• Taxol Cold Gloves

    Asked by vjt558 on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

    Taxol Cold Gloves

    I’m finishing the AC treatment and will be starting Taxol. Can you recommend the best cold glove or advice to avoid/minimize neuropathy?

    14 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      That's an interesting question. I've not seen anyone talk about the gloves, but several have used the caps. We wish you the best, others that have used them should see this and chime in for you.

      about 1 month ago
    • Helayne411's Avatar
      Helayne411

      I used ice packs on my hands and feet the entire chemo session. Ask the chemo center if they’re able to provide this for you. By the way it really paid off. I had no neuropathy and never lost nails. I also did acupuncture which helps with neuropathy (and nausea). Good luck!

      about 1 month ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      Welcome to WhatNext, @vjt558. I don't have any information on this subject, because I had never heard of caps or gloves when I was getting chemo. My center didn't even offer ice packs. I know I would have used it, because I was willing to try just about anything to minimize side effects. I never lost fingernails, but my nails got messy and haven't improved a lot since treatments. I do have neuropathy in my feet and nothing helps much with that. Good luck with the rest of your treatment. Take care.

      about 1 month ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar
      Kp2018

      I used Elasto-Gel mitts and booties I bought from Amazon. I had to purchase two pairs of each as they would warm up during the 90 minutes I wore them. So, at the 45 minute mark, I changed from one pair to the other. I followed the experimental protocol of putting them on 15 minutes before the administration of Taxol started, and keeping them on until 15 minutes after the infusion was over. Thankfully, my infusion nurse kept a timer going to remind me of when to start, change and finish. I couldn't hear my own timer because I was listening to guided meditations.

      The gloves and booties that were used in the research studies simply were not available. I have heard of people using bags of frozen peas and other such budget minded options, and they worked fine, too. You don't have to spend a ton of money to get the desired result.

      It was a pain in the neck to haul the stuff to the infusion center. I had to pack the mitts and booties in ice packs in a cooler which then weighed a ton. Also, it was downright uncomfortable to use them. I practiced meditation during all of my chemo infusions, but during my self imposed cryotherapy, it was really hard to focus on anything besides how cold my hands and feet were! Nonetheless, I persevered.

      The result: Absolutely no symptoms of neuropathy of the hands and feet! The expense, inconvenience and discomfort were well worth it.

      Good for you for taking the extra steps to avoid neuropathy.

      BTW, I have heard that some cancer treatment centers support patients using cryotherapy. I don't know why they all don't. My oncologist was fine with me doing it. He did not, however, support cold caps, fearing that it would prevent the chemo from reaching areas in the brain that might be harboring micrometastases. That was ok by me. I didn't mind losing my hair temporarily, but I sure didn't want a lifetime of pain from neuropathy.

      Good luck to you!

      about 1 month ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      This is new to me. When I went through chemo almost 7 years ago, the cold caps were not on the market yet. I think the idea for mittens and booties to keep neuropathy away is great.

      about 1 month ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar
      Kp2018

      clinda,

      I think the research showing the effectiveness of cryotherapy for preventing neuropathy was published around 2017.

      Hanai A, Ishiguro H, Sozu T, et al. Effects of cryotherapy on objective and subjective symptoms of paclitaxel-induced neuropathy: prospective self-controlled trial [published online October 12, 2017]. J Natl Cancer Inst. doi: 10.1093/jnci/ djx178. Subsequently, these results were reported in a large number of publications available to the public.

      So, it is relatively "new" news, I just wish support for its prevention of neuropathy was more widespread.

      about 1 month ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar
      gpgirl70

      I used the same products as Kp2018 and bought 2 sets of mittens and booties. Ice packs are not the same at all. Research this because I read that not doing cryotherapy correctly can actually do more harm than good. You have to follow the suggested protocol and leave them on for 15 min or so after infusion ends and put them on 15 min before Taxol is infused. They are expensive, but I sold mine on ebay after treatment so my final cost was less than $50.

      about 1 month ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar
      Myungclas

      I just wore surgical gloves and put my fingertips in ice for as long as I could. Then, took a break and put them back in. No nail issues at all, nor neuropathy. Good luck!

      about 1 month ago
    • vjt558's Avatar
      vjt558

      Thanks all for the quick feedback. I ordered 2 sets of the gloves and socks on Amazon today and should have prior to the treatment starting. Hoping that this helps and have minimal side effects. I appreciate all the information!

      30 days ago
    • JeanieJeffers' Avatar
      JeanieJeffers

      I too followed the same protocol as KP2018. Also did acupuncture 24 hours before taxane drug. This is my second time going through chemo. I had some residual neuropathy from TCH in 2012. In 2018 I was diagnosed with a new primary cancer, same breast and just finished A/C + 12 Abraxane. My fingernails lifted a bit but didn’t lose any. Toenails fine, neuropathy in feet slightly worse but not painful or debilitating. Numbness only, which may diminish a little in time. Will continue acupuncture.

      30 days ago
    • vjt558's Avatar
      vjt558

      Jeanie, thanks for the information. I hope you are doing well.

      30 days ago
    • JeanieJeffers' Avatar
      JeanieJeffers

      Wishing you well as you go through treatment.

      30 days ago
    • nataliainsun's Avatar
      nataliainsun

      I have been on Xeloda for past 4 months for metastatic Brest cancer diagnosed in 11/6/2013. The 1st scans after Xeloda showed incredible results of remission in all affected areas, but I developed chemo induced gout and neuropathy in my feet and it was quite painful. I was visiting my daughter in Las Vegas at the time where cannibis products are legal. I went to a dispensary and bought a high quality CBD cream and started applying it to my feet and hands. The results were incredible and I have completely erased the pain and neuropathy. The Xeloda is no longer working and today I received my first infusion of Abraxane and am applying the CBD cream to see if it will continue to ward off the pain and neuropathy. I will keep you posted.
      My oncologist gave me the name of a state licensed place here in Florida that will assist me with high quality CBD cream. It does not enter the blood stream and it does not contain THC so there is no high associated with its use...just incredible pain relief. I would talk to your doctor about it.

      30 days ago
    • petieagnor's Avatar
      petieagnor

      This was a wonderful read & information; it is just too late. I will look into the cream, tho. @nataliainsun. I also was on Xeloda for 9 months when it stopped working. So glad for you that it has been nearly 6 years out. I'm only 3 & had had 6 different chemo treatments until it stops working. I'm on IBrance now. I'm just dealing with the pain by staying busy.

      6 days ago

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