• Less energy as chemo goes on?

    Asked by oceanblue24 on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    Less energy as chemo goes on?

    I'm half way through my chemo & I'm finding I have less energy & a lower positive attitude then when I started. My blood work has always been very good so I don't think it's that. I was on AC by-weekly for 4 treatments & now I'm on the 7th of 12 Taxol treatments. Does our body accumulate & retain more chemo as we go along? I just need to get out of this funk I'm in. Any suggestions?

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    • workit's Avatar

      Thanks for posting your exercise experiences leepenn, quite an integrative exercise approach you did!

      My last post, unless someone has anything specific to ask, is this link to another Oncology Times article:

      Cancer-Related Fatigue: Exercise Remains Best Prevention and Treatment


      If you haven't waded through the pervious article links, or found them too technical, this one is much shorter, is an easy read, and covers most of the topics mentioned thus far.

      Regarding oncologists and exercise, unfortunately, most are not well informed. Worse yet, they are not reimbursed to prescribe or discuss exercise with us, it is considered an non-reimbruseable procedure. I've talking extensivley with a retired oncologist about this, and my own oncologist readily admits that he knows little about exercise. Oncologists are running businesses, and they specialize, that is why I refer to exercise recommendations from oncologists and cancer researchers who specialize in exercise and oncology.

      A quick and full recovery to you oceanblue24, however you may choose to approach it!

      about 9 years ago
    • ToughEnough's Avatar

      I had the very same experience and I use to call Taxol the Devil drug. Without the energy and nothing any longer feeling normal as you knew it the positive attitude does tend to fade. Unfortunately for me I was falling into a serious depression, isolating and my Dr. finally told me if I didn't do whatever I could to think positive, I was going to end up regressing my recovery. I know everyone says it, but it is so true. Mind over matter is truly strong and a positive attitude makes a INCREDIBLE differnce.
      You have a great support system here to keep you positive. Keep using it.

      about 9 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar


      I just wanted to let you know that your question helped inspire an article on the site about battling fatigue after chemotherapy. Perhaps you will enjoy reading it. Please comment below the article if you have any other suggestions for WhatNexters!


      Best of luck!

      over 7 years ago

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