• Cryotherapy with Taxol

    Asked by JustForToday on Monday, September 25, 2017

    Cryotherapy with Taxol

    I successfully kept mouth sores at bay while receiving Adriamycin by sucking on ice chips during the Adriamycin infusion process. I am moving on to Taxol. I understand nerve damage in hands and feet is likely with Taxol. I am considering using ice packs under my feet and in my hands during Taxol infusion to try to minimize this issue. Has anyone else done this and found any success?

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    • reporterme's Avatar
      reporterme

      I soaked my fingers and toes in ice during Taxol treatment and a couple times a day or two days afterwards. I think it worked. I've had no issues and I'm almost five years out. Good luck!

      almost 4 years ago
    • charnell's Avatar
      charnell

      I was religious about using ice packs. Still got the neuropathy.

      almost 4 years ago
    • JustForToday's Avatar
      JustForToday

      Thanks reporterme. I had not thought about following up the next few days. Great idea! Thanks also to charnell. Your response keeps me grounded. I won't expect miracles.

      almost 4 years ago
    • joyuss59's Avatar
      joyuss59

      I have been out 5 years now they put my fingers in ice while doing treatment , I wish they had done my feet because I have so much nerve damage good luck

      almost 4 years ago
    • PrettyToes' Avatar
      PrettyToes

      I put my fingers and toes in ice because PA told me taxol can make your nails black & fall off. No problem w nails . Very Slight neuropathy in in left foot toes. Thank goodnes not severe at at all .
      I was miserable from the cold, but would do it again if I needed too. I work in consumer market, and did not want to gross people out w black nails, or no nails.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Sheryl88's Avatar
      Sheryl88

      I didn't do any ice during the Taxol. My nails had small black streaks (only a few). My toenails were fine. As far as neuropathy. I have it, but its mild and tolerable. I am exactly 1 year out from my last chemo treatment.

      almost 4 years ago
    • JustForToday's Avatar
      JustForToday

      Thank you all for your responses. Most appreciated.!

      almost 4 years ago
    • JustForToday's Avatar
      JustForToday

      For those that might research past questions I am adding my current experience. I have had 3 Taxol infusions out of my scheduled 12. I used ice packs under the soles of my feet. I used one ice pack held between the palms of my hands. I would alternate between palms and backs of my hands so as to ice the fingernails, too. I have experienced no foot neuropathy. I have experienced hand neuropathy. Icing hands the day after chemo soothed neuropathy. Icing on following days made neuropathy more painful. Thumbnails on both hands were purple from base up to half way to nail end due to chemo before starting Taxol. Icing is slowing the progression of purple. But not stopping it. Icing is definitely helping me. It is not eliminating neuropathy completely.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Sunshine52's Avatar
      Sunshine52

      I used seal a meal bags of crushed ice. I put 2 sealed bags in a larger bag so nothing leaked. I put ea hand in between ea set of bags. Same thing for feet and placed bags in tupperware oblong container. Its imp to start icing 10 min before taxol and remain in place 10 min after chemo.Had no discoloration or neurapothy. When hands and feet got too cold i simply pulled them out for a few min and then started again. I also detoxed night of treatment by taking an epsom salt bath. In addition i power walked at night as often as i could. Was told to move! So chemo wouldnt settle!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Sunshine52's Avatar
      Sunshine52

      Anti histamines also helped with mouth sores

      almost 4 years ago
    • Lmcholland's Avatar
      Lmcholland

      My chemo nurse gave me a recipe for a vinegar soak. She said it was given to her by a dermatologist. I m going to try it! You mix a 1/2 cup of white or apple cider vinegar with 1 quart of tap water. Directions: Use as compress on clean washcloth to affected area 2-3 times daily. Leave on nails for 15 minutes then remove washcloth and allow to air dry.

      about 3 years ago
    • joyuss59's Avatar
      joyuss59

      They put my fingers in ice while taking the drug had no trouble with finger nails ! Wish they would have used it on my feet maybe I would not have neuropathy

      about 3 years ago
    • charnell's Avatar
      charnell

      Joyuss59 I was religious about the ice packs on both hands and both feet still got bad neuropathy in all 4. Blessings to you

      about 3 years ago

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