What Taxol (Paclitaxel) Cancer Survivors said about their Chemotherapies.
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.
Begin weekly Erbitux 9/10/13, Cisplatin/5FU 5/14, CarboTaxol 7/15
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. Started chemo-radiation on 11/4/13 using cisplatin. Received 5 weekly cisplatin treatments until wbc count was too low.
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 for a while due to frequent ringing in ears. Cisplatin can lead to permanent hearing loss. Was able to complete last 4 Cisplatin after a break. Have some hearing loss, but not much. Will be using an experimental drug-Avastin, as well. Avastin: no loss of hair. Felt a coldness in the core of the body and extremities. Combined with Cisplatin, usually left me feeling poor and unable to work for about 5 days. Starting Taxol, Carboplatin, and Avastin again next week.
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.
8 rounds of a taxol, carboplatin, avastin combination every 3 weeks for 7 months then low dose cisplatin twice in 4 weeks with radiation. Side effects: nausea, vomiting, heartburn, fatigue, pain, depression, compromised immune system.
7/15/13 1st round of chemo with Mitomycin and 96 hr (5 day) pump of 5-FU. Nausea, mouth sores, lack of appetite, weight loss. 8/12/13 2nd round of chemo ... same medication and side effects as 1st. Starting 7/18/14 Cisplatin, 5-FU. Every 3 weeks. Nausea, mouth sores 9/22 Carboplatin, 5-FU Every 3 weeks. Nausea, mouth changes 6/25/15 Carboplatin, Taxol every 3 weeks. Fatigue 7/15/15 Carboplatin, Taxol, Vectibix every 3 wks. Fatigue, Nausea, Dry Skin, Acne-like blemishes
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!
Dose-Dense AC chemo x4 every 2 weeks, then Taxol x4 every 2 weeks Oct 2009- January 2010
4 cycles starting 7-24-2014
Cytoxan was not bad but the taxol made me feel like death warmed over
6 rounds of chemo; every three weeks March - June 2014; few side effects; some joint and bone pain for a couple of days after each treatment; some neuropathy in my feet
3 round s of carboplatin and taxol gave me horrible leg pains and hair loss. I am now on carboplatin with doxil and have some aching but no hair loss. I have had horrible aching from the shots to stimulate WBCs
To many to count. Nausea
A/c( I am not good with names and the one would not uncheck above) started 4/10/2014 I lost my hair the day of the second treatment. Felt pretty bad but was able to work. Got pulmonary embolisms in June (I hope to find out soon that they are gone) by my 3rd A/c the lump was no longer able to be felt. By the 4th it was gone. started taxol in June (blurry) after 2 treatments the first infusion took 11 hours the second 8 hours and that was all I could stand. The side effects were extreme pain, nausea and sensitive to light and sound .I opted out the rest and went straight to surgery!
Chemo consisted of 6 total treatments - 1 treatment every 21 days of a variety of steroids, anti-nausia meds and anti allergy meds along with 300mg of Taxal & 580mg of Carboplatin. Treatments started on Oct 2, 2014 and then every 21 days from there with the exception of late Dec. which was 25 days because the 21st day fell on Christmas day. Last Treatment was Jan. 20, 2015.
AC was May to July 2014 (8 infusions, dose dense), Taxol was July to September 2014 (12 weekly infusions); suffered side effects from the chemo and the steroids: nausea, skin toxicity, weight gain, round face, hair loss (but saved most of it with cold caps!), nail discoloration, nail bed separation, hot flashes
4/17/15 Allergic reaction to Emend and Taxol
March 9- June 24 2015
Chemotherapy November 2014-April 2015. Hair loss, neuropathy in feet, achy joints.
2009 - Mitfomycin, 5FU; 2011 Xeloda & Oxaliplatin; 2013 Paclitaxel & Carboplatin; 2014 Lapatinib; 2015 Xeloda
Had a really bad reaction on Oct 14 2014
14 treatments from December 2013 to current. weight loss, loss of appetite, hair loss, very tired all the time, loss of muscle tone.
CarboPlatin & taxol w/ neuplasta at 3 wk intervals from Aug to Oct Severe constant leg pains, neuropathy in feet and hands, high heart rate. Unable to stand for more than 10 minutes, stumbling, dropping things regularly Treatment changing to CarboPlatin & doxil w/ neuplasta.