• Taxol

    Asked by Summer66 on Tuesday, January 21, 2014


    What are some of the SE of Taxol? Are there any suggestions? I will start Taxol x12 in two weeks.

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    • banditwalker's Avatar

      I just finished my 3rd taxol tx today. Other than being very tired I am finding taxol to be much more manageable than my A/C tx I had initially. No nausea, etc.... (keeping fingers crossed I don't jinx it). Some on here have stated that they started to get some side effects later down the road. But, I had asked the same question and got pretty much the same answers, that taxol was easier to do. Hope the same holds true for you.

      about 7 years ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar

      Oh yea, if you fill in your "journey" a little bit, your questions will be targeted to the breast cancer patients and will be more personalized to be directed your way for answers.

      about 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar

      It is a very good one to use to kill off a lot of different cancer cells, I have complained about chemo many times but I owe my life to chemos and Taxol is one of them so honestly I am very grateful....but the SE. Well there are many possible ones but the most common ones are probably the metallic taste in mouth, severe fatigue, hair loss, nausea - but I never got sick from due to some great anti-nausea meds only a little uncomfortable at times, constipation, dry skin, fingernails turning black and falling off ( but usually only a few and not all ), and watery eyes. You could get only a few SE or all of these and more, everybody responds differently and most of the SE come around after the 2nd or 3rd treatment, but you will probably lose your hair about 10 to 14 days after your first treatment. But seriously every once in awhile some lucky person does not lose their hair, the odds for that are very small so please don't count on it but it is a fact according to my chemo nurses. Watch out for a fever or chills, call the oncologist immediately with that one! There are medications to help with nearly all of the SE except the awful metallic taste but I found that came and went at times, and I would be able to taste a food one day but not the next and my food cravings came and went frequently. Make sure to gets lots of rest and drink lots of water during this time. If the constipation is bad try Miralax once or twice a day ( let your oncologist know of course ) It isn't our grandmothers chemo due to how great they are now in dealing with the SE. Let your oncologist know when you need help don't be shy about that, read everything that they give you. Please don't let this scare you but some of us end up in the emergency room with SE during treatment so please no worries about calling your oncologist after hours, they are used to it believe me. And you will get through this! Cancer treatments are a small price to pay at least in my opinion for the incredible gift of life! I slept through my chemos and barely remember it now....just a fuzzy dream...Take care and God bless!

      about 7 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had TAC chemo which was taxotere, adriamycin and cytoxin...my biggest side effect was nausea.....Drink lots and lots and lots of water....take all pre-meds that they Rx for you....I also took Kytril and BDR suppositories....there are other anti-nausea meds too...Wishing you an easy time with chemo

      about 7 years ago
    • Curlylx's Avatar

      I started with 4 AC infusions and then 12 weekly taxols. I will be receiving my 6th Taxol this week. The side effects that I've experienced are minimal. They include continued hair loss, a thickness sensation/dullness on my fingertips (think this is peripheral neuropathy), dullness on my tongue (affects tastiness of foods), body aches, & fatigue. WIth regards to the hair loss, I also am seeing some hair growth. I am now shaving my legs once a week☺. I have not needed any anti medics for Taxol as I did with AC, just received the premeds before infusion (pepcid, decadron, & zertex). I feel that the SE are completely doable for me. Hope all goes well for you too!

      about 7 years ago
    • lavieestbelle's Avatar

      We had taxol and oxaliplatin for 6 rounds, have not had severe SEs, actually, but nausea and fatigue, so we had to cook with more creativity and despite of the strengthlessness, we did some physical exercies everyday. Keep active, both mentally and physically. Many people have been through it and they get better thank to it. Good luck to you and hugs!

      about 7 years ago
    • Nanajudy's Avatar

      I'm on my 3rd round of Taxol....tomorrow is a chemo day for me. After the treatment I feel tired...no energy...don't fight it....lay down..fall asleep...put the tv on....just rest. The metal taste in my mouth goes away fast..buy some sour lemon drops..take the with you to chemo.. Try your best to stay away from people with colds. & last ...I have very thick hair it fails out everyday but I stlill have hair..I'll get it buzzed off when it's gone...hang in....we can fight this !

      about 7 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      Every patient is diferent, but when I had TC chemo, my worst side effects were metallic taste in the mouth, which I combatted with popsicles, juices, and yogurts; I was tired, so do not be ashamed to take naps; I had a little trouble going number 2, but stool softeners proved a help; my white cell count dropped into the basement on my first treatment, but Neulasta kept me out of the hospital for my remaining treatments. As for hair loss, most people experience that roughly 2 weeks after their first treatment. For me, I started with very thick hair and was down to baby fuzz by my second treatment but hardly lost anything once the protective measures like the shot and steroids came into play. HUGS and God bless you!

      about 7 years ago
    • Carol1286's Avatar

      Taxol seemed to be a dream compared to AC. Not much fatigue and was able to work a lot more. But around week five or six peripheral neuropathy began and my thumb nails felt like they were loose. I finished chemo November 13th. The neuropathy continues (I just started Lyrica) and my nails are black. I have my nails painted so I don't see the black. Only my big toenails are a purple color. I pray you don't get the neuropathy.

      about 7 years ago
    • Mikilog's Avatar

      I agree with everything everyone is telling you above! I did 12 weeks of taxol and during the actual taxol infusion I bathed my hands and feet w/ bags of ice, I did not get any discoloration of the nails nor did I lose any throughout the treatments, I also think the ice baths helped reduce the extent of neurophy in my hands and feet. Some of the nurses laughed and said it was an old wives tail that I would eventually lose some of my nails(fingers/toes) but by the end of it they were impressed that it may have actually worked! 5 months out of treatment and I have beautiful nails!

      about 7 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      neuropathy was my biggest problem. still is with whatever I'm on.

      about 7 years ago
    • suz55's Avatar

      I had the 12 weekly Taxol treatments last year. I did have a very itchy reaction beginning the day after my first treatment. A steroid pack helped combat that. After that, they increased the benadryl and steroid I got before each infusion. I still got a burning, itchy rash on my knuckles which lasted most of the treatment. I had some neuropathy, but not too severe. Still lingers at times, and it has been almost 8 months. I did not lose any nails and did not have discoloration. No nausea. My sweet and salty sense of taste vanished each week from day 3-5. The benadryl they gave me made me very antsy, so they slowed that way down. It still made me feel that I had been to happy hour, so I always had a driver! On the flip side, once the benadryl wore off, the steroid made me wired so that I didn't always sleep much that first night until it wore off. I usually got a red rosy face on the second day. I took benadryl at home for about 3 days on the advice of my oncologist. It was definitely easier to go through than the AC. Best of luck to you! Hope you have minimal side effects.

      about 7 years ago
    • marybeth's Avatar

      For me, the major issue with Taxol was bone pain. After the first infusion, I had such bad pain in my legs and along my breastbone that I worried initially that I was having a problem with my heart. So before the 2nd infusion (I did 4, every other week, dose dense), my onc put me on 20 mg of prednisone beginning day before infusion and for four or five days after. It helped a lot with the pain. I was able to adjust the dosage so that I only did 10 mg but for a longer stretch of time and that worked just as well. I take oxycontin for back pain but that didn't even touch this type of pain, but the prednisone did. It didn't eliminate the pain, but made it much more tolerable.

      about 7 years ago
    • Shellynolan's Avatar

      I had leg pain.ask your doctor to give you something in advance to ease the pain.also I got thrush on my tongue and a few mouth sore which were treatable.Other than those I didn't have a very hard time.Good luck and keep a positive attitude and remember that it will pass.

      about 7 years ago
    • LynnT's Avatar

      Finished my chemo in April. My experience was that Taxol was much better tolerated than AC. I did get peripheral neuropathy in hands and feet, but that is gone now. Also had a lot of bone pain, especially in legs. That too went away after treatment done. I slept through most of the infusion, recieved Benadryl as premed. Just ask for a warm blanket and have a good nap! White blood count did not drop as much with Taxol. Only needed 1 Neulasta during that time. I had 4 dose dense treatments. Best of luck to you. Hang in there...it does get better.

      about 7 years ago
    • flamingogirl's Avatar

      I found the Taxol treatment much more tolerable than the A/C treatment. I wasn't nearly as exhausted, just slightly tired. No nausea. I did end up losing my eyebrows and most of my eyelashes with Taxol. I also had peripheral neuropathy. Most of it has gone away, 7 months later. Actually it was gone after about 4 months except for in my right index and thumb. Good Luck!

      about 7 years ago
    • debkaye's Avatar

      Be on the look out for neuropathy in your feet and hands. I am 2 years out and suffer everyday. Be sure to ask about it!!

      about 7 years ago

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