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    I have stage1C I am told that my treatments will be 6 and 3 weeks apart taking both Taxoland Carboplatin had one treatment and thought

    Asked by Pap on Monday, November 19, 2018

    I have stage1C I am told that my treatments will be 6 and 3 weeks apart taking both Taxoland Carboplatin had one treatment and thought

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Hi pap, looks like you hit the return button before finishing your thoughts. You can just finish what you were wanting to say here as an answer to your own question. Lots of people here are happy to give you some advice/help.

      25 days ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Hello, I'm an oncology nurse and Carbo/Taxol is the first line for your diagnosis. So you will get 6 cycles of therapy every three weeks. Do you have additional questions?

      25 days ago
    • Pap's Avatar
      Pap

      Yes I have just been so sick with lots of bone pain. Will this get worst with each one? Also some of my fingers on my right hand are going numb..my hair is already falling out is this normal? I have a call into Dr. but was just wondering about other peoples experiences.The good news was my CA 125 tumor marker was 13 when we started this. It’s just so new and scary...Thank you

      25 days ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      These are common issues with this regimen and the neuropathy is from the Taxol. I think your MD's usually give decadron to take the day of chemotherapy...You might ask for extra doses for the two days post chemo to help with the bone aches. Let your doc know about the numbness so that a neuroleptic can be prescribed like neurontin. Best of luck to you.

      25 days ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      Pap, every survivor is different regarding side effects from chemo. Describe your side effects of bone pain and neuropathy to your doctor , he might have to make adjustments to your pre meds, chemo cocktail, or both. My hair started falling out with my second treatment but as I said, everyone is different . .Fatigue is a very common side effect of chemo too. Be sure to stay well hydrated before, during and after your treatments. Chemo side effects are usually cumulative as treatment progresses.

      25 days ago
    • me112865's Avatar
      me112865

      Hey. I started chemo last Monday. The numbness in fingers and feet I was told is normal. Almost like pins and needles. I have the same treatment schedule as you. I was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. It’s a natural feeling to be scared. We all are. To take the edge off of things my doctor prescribed a low dose of anxiety meds for me to take as needed.

      24 days ago
    • Pap's Avatar
      Pap

      Thank you everyone for your kind follow up. It’s so wonderful to have each other.
      I am trying to learn how to use this system. I hope I am putting information in
      The right spots. I will say I have been outside walking starting on the 7th day after
      Chemo and I really thinks it helps. I love in Florida so I have good weather.

      24 days ago
    • Melbirk's Avatar
      Melbirk

      Hi Pap!
      I was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer in July. I have had a total of four rounds of chemo (had surgery after the third round). My bone pain came from the Neulasta shot but was able to control it with Claritin and Advil-I did not take generics per my doctors suggestion.
      My hair started falling out by my second round but I’ve not lost all of my hair. I have chosen to wear my hair proudly and get nothing but support and compliments-I am a very vain person but now is not the time to worry about all that.
      My biggest challenge has been my relationship with food. Everything tastes super salty and meat turns my stomach. I have lost 35 lb but I was overweight and the loss is fine but my eating habits aren’t as healthy as they should be due to the fact that carbs and anything tomato based are the only things I crave.
      Take the time you need to rest and be kind to yourself. Good luck on your journey and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

      24 days ago
    • Pap's Avatar
      Pap

      Yes my problem is food and going to the bathroom every time I eat. I cannot
      Eat meat either. I have been craving sugar which I know is terrible. I eat
      Lots of yogurt and sherbet ice cream...I am drinking this drink called enterade and it’s
      Wonderful...it helps maintain GI Function you can go to their website or order
      From Amazon. A friend who has stage 3 breast cancer drinks two a day for her stomach.

      24 days ago
    • OcSurvivor13's Avatar
      OcSurvivor13

      Hi Pap: for bone pain - ask your oncologist if you can take claritin, it can help. Also, for eating I asked for a dietitian consult and they gave me a lot of help. Some of her tips: eat every 2- 2.5 hours to keep something in your stomach, it can be small and make sure it has some kind of protein (doesn't have to be meat), if things are tasting funny - use different seasonings, lemon juice etc; if tasting metalic - no metal silverware (only plasticware) and no non-stick pots & pans or metal cookware or baking pans. Make sure you keep hydrated too that will help with everything. Talk with your oncologist - they didn't want me eating a ton of sugar but if I was eating & drinking something they were good. I also gained 40+ lbs during and after treatment - this was due to the steroids and being forced into menopause. Hope all treatments are going well.

      24 days ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      You can do this!

      23 days ago
    • Gumpus61's Avatar
      Gumpus61

      Hi Pap......................the effects of the chemo are cumulative, so they get a little worse each time. You will set up a cycle of misery and recovery and that is perfectly normal. As your blood counts are affected you will be warned to avoid others. My wife and I don't agree with that. Wait till you go out the first time in your scarf and get hugged by perfect strangers who want you to know your not alone. You have a good chance of beating this stuff !

      18 days ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Have you talked to your Dr. about pain management. My medical center offered acupuncture, massage, and a medically certified hypnotist we were also sent home with relaxation tapes

      18 days ago
    • macfightsback's Avatar
      macfightsback

      Hi Pap,. I have had chemo twice and both times my oncologist said eat whatever you want. The goal is to maintain a stable weight. Protein is very important, there is protein powder available at most health supplement stores which can be added to smoothies and other food. Neuropathy is a common side effect of chemo. Do let your Oncologist know about it. I had it in both hands and both feet during chemo. It all went away after chemo except in my left foot, the top half. Just numb, no pain, I walk fine. I am glad you are keeping well hydrated. It is very important. Yes I started losing my hair around chemo.# 2. I had my head shaved. My scalp was much less sore afterward. It was too disheartening to watch mouse sized chunks fall out every morning. I felt more in control afterward. You need to do what is right for you. Yes chemo negatively affects your immune system. Any vaccines you have had previously may be eliminated by it and a vaccine during chemo is a waste of your money. Your immune system can not make antibodies yet. So you will have to use your best judgement. You should not be a recluse. That is very depressing. I suggest you bring pocket-sized alcohol hand washing solution with you everywhere..,( I carry mine in my purse even now.). The flu season is coming. Wash your hands often and avoid crowds. Best wishes!

      16 days ago
    • Pap's Avatar
      Pap

      Thank you so much for reaching out to me. I had chemo yesterday and it went ok. My numbers
      We’re good..I am still high from all the drugs but I am sure I will Hit a wall today. They did something
      Very interesting they put my hands in frozen ice mittens and changed them ever half hour for three hours. They said it helps with neuropathy. This was my second chemo. I did shave my head and it feels so much better. I bought a cute Santa Hat and wear it out to walk the dog and if the doorbell
      Rings. I have gotten so many compliments. The two wigs I bought make my head itch so bad. I wrote you back earlier but I do not think it posted so if you get another one oh well...I am trying to get out more but it’s hard. My family babies me and I am trying to tell them I know my limits. I have two grown sons and they are so scared and so I try real hard for them. I know I am very blessed to have stage 1c and I thank God and the Universe ever day. Best wishes and many prayers for all.

      14 days ago

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