• Side effects

    Asked by Texasgirl on Friday, August 17, 2018

    Side effects

    Has anyone experienced side effects from Carbo/Doxil.
    Hair loss? Heard hair loss could be minimal?

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Apologies but I dont remember the names of the drug cocktail with which I was infused.

      I think it depends, in part, on how many infusions are in the protocol.

      My hair thinned but it did not go away. I am a natural curly top so I, of course, wondered if it would straighten. Lol. No such luck. It just got all horribly frizzy.

      The volunteers gave me a wonderful handmade hat which I actually loved so much that I wore it for many years before the cotton material began to shred.

      Ask about something called a "cold cap" to prevent hair loss.

      Best wishes.

      3 months ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      @Texasgirl,
      I am an oncology RN and although cargo might make you lose hair, Doxil will not. Doxil will cause neuropathy to the hands and feet and it is cardiotoxic but I am sure they will check your ejection fraction prior to starting the Doxil. Best of luck to you.

      3 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Hi Texasgirl, I have lung cancer, but I was infused with carboplatin. I totally prepared to lose my hair, bought a wig, the whole 9 yards ... and then I didn't my hair. My doctor seemed pretty surprised that I didn't, but I have known quite a few people who kept their hair through carboplatin treatments.

      Now, I didn't lose it, but it got really ugly. I have fine thin hair anyway. It started looking like I had gotten a terrible permanent that had burned it. It took a lot of haircuts before I got rid of the frizz. So, I had hair, but it was definitely not my crowning glory.

      3 months ago
    • Lauraandmary's Avatar
      Lauraandmary

      Mom experienced hair loss with carbloplatin.

      3 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      The culprit during chemo and losing hair in that particular cocktail is the Taxol. Many women experience some form of hair loss with it. My hair fell out in small clumps. For awhile I wore a cap on my head at night so I wouldn’t get hair all over the bedding. Finally while visiting my daughter’s family during the holidays,I had my son in- law shave my head. Response to hair loss is very individualized. I fought having to lose my hair but realized it was a losing battle, my hair became so thin. Prior to the shaving I went to the bathroom and looked at myself in the mirror and cried. For me, losing my hair, was one more thing Cancer was taking from me, another loss from who I was. The surprise ? Once I had my head shaved, I felt a weight lifted. It was really a very freeing experience for me. I had always occasionally worn hats, now I just added to my collection and wore them more often, There is no right or wrong however you deal with your hair thinning. Shave, do not shave. Some wear a cold cap and I have read this is a help to stem hair loss. Those who do or do not shave their heads wear hats and colorful scarves or go au natural. Just know that your hair after chemo will most likely grow back as good or better than before. My hair was quite curly at first, I really enjoyed that.

      3 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I was on Taxol/Carboplatin. And yeah, I lost my hair. I think the stylist was more upset than I was. I had hair halfway down my back. Decided to get it cut short before surgery -- the stylist was in tears. About 18 days after my first chemo, I could deal w/the constant shedding, so I went just into one of those walk-in places -- she wouldn't buzz me completely. And I did keep peach fuzz the entire time. Dumped the hats about 3 months after I completed chemo. I really thought I'd be upset about it, but I was much more stoic than I could ever imagine.

      3 months ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      I had Carboplatin and Doxil my first time through chemo and lost my hair. After a two year remission, I relapsed.Then a clinical trial with Olaparib (Lynparza) let me keep my hair.

      Then I did Carboplatin with Doxil and had very minor thinning but no real hair loss.

      3 months ago
    • Julia468's Avatar
      Julia468

      I lost my hair, about 90% anyway. When I was first diagnosed I was really upset about losing my hair. For me, I realized losing my hair while saving my life wouldn't be a bad trade. Plus I had always wondered how a bad head in the summer would feel. My daughter cried herself to sleep the night I buzz cut the last 10%. The change was very hard for her.

      3 months ago

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