• taxotereand cytoxan for chemo what do I need to know

    Asked by 9977 on Friday, February 20, 2015

    taxotereand cytoxan for chemo what do I need to know

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    • TXHills' Avatar
      TXHills

      Me again...I was quite nervous during my first infusion, but left there feeling about the same as I did when I went in that morning. You may need to bring your own pillow or blanket, reading material, etc. It can take a few hours, especially the first time. I went walking in the mall afterwards, since I was hyper from the steroids. A day or so later I flew to another state to attend my father's 80th birthday party. Other than being unable to drink and feeling a bit tired, it was fine. Nobody even knew.
      I would consider cutting your hair pretty short before day 15-20 of your first chemo cycle. Your hair will likely start coming out seriously by then. You don't want to leave a trail of hair clumps. Wearing a light cap at night will keep the loose hair corralled so that you don't get itchy from loose hair in your bed. Or, you can shave it all off. Hats and scarves are fine. My wigs were itchy and hot, so I rarely wore them.

      over 4 years ago
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      cllinda

      One thing to remember when you are bald is that your head can get very cold at night when you sleep. I had a couple of nice fleece hats to wear to bed. It really helped.

      over 4 years ago
    • LindaAnnie's Avatar
      LindaAnnie

      I had that combo of drugs - cytoxan, taxotere, neulasta. Similar problems as listed above with good advice. I lost all my hair (I did not want to shave it. I didn't shed, it came out on controllable hanks) before 2nd infusion. I also lost all my fingernails. No metallic taste, but changed taste. Constipation. Dry mouth. Steroids helped keep joint pain at bay (Anastrozole is a different matter). My biggest problem was fatigue. Good luck to you!

      over 4 years ago

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