I had a different chemo cocktail....TAC x 6 every three weeks.... My recommendations are to take any and all pre-meds they Rx for you.....drink water and more water.....take any anti-nausea meds...eat what you enjoy...listen to your body and rest when you need to.....There is no standard set of side effects to the same chemo regimine....the side effects vary with person.....My hair started to fall out day 12 post chemo #1...I worked full time during Tx...I had chemo on Thursday and generally went to work on Monday...Wishing you an easy time with few side effects
Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma Questions
FEC and Taxotere Chemo, what to expect?
Asked by HearMeRoar on Thursday, February 28, 2013
FEC and Taxotere Chemo, what to expect?
I start chemo a week from tomorrow. 1 dose every three weeks. 3 of FEC then 3 of Taxotere. Did anyone else have this regimine? What can I expect?
5 Answers from the Community
I had six treatments of cytoxan and taxotere every three weeks. Thankfully, my cell counts were good and, although anemic, I was able to stay on schedule. Drinking lots of fluids is good advice. You will "feel" your way through this process as all of us are a little different in our tolerances. I experienced lots of side effects but my chemo nurses were fabulous in helping me deal with them all. My oncologist gve me a list of possible side effects and remedies to possibly anticipate, so I felt ready, just in case. You will have some down days when you are very tired but hopefully, you will tolerate the drugs while they are doing their work, and get through this. Just remember there are no stupid questions, so always ask whatever is on your mind when you are in the chemo room. Other patients and their caregivers are usually happy to share their experiences; just hearing what others had to say helped me immensely. Good luck!
I had a problem with taxotere. I learned to take my pain meds and that made a huge difference. Don't put off taking them. When you feel bad take them. That was my biggest mistake starting off. Once you get the rythem, you wont have a problem. The nurses realy did help and made things easier. Pre meds and lots of water helps too.
I had exactly that chemo and just finished January 31. They also gave me what they called "pre-loads" or an infusion to help me tolerate the chemo without nausea and side effects. It included things like steroids, (dexamethasone) and Benedryl, and a few other things whose names I don't remember! For the first three treatments, I was a little "high" or hyper from the steroids and did not sleep much the first couple of days. Then on the third day, I would get very fatigued. My legs felt so heavy and I would feel like I was dragging myself through the grocery store! But the fatigue would gradually subside over the the next few days, and by the second and third week I felt quite normal. For the last three treatments, Taxotere, I did not get the sudden fatigue on the third day. I was a little more tired for the first week, but it was more even and not a specific crash on the third day. I also had Herceptin each time because I am HER2 +3. A friend who had been through this had said to me to stay hydrated. Also, from the site chemocare.com, the nurse gave me a print out for each of the chemo drugs. The printouts all advised to drink 2-3 quarts of water every day while on the chemo. I keep a little post it note on the kitchen counter and put tally marks for every 8 ounces of water I drink. I do think that keeping up the water and also trying to walk 30 minutes a day whenever I could really helped me the most through the chemo. I never really got the possible flu-like symptoms or got nauseous. And I think keeping up with just a steady little dose of exercise was very beneficial. I will also share that I just had my surgery on Monday (my chemo was neo-adjuvant, before the surgery), and I got a great report yesterday that my chemo worked great and no live cancer cells were left in either my breast or lymph nodes under the arm. They could see where the cancer WAS, but it was all dead now...called a "complete response to treatment!" So, I wish you absolutely the best as you start this chemo and I totally hope this chemo cocktail can work as well for you!! If you want to contact me directly with specific questions, feel free to do so. I am kind of new at navigating around this site, so I am not sure how to do that, but feel free to do so if it can be done!! Good luck as you start the chemo!!!
I did not have the FEC, I had the taxotere along with cytoxan. The website www.chemocare.com
that someone else here mentioned was the source of the printouts my oncologist gave me, so I'd say it was a reliable site.
I was not able to exercise daily, but did as much as I could. I did have the flu-like symptoms, mostly on days 6,7,& 8. Also, I had some bone pain even though I dosed up with Claritin as recommended. Tyelenol helped too. Water is important. I kept a tally sheet (still doing that for the Radiation therapy... just because). Or you might set out at least 4 16 oz bottles of water, and keep track that way. I dealt with palmar-plantar syndrome, and the peripheral neuropathy. PN in my feet effected my walking. My blood counts throughout were very good.
Everyone is different. Could be in my case age was a factor in side-effects. I don't know. In any case, the first was the scariest because I was dealing with unknowns. The side effects were all tolerable and I was never badly incapacitated. I work only part time, and was able to do that. I am about 6 weeks out from my last chemo and the side effects seem to be fading away. And my fingernails are improving - they turned sort of orangey - and that's growing out now.
I hope your journey is an easy one.
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