• Chemotherapy

    Asked by Lcho on Tuesday, March 28, 2017


    Does the side effects from the chemotherapy get worse as the cycles go on?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      For me, they didn't get any worse, but the side effects that piled up made me weaker, so it seemed like they were worse. In reality, I was taking the treatments themselves a little better, I knew what to expect and the doctors got me dialed in a little better for what to expect and the nausea wasn't as bad.

      over 2 years ago
    • Ashera's Avatar

      Everyone is different - as is their response to the different chemo agents. I felt pretty ok the first couple of rounds - of course I also had pretty immediate oral thrush and skin issues - but by the 3-6 rounds - I started experience neuropathy in my feet, peeling skin on hands and feet and severe nail issues - all attributed to Taxotere and Carboplantin. Lost my hair on the 10th day of chemo - I was on a very strong dose. Also took Herceptin and Perjeta. Also had chemo-diarrhea the entire time and for months after. Will you get any or all of these? Probably not - but in answer to your question - it is cumulative as Barry said - and it's all different.

      over 2 years ago
    • webbsahar's Avatar

      My friend did get worse.He is still in the middle having had 4 cycles of epirubicin and just switched to CMF for another 4 cycles.
      The epi cycles got worse as I went along. Not so much with new SEs but with the pigswill brain and chemo mouth lasting longer each time. But managed to carry on with part time work etc.
      However with the CMF I am feeling better - but it's early days.
      I think the worst thing is the ridiculous timescale. He started chemo in June and won't finish till Christmas. That's a big chunk out of normal life. I'm really envious of the others on the BC site who seem to just have a couple of months.

      over 2 years ago

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