Chemotherapy - MaryMoo

Drug or Chemo Therapy Associated with Breast Cancer. Posted on September 9, 2012 View this journey (5 Experiences)

Chemo was not easy but I thank the patients who have gone before me as they have helped the doctors really reduce the nausea effects. I did 4 treatments of A/C (each 4 weeks apart), followed by 12 weekly treatments of Taxol. The day after each A/C treatment, I was confined to bed. Thanks to the steroids, each day slowly got better so that about 7 days afterwards, I was pretty much back to normal, work-wise and around the house. I had very little anemia. By the 28th day (again, thanks to the steroids), I was feeling great! And then it was time for another treatment. Taxol was much easier on me. I would feel crappy that afternoon and then after I had a bowel movement (no pun intended), I felt good again. During Taxol, I even went skiing on Spring Break with my daughter. My goodness, did it feel good to be on the ski slopes. If I had known how good skiing would make me feel, I would have moved home to my mom's house in Colorado to have my chemo - seriously! My advice is to find something physical that you love to do and DO it! Of course, like most folks, my hair fell out. I was ready for that. I was NOT ready to lose my eyebrows and eyelashes. That was a bit tougher than I thought it would be. My white blood count fell pretty low after the first treatment, so they gave me a shot with each A/C treatment after that. The shot cost insurance $7000. From the insurance company's point of view, this is a bargain if it keeps you from getting a bad infection and going to the hospital. However, it sure felt like price gouging to me and I felt very bad for patients who did not have access to this drug. I think the drug company has more than made their money back on this medicine and they should consider a more reasonable price.

Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree

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