• Has anyone been on Toxol..Iwill start it the first week in March. First chemotherapy for me..What were side effects?

    Asked by bccage on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    Has anyone been on Toxol..Iwill start it the first week in March. First chemotherapy for me..What were side effects?

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    • danellsar's Avatar

      My husband is on Taxol and Herceptin. First 2-3 days after chemo he has body aches and soreness, nausea. Sometime feels like he has the flu. By day 4 it's better. Not sure if it's the Taxol or the Herceptin.

      over 8 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      Oh man - taxol seems hugely variable from person to person. I had 12 weeks of weekly taxol, with carboplatin added every third week and an experimental drug daily.

      Overall, I found this stage very manageable. I found days 2-3 to be the most difficult - I just got tired. I didn't really have many of the hard core side effects (joint pain among others) that people talk about. So, for me, I found it manageable, and I didn't miss any work.... I did sleep a bit more.

      The toughest part, to be honest, were the pre-chemo drugs, which caused me to be quite constipated. I found things would just start moving right before the next treatment... Grrrrr.... Then start over. High fiber... anti-constiptation medication... loads of water...

      Second toughest part was that the experimental drug and the carboplatin meant that this stage was harder on my blood counts. I got delayed three times... and it was soooo frustating!

      Well, that's my story.... I wish you minimal side effects with taxol!

      Best wishes,

      over 8 years ago
    • pakb56's Avatar

      Being treated for endometrial cancer and had my first taxol/carbo treatment last week on Feb 15 (next on March7).

      As Lee pointed out, everybody reacts differently. I am sure much depends on dosage, frequency, etc.

      For me, post day 1 was uneventful, day 2 I had some mild queasiness and had some aches, pains. Day 3 add fatigue to that. Day 4 the fatigue was great and I slept quite a bit.

      Day 5 Monday I started feeling better.

      Because we are all different, I would suggest reading the questions and answers and gleening all the information you can so you are prepared for what might come.

      If you have not already done so, join the Cancer Survivors Network, a lot of great support and information.

      Take care,

      over 8 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      I had taxol and carboplatin every 3 weeks for 6 treatments. My side affects were constipation the first few days, about 3 days after my treatments, I was tired for a couple of days. I had some joint pain. My white blood cell count got worse with each treatment. One of the treatments I got very hot a sweaty while they were giving it to me. I also got peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) which got worse with each treatment. By the last treatment it affected half of my feet and I had trouble walking straight sometimes. Now, about a year later I still have peripheral neuropathy in my toes.

      over 8 years ago
    • adelia11's Avatar

      Hi, As LeePen says, taxol is extremely different side effects with everyone. I am on my last one next week. I have had eight total. Then I will go on to 33 rads treatments. Side effects so far, dry mouth, prickly needlelike pain, neck and shoulders, lowback area. Patches of circular rashes on buttocks, one eyebrow, and upper left forehead. Also, recent one below right breast. Got a cream to help.Day or two past taxol tx, will have joint pain in legs, and like all over, but nothing severe. I take pain meds and cymbalta for pain as well. So I guess, I cheat a bit. I have a back disability as well
      Hang in there, it is scary, even for me, and I am considered tough. Not nearly.

      over 8 years ago
    • Rich208's Avatar

      Good day,

      During the course of my treatment, I wanted to learn as much as possible about the treatment I was receiving. I'm still in active treatment but have not had to take Taxol. Here are a few links that may assist you. Hope this information helps.



      God Bless

      over 8 years ago
    • TeriRPH's Avatar


      I found this website with lots of patient comments on Taxol.


      You can look up other drugs too just to get other people's reactions to them.

      Hopefully this helps you out.

      Best Wishes

      over 8 years ago
    • Janice's Avatar

      Have been on taxol for a while. As everyone said, it is different for everyone, and sometimes even different from week to week for me. Taxol is not the worst I have been on. Side effects pass after a few days. Make sure you stay hydrated and eat anything you want, even if it is a little bit at a time. You will be tired. I try not to nap, I would rather sleep thru the night. Just listen to your body. If something is too much, stop doing it. Just keep remembering that it is a good drug.

      over 8 years ago
    • Keephopealive's Avatar

      I had no side effects from Taxol except hair loss. I took it 3x a month for 4 1/2 months. I drove myself, did everything as usual. But then again, it only worked for awhile. The first month, the cancer dropped dramatically but after a couple of months it began rapidly going up again and we stopped it. I am not on adriamyacin and cisplatin.

      I did get a blood clot after don't know if it was chemo or cancer.

      over 8 years ago

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