What are Adriamycin (Doxorubicin) Chemotherapies? List from Cancer Survivors

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Adriamycin (Doxorubicin) Chemotherapy Chemotherapies

What Adriamycin (Doxorubicin) Chemotherapy Cancer Survivors said about their Chemotherapies.

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.
R-Chop--6 cycles total..completed 5/18,6/8 and 6/24/2011,7/15/11 8/8/11 and 8/25/11. side effects: nausea, bone pain, headaches, ear pain(probably from neulasta/neupogen),some fatigue, severe heartburn/epigastic discomfort, mood changes, r ice , beam, imbruvica
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.
Started Adriamycin/ Cytoxan infusions every 3 weeks, June 28, 2011. Would keep me pretty much bedridden for 2 of the 3 weeks.
I recieved Chemo in 2004-2006 with my first diagnosis of ALL. I relasped in June 2011 and started chemo on June 24-July 18. I will continue chemo until my Bone Marrow Transplant.
1st round-12/09/2011Atromycin for 3 days nd Cytosar. for 7 days.
R C h o p. 21, Six cycles stated feb 11 last one ( hopefully )June 1st 2011. Severe tummy gloating, gas, and pain. Heavy fatigue and nausea, constipation, sweats, hair loss, neuropathy, weight gain in trunk area. Sweats. Fevers. Period gone after first week. Dunno if gone 4 good.
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
R-CHOP14 to start on September 13 for six cycles.
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
started Feb. 26, 2010 I was admitted to hospital every 3 weeks for a total of 6 rounds of treatment - Cycles A and B.
Rituxan/Bendamustine (Summer 2010) - very little except fatigue. R-CHOP (summer 2011) - nausea, fatigue, hair loss
Doxorubicin Cisplation Methotrexate Ifosfomide Etoposide
Starting A/C on December 6, 2011. Will have chemo every 2 weeks for 4 months.
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
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.
finished with induction therapy, now gonna begin with consolidation.
Had AIM protocol (Adriamyacin, Ifosfamide and Mensa) for all of 2007, then in 2010 I had Yondelis, a clinical trial, also for a year. The AIM made me lose all my hair, had frequent need for transfusions of blood and platelets and I had many infections. The Yondelis did not make me lose hair, but the other side effects were the same.
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.
R+Chop, 1/4/2012-4/23/2012
R-CHOP every 3 weeks for 6 cycles
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
AVD (Dr. says I don't need the B) constipation, nausia, jaw tingle, red hot face, tired, dizziness
methotrexate injections every other day via injection
IE and VAC treatment every 3 weeks. Lost weight and all my hair/ body hair
Several months of CHOP+Bleo. Got very bloated from Prednazone. Total body baldness, of course. My skin actually got quite beautiful and baby smooth. Toenails fell off. Heart and lung damage from Bleo. My mouth and throat were scarred by sores and from vomiting. Kidneys have been very vulnerable ever since. (Just want to add, I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS ABOUT ANY OF THIS. I lived! It was worth it.)
2 types of chemo started November 21st 2011. Nausea, migraines, fatigue, mouth sores, dizziness, bad taste in mouth.
RCHOP - 3 sessions. Start Aug 10 2012
Very few side effects, a little nauseau and sleeping more than normal, lost my hair
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.
ABVD started in December 2011-May 2012. Hair loss, nauscia, weakness. ICE July 2012-August 2012 Hair loss, nausea, weakness
Currenly going through Ewings Sarcoma protocol for Chemotherapy. 14 total cycles.
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.
3/2012 Adriamycin and dacarbazine 6 cycles 12/2012- 10/2013 votrient 600mg every day. 10/2013 - present gem/tax
R-CHOP began 8/21/12, then 9/14,10/2, 10/23, 11/13, 12/4. vomiting, nausea, taste & smell changes, nueropathy, hair loss, depresssion
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.
R-Chop - started on 11/19/12, day one was just tired, days 2-4 was aches, awful taste in my mouth, fatigue, constipation. day 5 was pain everywhere, especially in jaws and stomach. Slowly getting better on days 6-14.
8 treatments of chemo. March 30 thru July 12
Chemotherapy lasted from July 2010 - August 2011 His chemotherapy consisted of Vincristine, Doxorubicin, Cyclophosphamide, Ifosfamide, and Etoposide. Some vomiting and lots of nausea.
Dose adjusted R-EPOCH. Six rounds. 21 day cycles. Chemo administered as an inpatient. Started chemo December 19, 2011. Finished April 26, 2012.
R-CHOP R-ICE ESHAP
Since June 2012 - july induction, August consolidation, Sept. consolidation, december 2012 induction. Stem cell transplant now on hold.
R-CHOP side effects are nausea, fatigue, hair loss, and chronic diarrhea. I lost 15 pounds - no complaints about that! Ativan was very effective in treating the nausea, but made me very sleepy.
4 rounds of R-CHOP in 2011 February 23, 2011 first round on CHOP February 24 Rituxan treatment March 16, 2nd treatment R-CHOP April 6h, 3rd treatment R-CHOP April 27th 4th and last treatment R-CHOP R - Rituximab C - Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) H - Hydroxydaunomycin (Doxorubicin) O - Oncovin (Vincristine) P - Prednisolone
Round 1 1/22/13 Round 2 2/13/13
Started11/15/2012, every 21 days until 03/06/2013. Had neuropathy, vincristine stopped for 2 cycles,better, then resumed 5th cycle. Had some issues with breathing-felt like I had eaten a lot of mints, treatment postponed for a week, got chest x ray, nothing wrong. Was tired with each cycle, but trudged through. Prednisone helped. Lost taste for some foods, but never lost my appetite!
1st Chemo -Rituxan 6/12/13, CHO 6/13/13 with prednisone daily x 5 days, 6/14/13 Neulasta. Foods tasted sweet and had a slight headache but I did good until 5th day and I decreased my antiemetics and had nausea/vomiting and had to get IV fluids. I had some swelling in feet & hands. I worked several days but on the 7th day after neulasta I had back pain and had to take pain pills and a muscle relaxer, then I took Claritin and it did help. I still think I did good for my first chemo. 2nd Chemo- July 3 R-CHOP, July 4- Neulasta. I had swelling the first night in hands & feet. I feel weaker with this one and I'm having breathlessness. I called doctor and had labs but results were okay for chemo. I haven't worked after this one, yet.
Started induction chemo within the first week of November. Integrating it with holistic therapies
Nausea, Diarrhea, Constipation, Fatigue, "Chemo-brain"
January 6 2014 and February 15 2014
RCHOPx6 started on 2/21/14 Some nausa and loss of appetite shortly after infusion, Some numbness in fingers after 4th infusion. Taste buds don't work for a few days after infusion
1991 April to June MAKOP B, 12 months treatment plan administered weekly over 12 weeks, ulcers, nausea, tiredness, loss of nerve sensations in extremities, severe constipation, hair loss (lol)
Dose-Dense AC chemo x4 every 2 weeks, then Taxol x4 every 2 weeks Oct 2009- January 2010
4 rounds of chemotherapy "R-CHOP", every 3 weeks for 12 weeks. 1 round of radiation therapy. Nauseated, feeling like am in a fog. I chew on ice chips prior to and during the administer of Adriamycin (red devil) to prevent mouth sores. So far it works!!!
R CHOP every 3 weeks from 12/30/2013 through 4/28/2014. Began R GEMOX on 6/19/2014 every 3 weeks through 10/21/2014. Started Rituximab and Treanda on 12/3/2014 as a 2 day course. Severe neuropathy in feet and less but still suffered neuropathy in fingers during R CHOP. R GEMOX caused great discomfort with cold even before therapy was complete. One does of Rituximab and Treanda and my father has terrible oral sores. However, he has been fortunate to never have suffered any severe intestinal discomfort.
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!
ABVD Chemo every other Tuesday 12 times.
12/8/14 R+Chop thrush, severe upper and lower abdominal pain, pain in muscles and joints, extreme fatigue, constipation, constant coughing, aspirating fluids into lungs. Gastric Reflux activated to point of juices flying up in throat even while on Omeprazole. Neuropathy-numbness and tingling hands and feet. Tongue is numb and can't taste anything. Hair loss 14 days post chemo. 12/29/14 - Severe Upper and lower abdominal pain, constant coughing, still aspirating fluids into lungs, lost my voice, vocal chords are fire engine red, the gastric reflux is so bad they had to add two more medications to my Omeprazole, Zantac, and Carafate. I have Flu symptoms, congestion, post nasal drip, pain in muscles and bones, numbness and tingling in hands and feet. Can't taste anything. Taste buds come back after 3 weeks. 1/19/15 -R+Chop- continue to have numbness and tingling in hands and feet. I drop things and can't feel things in my fingers. 1/20/14 Neulasta injection - exactly 24 hours after injection. Really sore muscles and joint pain all over. lower abdominal pain, constipation, extreme fatigue, coughing.
(ABVD) Loss of hair, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, Random flushness, metallic taste in mouth, sores inside mouth
Chemotherapy started in September 2011 and continued every three weeks either daily for a week, or a single day dose of VAC - crappy crappy side effects, where do I start......numb finger tips, constipation, hair loss, loss of taste buds, thrush in mouth, lack of concentration, sooooo exhausted after each dose and weeks later. It is very true that the chemo is so much harder than the cancer to deal with.
Induction Theraphy Cytarabine and Doxorubicin for 8 days. I just start my Consolidation theraphy last March 30. Which is Doxorubicin for 1hour and vincristine(push) and cytarabine IT(so painful)
R-CHOP: 4 Rounds: 2/3/15, 2/24/15, 3/17/15, 4/20/15 - Fatigue, Nausea, Vomitting, Dry Skin, Blisters, Mouth Sores, Headaches, Alopecia
R-CHOP Four cycles, three weeks apart. March 26 thru July 7 2015. Minimal thru first stage thus far.
RCHOP chemo Feb 2015-May 2015 (6 rounds).. Plus Neulasta shot the next day each time...Side effects are different for everyone.. Although they all suck, I found this treatment to be bearable with all the drugs they give for side effects...
Started chemo once my pneumonia was under control which took 3 days after I was at the hospital(4/4/10 was start date). While in the hospital for a month getting very strong drugs I didn't have any sick-feeling side effects and ate like a horse. I did however lose a lot of muscle mass and after a bit I was barely able to walk and there were occasions where I passed out for various reasons and wasn't able to get myself back up. But I was on 150mg of prednisone at 7am and 7pm each and every day and the side effects from it were awful and probably the worst part about my hospital experience as it made me feel very strung out, nervous, antsy, you name it. Towards the end I started to feel as if I was starting to lose my mind which was more than likely just a chemo brain effect. However after my primary induction was over at the hospital, side effects became more prevalent doing chemo 5 days a week from May-July of 2010 where I passed out, god very sick, could barely eat, had no energy, was extremely depressed but that put me out of my second phase and into the long part, maintenance. I got to come home for maintenance which wasn't possible for the other treatments due to not having any blood cancer specialists where I live, but my doctor personally knew many of my doctors out of state and was who sent me to the group of doctors that he did. I was almost constantly vomiting, Intense chronic pain in my lower back, legs, shoulders, hands, feet, and various other parts of my body. Now I'm chemo free for two years from 2/26/13 but I still have very bad physical issues as well as PTSD, Depression, General Anxiety and other mental health related issues.
Induction, September 2014, two rounds. I didn't go into remission after the round (7+3 and) had IDA-FLAG (idarubicin, fludarabine, cytarabine and G-CSF. I lost my hair and appetite. Mouth sores are horrible as was the fatigue. I had four rounds of consolidation (November, December 2014, January, February 2015) after this, high dose cytarabine and the side effects are marginal for me, I was really tired and that was a result of low Hgb.
started 10/19/2015 R- EPOCH 6 treatments fatigue
R-CHOP BEGINNING ON 12.21.2015
6cycles of Chemotherapy was planned that is a six montha duration.ABVD doses was induced in every fifteen days through veinflow during the first 3 cycles and later through picc line which was less painful. Side effects of chemo were many starting with gastritis, acidity, nausea, body pain,hair loss,fatigue...but this would be fine within a week after wbc count increases to normal level.
Adriamycin Dec 14/15 on going
AVBD March - October 13 the usual; ESHAP December 14 - January 15 the usual; BEAM 200 March 15 the usual
Perjeta, Herceptin & Taxol (4 rounds over 12 weeks)to start off with then after mastectomy & reconstruction Adriamycin & Cytoxan (4 rounds over 8 weeks)
Hyper CVAD Protocol 6/1/2015-2/7/2016 including spinal chemo X 4
Chemo ABVD for 6 months. Treatment every other week. 4-11-16 first chemo. Tired, constipation, weak knees-falling on steps 4-28-16 second chemo. Tired, extreme fatigue, hair loss started, bad headaches, back of neck pain, blurred vision in one eye, hot feeling inside.
Feb 2015 - July -2015
AIM Chemotherapy, 3 cycles, inpatient in hospital for 5 days each cycle, started on 16th May finished on 1st July. Side effects, hair loss, chronic diarrhea, piles, sore mouth, tiredness.
6 cycles of R-EPOCH
Adriamycin and cytoxin. 11/03 so sick with vomiting till meds were figured out. Lost 50 lbs. Taxol 1/04. Sick Rituxan 5/13 no effects used for platelet issues Taxol 5/16 with experimental drug
Although I am 23, I am receiving the pediatric regimen for ALL. This involves 2 and a half years of chemotherapy. The first 8 months are pretty intensive and then I enter the maintenance phase. Side effects of the chemo have widely ranged throughout different cycles. Extreme fatigue, nausea, headache, joint pain, intestinal issues, mouth sores, and the infamous hair loss.
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ABVD Six months
RCHOP
6 rounds/12 treatments ABVD (Could only find Adriamycin and Vinblastin to list here) over the course of 6 months
Multiple regimens
AC 8 weeks staring 8/10/2017 followed by 12 weeks of Taxol. Nausea on AC. Terrible muscle and bone pain in Taxol.
RCHOP Feb. 3 2018 Hair loss, numbness, fatigue, body pain 7-10days after chemo, lost appetite, insomnia.
Biweekly 4 A/C - from June 11th 2018 until July 2018 - Fatigue, dry mouth, Hair loss, doing quite well thank god 21 weekly Rounds of Taxol scheduled from August until October....
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