• Cytoxen and Taxotere...any thoughts or advice?

    Asked by Nanc620 on Sunday, December 16, 2012

    Cytoxen and Taxotere...any thoughts or advice?

    Will be starting (finally) chemo in early January. Onco decided on 6 rounds of Cytoxen and Taxotere. Any advice, comments or thoughts? Goodbye hair...hello New Year!

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    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had TAC chemo...6 rounds, every 3 weeks....my hair started falling out 12 days post 1st chemo....My hair was thick, coarse and long....my gf cut it chin length, then two weeks later cut it short, short...just in time as the next day it started to go.....
      Take any and all the pre-meds they Rx for you....drink lots and lots and lots of water...listen to your body....rest when you need to...eat what you enjoy....

      over 5 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Go wig shopping as soon as you can while you still have your own hair, assuming you want to match its color and style. Once you start the chemo report any and all side effects to your oncology office so they can help you manage them. Drinking lots of water, as Karen suggests, is a good idea.

      over 5 years ago
    • Bibs' Avatar

      I also had TAC chemo - 6 rounds every 3 weeks - hair started coming out after 2nd treatment - my oncologist gave me great meds for nausea and they worked great - also advise to drink lots of water it does help - I lost 20 lbs during chemo because I just could not eat very much - food all tasted metallic - I could eat carbs and ate a lot of those during treatment - do as much as you can - I continued to work as much as possible during treatment - was harder closer to the end of treatment since effects were cumulative...

      over 5 years ago
    • Bibs' Avatar

      I also had TAC - 6 rounds every 3 weeks - began losing hair after 2nd treatment - oncologist gave me great meds for nausea - worked - drink lots of water - I lost 20 lbs during treatment - food tasted metallic and could not eat much - carbs were good and I ate a lot of those - I continued to work - got harder toward the end since effects were cummulative...

      over 5 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I started Chemo last January. My friends on this site provided advice and hints that made my journey so much more comfortable -- Biotene for dry mouth, Ora Jel rinse for throat sores, Saline Spray for nose, etc. -- most appreciated was taking Claritin (not Claritin D) before Neulesta shot to avoid bone pain (it worked for me). I posted details of my Journey including my chemo sessions on my wall. Taking some time to read them might uncover a hint that could help you. I wish you the very best. Keep us updated.

      over 5 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      As scary as the first one may be, the actual chemo day was not a bad day for me. When I arrived at the cancer center on Wednesday, the first thing I had done was to get my blood drawn from my port. If you have a port, then EMLA cream can really help numb any pain from accessing your port. You slather it on an hour before your appointment. I would bring a book, music, a video and other things to do for during the infusion time. When I had the Taxotere I slept because I was given Benedryl. Food was available at the infusion room. After chemo, I would see my oncologist and he would go over my labs and check me out.

      My chemo center is an hour and a half away from where I live in rural Idaho. So after chemo I would often go do something fun in town. The steroids used to help prevent nausea during the session would have me up and running!

      Late Thursday or early Friday I would get a Neulasta shot to help build my white blood cell count back up. By late Friday and over the weekend I would be feeling pretty raggedy and those were stay in bed days for me. By Monday, I felt well enough to go back to work.

      As for hair, there was a wig room at my chemo center and I tried a number of wigs once I lost my hair. I was much more comfortable wearing hats and scarves and found different ways of tying scarves on the internet. Having a nice soft hat to wear at night is important - it is surprising how cold your head gets when it is bald!

      Chemo is a long process and not much fun, but you can get through it! And you will love your chemo nurses.

      over 5 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      I was on the same regimen. Two weeks after my first treatment, I went to a salon and had my head shaved to about 1/4 in. length; within a week I was bald. I wasn't bothered by it; more concerning to me was losing my eyebrows and eyelashes. The American Cancer Society offers seminars on how to use makeup and scarves during chemo. It was wonderful to spend an afternoon with women in my situation and we received several hundred dollars worth of donated cosmetics (expensive brands I would have never considered buying myself) and I practiced how to create eyebrows, in the event I lost mine. Do pay attention to your body and report any side effects; unfortunately I experienced many but got through them all with help from the wonderful staff at the onc clinic. Six treatments...you can do it!

      over 5 years ago
    • carolchristao's Avatar

      For now, I took 2 cycles of Taxotere. Hair started falling on the 15th day. I have lots of diarrhea, no matter what I eat, so I needed to take meds for that. Some days I feel so weak I could sleep all day, but I feel fine most of the time, except for the diarrhea.
      Before started chemo, I was afraid I would start feeling bad while still at the hospital. It just started 3 days before.
      One day I was eating strawberry jelly (which I always loved) and I felt a strong nausea. It was the only day. Just for remembering it I feel bad. I guess I will never eat it again.
      My doctor recommended a catheter, he said it is better for future sessions of chemo. It is under my skin, on the left side, between my breast and my neck (my sick breast is the right one).

      over 5 years ago
    • barbaraanne's Avatar

      Just finished my 1st chemo session on 12/6, had CA-TA, scheduled for 4 rounds, possible 5th. Felt fine during session, I drank lots of water, also half way thru I had half a turkey sandwich. They'll give you benadryl & Xanax to take. The meds they give you to take pre-session help w/energy, which you'll have for about 3 days. Be sure to take the anit-nausea pills, they must work, I was not nausea at all. I have a regular appetite. Had the Neulasta shot the day after, be sure to take the clairtin, he really helps, I continued to take it for several days. I got hit really hard w/pain on my 6th day, severe lower back pain, took vicoden for a few days it helped. Also my mouth started to get sore, white & red on the tongue, metal taste, I used biotene rinse, and the next day it was good. A little taste lost here & there, nothing major. Now believe it or not I just finished a light workout. But I am waiting for my hair to fall out, it feels so weird..I just hope it starts when i am home. I am scheduled for some blood work tomorrow, after that I signed up for the Look Good, Feel better class. For my next treatment I will be sure to take preventive steps and take the pain meds ahead of time...and I must stress to drink tons of water, I've been doing that from the get go. The only other problem was constipation, if you get constipated take senna pills also after treatments, it worked for me after 3 days, lots of apple juice.

      Best of luck to you, you will probably have a few rough days, but you will get thru them...Just take it easy. :)

      over 5 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Remember hair grows back! I am 2 years out of chemo & radiation. One thing no one mentions is that chemo can cause constipation, so be prepared for that. Also the fatigue from chemo was my worst symptom, so expect that and rest as your body says to. I hated things on my head, but I didn't mind soft flannel beanies, even for sleeping. Drink your fluids, eat what you can tolerate & use this time to relax & sleep as you can. It will all be over one day & you will join us Survivors. There are a lot of us!

      over 5 years ago
    • jad's Avatar

      I think everyone's experience is different. My onc provided me with this handout which she must have thought was good because as far as I know, she has no association with Chattanooga Oncology & Hematology where this comes from. I hope you can access it.

      Try www.cohaonline.com. Go to patient info and click on the third (sort of blank box) and the alphabetical listing of TC comes up - from which you can get the pdf. Note this is TC, which is different from TAC that some people have.

      In addition to all this stuff I am having computer issues since son just "upgraded" me. As my grandson says, "change is not good". So I'm not able to find the copy I saved so I could forward to people.

      over 5 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      I think WARM SOFT hats are wonderful... I also had chemo during the cold months, which I think made it easier... I wore hats - fun hats - plain hats - hats hats hats.

      Also, consider adding GLUTAMINE powder to your supplement list.
      10 g powder swirled in a cup of water - three times per day for the first few days after each treatment.
      This helps reduce side effects - the big one to worry about is neuropathy. Glutamine has actually been tested in clinical trial and has been shown to reduce side effects... I used it all through my treatments, and I feel confident saying that it was a GOOD THING!

      So, check with your health care team... But this is one definitely to consider adding to your regimen.

      And - good luck... I hope it goes smoothly for you....


      over 5 years ago
    • Loafer's Avatar

      Enjoy your holidays before treatment starts. Get your teeth cleaned professionally and begin using the biotene toothpaste - eliminates mouth sours. Chemo is cumulative and the side effects by person and treatment varies. Listen to your body, rest when you need to, and take all prescribed meds. The best advise I received was drink plenty of water - this can't be emphasized enough. Hugs to you!!

      over 5 years ago
    • Nanc620's Avatar

      Thanks to everyone for your thoughtful and caring responses...I'm in the waiting mode and I don't do well with it. Trying to focus on having a wonderful Christmas and remembering to count my blessings.

      You are...each and every one of you in my constant prayers.

      over 5 years ago
    • jad's Avatar

      Saw this on various posts here - and my oncologist recommended, too. In addition to (tyelonol) if you are using it) try one Claritin per day. Plain old regular Claritin - not Claritin D. It's OTC.
      I am on TC therapt for breast cancer - so side effects may be different. ?

      over 5 years ago
    • Sherber's Avatar

      I am in middle of TC with teenagers and hubby. Hair, get a free wig from Amer. cancer society. Hair, count on wearing wig by 2nd treatment. I still have eyelashes and some brows. Yes, do listen to dr's. and take meds. Assume for the first week after chemo you need all vitamins and meds to function. Beware of their effects with driving. Drink water and walk...Neulasta bone pain with claratin/zyrtec and advil, ask doc. Saline spray for nose when gets dry. It is like a full time job managing meds and appts. Journal your experience to look back on what you did when so you can prepare for next time. Let friends, family and neighbors help you, apply for all "help" you can through ACS. I wish you blessings through this journey...

      over 5 years ago

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