.
8 total cycles...6 while undergoing radiation (reduced rate) followed by 2 of triple dose after radiation.
neo-adjuvant chemo. Doxorubicin/ Cyclophosphamide /Taxol. February-July 2012. anemia, nose bleed, upset stomach, nausea, weakness, hair loss, chills, hot flashes, weight loss, neuropathy, muscle and joint pain, low white count, fatigue, pneumonia.
8 treatments of chemo. March 30 thru July 12
4 months of chemo. Made me achy like having the flu but much worse especially in my legs, naseous, food tasted bad, water tasted bad, low energy.
I started chemo on Dec 3, 2012. I need to complete 6 treatments of Carbo and Taxol. My treatements or given over a period of 3 weeks. The first week I receive the full carbo dose and 1/3 of the taxol. The next two weeks I recieve the remaining taxol. I am having trouble keeping my WBC up with the weekly treatments. I had to have Neupogen shots to help give them a boost.
Chemotherapy started on March 1st
My symptoms became SO much worse after chemo: Pain, nausea, vomiting, mouth sores, chemical taste in mouth, fatigue, weight loss
Carbo/Taxol every 3 weeks, 6 cycles
Carbo/Taxol every 3 weeks for 6 cycles from 6/10 - 10/10. Side effects: loss of hair, neuropathy, nausea, vomiting, fatigue. Carbo/Gemzar (wk 1 combo, wk 2 Gemzar alone, wk. 3 off) for recurrence 3/12 - 8/12. Side effects: naausea, fatigue, muscle aches.
Folfox mix of chemotherapy -nausea, vomiting, diahhrea , nil taste I food, shaking, mouth ulcers, dry skin
Started weekly induction chemo on 9/5/13 with carboplatin and paclitaxel- soreness in mouth, slight nausea, dry skin (severe itching), acid reflux
TAP regimen - 7 21 day cycles
Now have weak heart from chemo. Have pacemaker and need heart.
Nausea, Diarrhea, Constipation, Fatigue, "Chemo-brain"
Cisplatin: Took 2 treatments, 1 week apart. Tolerated well. No nausea, though stomach very "acidy" feeling. Eating bland foods often throughout the day helped. Did have some tiredness. No loss of hair. Had to stop Cisplatin due to frequent ringing in ears. Cisplatin can lead to permanent hearing loss. Will be using Taxol and an experimental drug-Avastin, as well.
1st cycle 5th March 2014.
June-October 2010, fatigue, wt gain, menopause
Double chemo infusions, including "red devil", during the first round of chemo over eight weeks every two weeks. This was from late Oct 2014 thru mid Dec 2014. Side effects included hair loss, sensitive finger tips and toe nails, painful mouth and tongue with half my throat swollen by end of treatment, constipation and over all brain fog. The hardest to get used to is the stuffy nose and nose bleed when it clears. Single chemo included Taxol, Herceptin, steroids, benadryl, and anti-nausea medication. Side effects were a continuation of tender nails till they have started to detatch from their nail beds. Sore mouth with base of tongue muscle having difficulty moving food around in my mouth, which has gotten worse as therapy has progressed. Constipation is still an issue unless I forget to eat my bowl of raw veggies every day. Brain fog or mushiness has been an issue throughout this entire experience, hopefully this will discontinue with the ending of chemo. Tiredness has been my constant companion throughout this entire experience also. Also, my constant stuffy nose that clears off and on and bleeds every time. I'm often awakened by my nose bleeding.
I have had chemo in 2004, 2009, and 2012. each chemo has been different than the one before. With my most recent round I was very nauseous and sick. Lost my hair with all of them and had muscle and bone pain. I also developed an orbital pseudotumer as a reaction to the carboplatin and had to be put on prednisone steroids. This will now be required anytime I am on carbo. It started as a twitching and watery eye almost like with allergies. The eye then swelled shut and was very painful.
9 hours of chemo every 3 weeks
I was aiming for Thursday (Day 22) and I just managed it by having the port (Yoda) installed on Day 21. Hurray! Scheduled for 6 rounds of carboplatin and taxol - 3 weeks apart. Thursdays worked out great - there all day (7 hours) for infusion with the world's greatest chemo nurses; worked on Fridays (felt fine); okay for 1/2 day on Saturdays... then YUCKY from Saturday afternoon until Sunday night (tired, tummy troubles, etc.) I did not get constipated as many of my fellow survivors complained of...for me, it was important to be very close to the bathroom on that weekend following chemo! Fortunately no nausea. Fine to go back to work on Monday. This lasted throughout my chemo, so I was truly blessed. Right on time at the 10 day mark, I started shedding like a Golden Retriever and immediately shaved my head. It felt so-o-o-o good to get rid of that hair. I wore a wig one time when I returned to work and ended up tossing it on my desk! Stuck to hats after that when my head felt cold. Chemo ended in September, 2012. Officially NED and in remission in October, 2012. Currently maintaining status quo..May, 2014. Yoda (my Bard Power Port) was removed on 05/09/14, exactly 2 years from my initial cancer surgery.
Started Nov. 12 - Feb 2014 - Side effects numerous!
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