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    Can anyone brief me on managing type 2 diabetes while taking carboplatin and taxol?

    Asked by Ivy on Sunday, April 1, 2012

    Can anyone brief me on managing type 2 diabetes while taking carboplatin and taxol?

    Currently i have no problem managing with correct diet and a low dose of metformin. I'm worried about effects of the steroids and chemotherapy. Any info would be appreciated.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Your oncologist certainly can. I had both carboplatin and and taxetore (very similar to taxol). While I am not diabetic, neither one caused any instability in my blood sugar levels. However, the opposite may not be true. I don't know what affect metformin might have on your chemo, so you definitely need to let your oncologist know you are taking it as well as any other medications and supplements.

      about 5 years ago
    • TomLand's Avatar
      TomLand (Best Answer!)

      Ivy,

      I have been type 2 diabetic for about 15 years prior to diagnosis. While I am on chemo, it is different (Gemzar for pancreatic cancer) than yours. What may be similar is that they administer anti-nausea medications just prior to the Gemzar. That is high in steroids and they really jack up my blood sugar levels for a couple of days after chemo. With 2 tumors on my pancreas my diabetes Doc cut me off all meds such as metformin and I now control with Humalog and Lantus only, both injectable. After chemo it may take 100 units of Humalog for a couple of days. Other than that it is now rarely over 45 units daily.

      I would strongly recommend you talk with your Doc that has always taken care of your diabetes, ask them to consult with the Oncologist and then recommend to you the best course of action. That has worked well for me. Remember that diabetes is a major disease on its' own, now you combine it with treatment for another major disease. Each needs its own specialized Doc.

      about 5 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar
      Ivy

      Thanks to you both for answering. I'm just in the beginning stages of this, and my oncologist hasn't yet weighed in. I'll definitely push him harder for more answers.

      about 5 years ago
    • hilary's Avatar
      hilary

      Like TomLand, Dad is pancreatic cancer patient. So much fun to figure out the numbers when part of your pancreas was cut out... switching from novolog/lantus (injections) to januvia/glimepiride (pills)... crazy time. Dad has been taking Januvia and Glimepiride during Gemzar chemo treatments. His endocrinologist and oncologist are both Mayo Drs...and in tune with all he had going on, including radiation during some of that time. He continued his meds all the way through... unless he was irritable and just didn't want to take them. We were more concerned with weight loss related to high blood sugar, but ultimately decided - whatever Dad wants to eat, LET HIM EAT! Blood sugar can be balanced after this is behind us...

      about 5 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar
      Ivy

      I really appreciate your kindness in taking time for a detailed response. Every situation will, of course, be different, but your answer helps me know what to expect and how to ask if it isn't offered upfront by my doctors.

      about 5 years ago
    • FernandoRidley's Avatar
      FernandoRidley

      Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that causes high level of sugar in the blood. It affects the way our body metabolizes glucose which is the main source of fuel in body. There is no cure for type 2 diabetes, but you can manage it through changing lifestyle, eating healthy and by using tools described here http://bismarcktribune.com/news/opinion/mailbag/tools-needed-to-help-manage-diabetes/article_81f61250-ff70-11e0-b9f6-001cc4c002e0.html. These factors are enough to manage blood sugar level.

      over 1 year ago

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