• Has anyone taken the chemotherapy drug taxol

    Asked by lindaglover920 on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Has anyone taken the chemotherapy drug taxol

    just finished 4 rounds of AC, will begin taxol on 9/11. what side effects did you experience from taxol. I am told the body tolerates taxol better than the AC. thank you for anyone that can share their experiences. All my warriors stay strong, keep faith and God bless.

    16 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      There are several on the site that have taken Taxol, I remember them talking about it, someone will see your question and offer some experience information soon.

      10 months ago
    • JustForToday's Avatar
      JustForToday

      I had 4 rounds of AC followed by 12 of Taxol. AC took longer for infusion due to infusing anti nausea meds and extra hydration before starting the AC itself. I received Benedryl infusion before each Taxol. The Benedryl made me feel woozy the rest of the day. Possibility of neuropathy is higher with Taxol than AC. I used ice packs for hands and feet while the Taxol was infused. I was one of the lucky ones that found this helpful in keeping the neuropathy at bay. Lost hair due to the AC. My hair started growing back while on Taxol. In general, the AC was more intense than the Taxol. The three months of Taxol seemed less intense than the two months of AC. It was all worth it to me. I received chemo, had surgery and then finished radiation in April. I am still "dancing with NED". Best of luck to you.

      10 months ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      AC = ?

      I had my first chemo in 2013 consisting of Carboplatin and Taxol. Horrible side effects. After 18 weeks of dose dense weekly chemo rounds and surgery, I was given Taxol only as a maintenance chemo for another six months. The side effects were much easier to tolerate and my hair started growing in a bit. I had some pretty bad body aches as time went by. I also felt my fatigue was worsening. I did end up with some peripheral neuropathy in both hands and feet from the Taxol.

      Are there any specific side effects you're wondering about?

      10 months ago
    • lujos' Avatar
      lujos

      I had exactly the same regime as you, 4 of AC, 12 weekly Taxol. My hair started to grow back during Taxol, which was nice! I did have side effects, very watery eyes, and neuropathy in both legs below the knees - 3 years post treatment, I still have some issues with that.

      For me, the worst part was that it seemed a bit never ending, 12 weeks of infusions every week seemed almost too much to bear, for some odd reason! I did finish though, of course.

      Good luck - certainly easier than the AC for me, hopefully for you, too.

      10 months ago
    • Stayingstrong's Avatar
      Stayingstrong

      Hi I had a much easier time with taxol than ac. Much easier to tolerate. I also used ice packs on my hands and feet to keep the neuropathy at bay but my hair did not start to grow back while on it. You are half way through and survived the worst of the side effects. Now concentrate on staying strong and seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. Best of luck to you!

      10 months ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar
      lynn1950 (Best Answer!)

      Hi. Taxol was easier than A/C for me as well. Instead of Neulasta, I self-administered Neupogen, to build up my WBC. My hair did not grow back until after all chemo was complete and I did experience some neuropathy. Also my toenails and fingernails got funky during Taxol treatment. Ten years later, it's all a distant memory. It was worth it.

      10 months ago
    • suz55's Avatar
      suz55

      I also found the taxol easier than AC. I did have an itchy rash reaction to it on my legs, arms, and abdomen, however, which required a steroid pack after the first infusion and increased benadryl infusions before each of the remaining treatments. I also took oral benadryl at home per my doctor's advice and used hydrocortisone cream liberally to combat the itch. It caused a chemo rash around my nose and mouth too! The increased benadryl made me feel like I'd been to happy hour each infusion! The other side effect that was a little odd was that I lost the sweet/salty taste for the middle 3 or 4 days each week. But for the most part, I could carry on with most things almost like normal. Minor neuropathy. I hope yours goes really smoothly! Just be sure to continue to stay in touch with your doctor if any discomfort sets in between your weekly appointments. Best wishes! You're almost done!!!

      10 months ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      What the heck is AC? There are TOO many acronyms and not everyone gets the same chemo. Please don’t use an acronym unless you explain it.

      10 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I did Taxol in combination w/Carboplatin. Different cancer. The one thing no one mentioned is Taxol leaks. It doesn't happen often, but it did to me. I had a huge chemical burn on my arm, near the IV site. If you have a port, there should be no worries.

      10 months ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      AC is Adriamycin and Cyclophosphamide. All I know is that AC is what everyone called "red death". I had AC chemo followed by Taxol as well because this is pretty standard for breast cancer patients. I know we use acronyms but it's pretty hard to type out all these medical terms and drug names.

      I found Taxol much easier to tolerate and my hair also started growing back. I did get neuropathy in my feet and hands that still bothers me after three years.

      10 months ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar
      lynn1950

      @kalindria, AC is a combo of adriamycin and cytoxin.

      10 months ago
    • lujos' Avatar
      lujos

      “Cytoxan” is the trade name for cyclophosphamide, which is what the “c” is short for. The “Red Devil” is the “a” part (adriamycin), called so because it turns your urine red. I agree, the acronyms are confusing, but I find the drug names sooooo long to write!

      10 months ago
    • Rustysmom's Avatar
      Rustysmom

      I had a dose dense protocol of 4 AC then 4 Taxol every two weeks. Taxol was definitely easier. My Oncologist had me taking steroids while on Taxol, which helped me tolerate it better, I think. I also got the Benadryl infusion prior to the Taxol, which pretty much knocked me out. So I got a lot of naps while on that. My hair didn't start growing out until after I was done with all the chemo. Hope it goes easy for you!

      10 months ago
    • Carol1286's Avatar
      Carol1286

      I had 4 AC, followed by 12 Taxol. Taxol was easier. I wasn't as tired. However, I did develop peripheral neuropathy in my hands and feet. The feet were the worst. Very painful. The neuropathy lasted well over a year. I told Lyrica for it, which helped.

      10 months ago
    • bruinjt's Avatar
      bruinjt

      I must be the only one who had the 12 rounds of Taxol FIRST, and then 4 AC. I had my second round of AC today. (Just got home from my son't Back to School Night. Ready to take a shower and go to bed!)
      The Taxol was fairly easy, but two nails (quite appropriately, the two middle fingers) turned yellow and started oozing like they're going to fall off. My oncologist told me to soak them in Hydrogen Peroxide and water which I just started - I'd like to keep them if possible.

      10 months ago
    • Read's Avatar
      Read

      I went through a trial and had TDM1, Perjeta & Herceptin. Then I started Taxol and continued it with Herceptin. My side effects were neuropathy in my fingers and toes during treatment, luckily only a little tingling is left. My hair did not start to fall out until the 11th treatment, then stopped, I never lost all of my hair only about 1/4 of it.

      10 months ago

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