• Started Taxol on Wednesday- Wondering what side effects people have had.

    Asked by camarczak on Sunday, September 23, 2012

    Started Taxol on Wednesday- Wondering what side effects people have had.

    Finished my first round of chemo A/C with some side effects. Then a week of fevers for no apparent reason. 2 Emergency room visits and a doctors visit, multiple blood work, xrays etc Never figured it out but now on to round 2 Taxol. Getting nervous about Taxol side effects.

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    • ljb23's Avatar

      I had the Taxol/Herceptin regiment every other week from January through April and found it to be WAY easier than the A/C regiment. I only got a bit achy and lethargic about 2/3 days after the treatment. But I found it soooo much easier. I still have Herceptin infusions every 3 weeks until January, but have not experienced any side effects from them.
      I hope this helps.

      over 8 years ago
    • teddyfuzz's Avatar

      Taxol mostly made my joints achy for a few days but the rest of the side effects kind of came and went. The first round gave me an itchy b-u-t-t. The second round gave me a fever. After that it just made me tired. Hang in there! Chemo is no fun but you will get through it!!

      over 8 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      First few days after being treated with Taxol and Carboplatin, I had very few side affects except for constipation. During one chemo treatment I had a lot of hot flashes. After 2 or 3 days I had fatigue which lasted a few days. About 2 weeks after my first chemo treatment, my hair started falling out. I did not need to shave my legs or underarms until several months after my treatments were over. My white blood cell count went lower after each chemo treatment. I got a urinary tract infection. I also had problems with peripheral neuropathy that got worse with each treatment. It mainly affected my feet but my fingers and sometimes my lips tingled. I periodically had some random aches and pains especially in my joints.

      over 8 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I'm new to Taxol as well. I just had my first dose combined with Cisplatin. I did start experiencing neuropathy and muscle aches. I had two bad days but things have gotten better since.

      over 8 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      I started on Taxol. After 3 weeks my cancer markers were knocked way back. My liver function went up. I had treatment on Mondays, tuesday and wednesday were fine. Thursday was always achy and tired. I did get neuropathy in my toes which I still have. It started to go to my fingers when I was taken off taxol and put on a new chemo. The neuropathy has stopped progressing but I have more "bad days" than I did from the Taxol.

      over 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I started losing my hair about 3-4 weeks after starting Taxol and avastin to treat by breast & renal cell cancers. I was also very very tired and cranky for about 3 days starting 24 hours after my infusions finished. Taxol is not as toxic as carboplaitin, which i am currently on, Good luck with your treatments.

      over 8 years ago
    • LisaSoccerMom's Avatar

      I was running fevers after completing my A/C and was just starting my Taxol. I would have a treatment on Monday, fevers would start Wednesday night and last through Sunday night. Was able to control them with tylenol. What my doctor found out that was causing it was one of my anti-nausea iv meds they were giving me. I was okay taking the Bendryl with no side effects so the just discontinued the other med and left me with just doing the Benadryl before the Taxol and I was fine.

      over 8 years ago
    • LisaSoccerMom's Avatar

      I had constipation and brittle and loose finger nails and toe nails. I had just finished my A/C treatment and was about to start my taxol treatments when I developed fevers. It ended up being a my anti-nausea IV med they were giving me. They discountined that and fevers went away. I did my taxol treatments with just the Bendadryl and I was fine. No nausea.

      over 8 years ago
    • warrior's Avatar

      I don't mean to scare you...I just WISH someone would have prepared me. I had terrible bone pain with the Taxol. It would come two days after I took the treatment and last 2-3 days. The doctor and nurses told me to expect some aches in my joints. So imagine my horror when this horrible pain (mostly in my legs) started. Seriously, it was so bad, I could hardly walk to the bathroom. If I knew in advance, I would have been VERY sure to have a good pain killer on hand and some-
      one to stay with me. Another words, I would have been prepared. Maybe had 3 meals prepared and in the fridge. Thank-fully, I had support from another breast cancer survivor. She told me to take very warm baths, make sure not to plan anything those two days, and just plan on relaxing and sleeping away the days. Once I knew what to expect, it was tolerable. The unknown scares me so much more. My imagination goes overboard...always thinking the worse. You are prepared now. You can and will deal with it. I wish you luck. Remember you have to fight this thing to win it !!!
      It will all be over before you know it. I celebrate my one year anniversary this week !!! I AM A SURVIVOR.

      over 8 years ago
    • ruthieq's Avatar

      Fevers are not all that uncommon with chemo. Your body is trying to repair damaged areas and this starts the inflammatory process to get white blood cells where they are needed, and generally the temp goes up to help this. Taxol is different from A/C and targets different part of the cancer growth patterns. What to watch for are signs of neuropathy in feet and hands: tingling numbness are common, blistering and then peeling of palms and soles of hands and feet very common in the week after a dose. This also depends of how you are getting the TAxols; weekly smaller doses, or once every 3 weeks larger doses. I think the larger doses have the most SEs apparent. I had the heavy doses every 3 weeks. One thing is that Hair grows back in this time, but my eyebrows disappeared as well as my eye lashes. go figure? So protect your eyes with saline eye drops and such because stuff will get in them more easily than before. I took Vit B complex a few days after the dose and until the next dose. This seemed to help the neuropathy in the hands and feet. But be sure the Onc knows exactly what you're taking and approves. You don't want to take anything which will interact with the Taxol or diminish its effectiveness. You will be VERY FATIGUED with the taxols, especially within about 2-3 weeks into it. Rest when you can and eat what you can. Most get a metallic taste in thier mouth and foods that you used to love (and we're talking foodaholic) will tatse like ashes...so be prepared for that. eat whatever tastes palatable. It will improve, although to this day 7 yrs later I don't much care for coffee and chocolate(and I am an RN). :) hugs, you can do this!

      over 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I've read what others posted and it sure has been covered completely by the others. You can read and figure out easily that no two people have the same reactions to Taxol.... I was on it, and most of the others people mentioned here. I've been cancer free since surgery and decided to do almost two years of the chemo because the oncologist said it would give me the best chance of not having a recurrence of this desease. It is six and a half years and I'm still cancer free. It's so worth it to have a bit of pain (large or small), numb fingers and feet.... tired.... slept almost all the time for several weeks... Time flew... as I look back. Take each side effect as it comes, my doctor gave me medications prior to receiving treatments so that most side effects were a non issue. I put my faith in God and asked Him to lead me through to where He wanted me to be. He's still holding my hand and leading me... I'm still following and now have two great grandchildren to play with. I danced at a grandson's wedding and life is still Good!

      over 8 years ago
    • Miriam's Avatar

      I finished my Taxol treatment the end of June. The side effects for me were fatigue, sore joints and muscles, neuropathy and hair loss. My best advise is to listen to your body. Rest when you feel tired. I tried to keep going but I wish I would have rested more. Also, get some pain meds if you have sore joints or muscles. I used both Advil and Tramadol I think I could have used something a little stronger at times. I did miss my eye lases and eye brows which have come back now. My hair is also coming back. I also lost my finger nails and some toe nails. They are too coming back slowly and have been a lttile discomforting. My biggest challenge has been the neuropathy in my feet. It has not gone away. I still have my hopes but I know it may be permanent. I feel stronger everyday (almost like my old self) and I know that this is just a short time in my life. You will come out of this just fine even though it may not feel like it now.

      over 8 years ago
    • KFH's Avatar

      Most of the side effects have been mentioned in previous answers. My recommendation to protect your nails is to use tea tree oil. I was using this daily during my treatment and only lost one toenail. Found it at a health food store. My side effects were mild bone/joint aches for which I only took pain reliever once. Fatigue increased with more treatments. My neuropathy was mild. I was on the lower dose weekly as I believe that is supposed to minimize the chance of neuropathy. I too, found Taxol much more tolerable than A/C. Everyone is different, as with A/C, stay hydrated and eat when you can to keep nausea at bay. Good luck. I'm 3 weeks out from my last treatment and feeling so much better. You can do this!

      over 8 years ago
    • doctorsol's Avatar

      Other than peripheral neuropathy and hair loss, I never had any major issues with just Taxol, only when added to other agents.

      over 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      The taxol did a number on my nails - my hair was already gone from the adriamycin/cytoxin. It also caused some neuropathy in my hands and feet that has resolved itself. I had Neulasta for the A/C, but gave myself Neupogen shots for the taxol. That was a bit unnerving for me. You're almost finished! Hurray!

      over 8 years ago
    • osu2sum's Avatar

      I finished with chemo in July. Taxol's side effects were worse for me than the first rounds of chemo, except I wasn't as tired. My fingernails separated, but those are now growing back. I also had really bad neuropathy in my feet. I've been going to an acupunturist which helps a lot. You can also take GNC's timed release vitamin B-6 200 mg tablets or have the doctor prescribe gabapentin. Everyone's different, so talk to your medical oncologist about your symptoms and what they recommend. Good luck!

      over 8 years ago
    • rocityroc's Avatar

      I just finished my 3rd treatment with Taxol/Herceptin & I typically have been having effects from the day I get my chemo until the Monday to Tuesday afterwards. I have been experiencing slight elevation in temperature which are controlled by Tylenol, flushing which is controlled by benadryl diarrhea, body-bone aches which are mostly in my legs, slight nausea, my hair began to thin out & fall by day 12 of my treatments, still have a lot of hair but after this 3rd treatment its coming out in handfuls. I am doing better than I thought I would do. Just need to remind myself its ok to slow down the few days after my treatment and just chill on the couch which is just not my style.

      almost 7 years ago

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