See full list of all Chemotherapies
Adriamycin (Doxorubicin), Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan), Taxol (Paclitaxel), Methotrexate (Folex, Mexate, Amethopterin), Fluorouracil (5-FU), Epirubicin, Gemcitabine (Gemzar), Vinorelbine (Navelbine), Irinotecan (Campto), Cisplatin (Platinol, Platinol-AQ), Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Xeloda, Doxorubicin, Leomycin. Inblastine, Acarbazine (ABVD), Tarceva (Erlotinib), Abraxane
What Breast Cancer Survivors said about their Chemotherapies.
I have completed 3 of my 6 cycles of chemo. I am on Taxotere, Cytoxin and Herceptin. I will finish up in September, with the completion of the Herceptin in May of 2012. I am also receiving a shot of Neulasta which makes my bones ache. The chemo this time has not been so bad except for the flu like symptoms and achiness in my bones. I am tired but this is due to the anemia.
Taxotere..Dec 2006-Apr2007. All the usual, numbness in fingers and toes, no taste, no appetite, constipation. The bone pain was the pits.
Red Devil, cytoxan, taxol....May 2002....Bone pain, tired all the time!...Gained weight
Started 06-20-Nausea, constipation, severe headahces, body aches, fatigue, dizziness, hot flashes, grumpiness. 07-05-some Nausea, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, port became infected.
8 sessions, sweats, nausea, constipation, de hydration, low white cell counts. joint, bone, muscle, numbness, tingling, pain from Taxol during and post-chemo. Peripheral neuropathy has been diagnosed.
January, 2014 - May, 2014
Starting September 2nd - pretty clueless outside of that.
First chemo starts July 7 2011
I just finished 4 rounds of A/C chemo treatments. Fatigue and infection was my worst enemy. First chemo treatment, I was in the hospital with pneumonia and neutrepedic. Very sick. I can only say I am glad its over. Now I am getting a port and will start Taxol next week.
Things I wish someone had told me- You feel the worst on days 3-5. Even though you're nauseous you can still eat with enough drugs (I never threw up!) Get your hair buzzed as soon as it starts to come out, and your scalp hurts, you will feel much better. Don't shave it until your scalp stops hurting. Your nose runs because you have no nose hair to catch it A little infection will knock you on your ass. Claritin can fight some of the neulasta side effects Glutamine and vitamin B can help with the Taxol tingle Ugg makes flip flops- AHHH big help with the Taxol tingle Some people lose their fingernails with Taxol (but mine are intact- I have chemo rings, though)
AC x4 Tax x4 recieved every two wks first chemo 29th April '10 last 5th august '10 side effects varied from the usual hair loss, vomiting to swelling of my chest wall, 19 of my 20 nails fell off (this happened a couple of weeks after the chemo finished) nose bleeds the list is endless but I got through it
Chemo was manageable --- did not have the nausea that some experience. The steroid you have to take ahead of the chemo was as bad or worse than the chemo itself. In the end, the worst part of chemo was what it did to my brain. Couldn't remember anything, which affected my ability to do my job.
through March 2008 CMF cocktail, 8 rounds. never lost my hair, nausea got pretty bad... three rounds in, I became a petulant child and announced I was NOT going back. A nurse family member asked my mom what kind of anti nausea meds I was given (don't remember) and told my mom to relay the following: "tell her to get pot, the pills suck" .... My resourceful husband came home with a surprise shortly after round 3. It PISSES me off that I had to break the law because the fact is, at least for me, IT WORKED and it was AMAZING.....
Started Adriamycin/ Cytoxan infusions every 3 weeks, June 28, 2011. Would keep me pretty much bedridden for 2 of the 3 weeks.
took Docetaxol (Taxotere) after FEC - finished chemo July 22
started chemo end of may and finished it july 15th,had 4 altogether,side effects were severe bone and muscle pain ans sickness
Very sick. 12 years ago the drugs for side effects were not as effective as they are now and hopefully will continue to get better
I had 1 TAC had allergic reaction (tongue swelling) 3 weeks later started 3 AC biweekly, then had 7 abraxyn I had mouth sores, tongue swelling and bone pain after Neulasta, also had thrush for 5-7 days after the fisrt 4 sessions, I have muscle aches after Abraxyn, fatigue
Taxotere and Cytoxan - Four Treatments - 2 down 2 to go 10/24/11 Herceptin - 1 Year
Starting A/C on December 6, 2011. Will have chemo every 2 weeks for 4 months.
Taxotere & Carboplatin 6/30/11- 10/13/11 All classic symptoms
on 2nd round of AC, bald and trying to hold onto willpower. I get pretty sickly the 3rd day after cheno, 1/6/12 3rd treatment
3 (months not sure of all the drug names. A/C and taxol i think. Round two,Cisplatin.
Breast cancer 1 2004: FEC - started throwing up after session 2 and it just got progressively worse. Breast cancer 2 2011: TAC - minor heartburn, some nausea, some reaction to lenograstim injections, but apart from a little nausea, no sickness (hooray!). Complete hair loss with both types of chemo.
I've been in chemo since june 2011. I was taking 3 different kinds every three weeks but now have gone to just one kind. the initial treatments caused heartburn, hair loss, vision loss, hearing loss, skin discoloration, skin burns, nausea and vomiting, dizzyness, hot flashes, chemo induced asthma, chemo induced menopause, bone pain, I was not able to taste foods that were not sweet, there are many more but I feel like I"m whining...lol
Taxotere & herceptin weekly for the rest of my life.
First Taxol 1.5.11, once a week for 12 weeks, FAC once every 3 weeks from 3.30 - 6.1.11. Taxol made me feel like I was wearing a lead raincoat and concrete shoes. FAC was far more discouraging. Lots of digestive issues, couldn't eat, everything taste nasty. It was horrible.
I was on a novel agent in a clinical trial. With Taxol for 12 weeks. Its was horrible diarreha, but it shrunk the tumors. Hooraay
suffer to heal. stay mindful of what it means to be aware.
AC and Taxol
4 treatments of taxotere and cytoxan, every 3 weeks began on January 12, 2011. I had a reaction to the second treatment. I was lucky with side effects. Shaved my head before the second treatment because it hurt, then the constipation started,nausea started after 3rd treatment, but never actually got sick. My fingernails hurt but never turned black or fell out. I felt like I had paper in my mouth for a few weeks. The booster shot made my bones ache. My back twitched after the first one so much that I could not get comfortable. And the steroids kept me awake.
2 types of chemo started November 21st 2011. Nausea, migraines, fatigue, mouth sores, dizziness, bad taste in mouth.
Very few side effects, a little nauseau and sleeping more than normal, lost my hair
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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.
Will have 4 rounds of chemo for preventative reasons. Taxotere & Cytoxan. Had my first dose 2 weeks ago. No nausea, just fatigue, some diarrhea. Thought I'd keep my hair until the next dose, but it just started falling out today.
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.
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
Docetaxel (taxotere) 6 months every 3 weeks, Cyclophosphamide (procytox) 6 months every 3 weeks, and Trastuzumab (herceptin) evey 3 weeks for a year.
They are not doing anything as of yet it has been a month and I am told it will take another month for this to heal . Who really knows. I am so afraid of that surgeon I don't want to see him . I think I should be on hormonal therapy or something besides sitting around with my skin falling off.
Nausea, Diarrhea, Constipation, Fatigue, "Chemo-brain"
1st cycle 5th March 2014.
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.
None. So thankful.
Dose-Dense AC chemo x4 every 2 weeks, then Taxol x4 every 2 weeks Oct 2009- January 2010
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!
3-8-2013 To 11-5-13 chemo. I be off balance, I throw up, lost hair, bones ache, hot flashes all side effects.
Started chemo Oct 2015. Will be complete end of January 2016
Every two weeks - fatigue five or six days following
Perjeta, Herceptin & Taxol (4 rounds over 12 weeks)to start off with then after mastectomy & reconstruction Adriamycin & Cytoxan (4 rounds over 8 weeks)
Starting April 7th 2016
June 4th 2016, every 3 weeks for 6 sessions. Maybe more after surgery. Chemo combo tch
4 rounds of CT
Feb 2015 - July -2015
March until August 2011 before surgery. Hair loss, insomnia
Taxol x 12 Herception x 18 Fatigue. Weight gain. But I won't give up and still work out.
first session of chemo on the 2nd feb 2017
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