• TCH - what to expect?

    Asked by HGWWW on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    TCH - what to expect?

    Starting chemo tomorrow and very anxious. On a regimen of Taxotere, Carboplatin and Herceptin. Any advise, words of wisdom would be much appreciated.

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • gogolf's Avatar

      Be sure to tell your Doctor about any side effects and there usually is a medicine to help with them. I tried several nausea meds before I found one that worked. I also used Biotene mouthrinse and did not get any sores. Do not take any supplements without asking your Doctor because some things interfere with the chemo drugs. I just bought some crackers with flax in them and found out we should not have flax.

      Like someone said be sure and ask for help, I had a hard time doing that but family and friends love being asked. I tried very hard to have a social life and I think it helped me to feel better and also helped my husband to think that I felt good. I just finished my second round and for the second time my hair is growing back but the drug did its job so it is worth everything you have to go through. `Take care and know that you have lots of prayers and good thoughts coming your way.

      about 8 years ago
    • Myungclas' Avatar

      My advice...take the nausea medicine as prescribed. Do NOT wait until you "need" it. Gargle often with baking soda and saltwater solution. I kept it in water bottles around the house to remind me. I never got the sores. Ask the nurse to give you latex gloves and soak your fingertips in a bowl of ice during the treatment...only the taxotere portion. It'll minimize damage to nails. When your taste buds go kooky, find a way to ingest protein. It's what your body needs to make new white cells. Acidic things (BBQ sauce, ketchup, lemons, pickles) seem to neutralize the metallic taste and allow you to get meat down. Good luck!

      about 8 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      Girlfriend, been there done that. I was so scared the first time, told the oncologist that sending me out the back door with a toe tag would not be good for business. I took food, snacks, a book, my laptop (they had movies I could play), it took about four hours. I had plenty of anti allergic meds on board and so I ended up snuggled in a blanket snoozing. Each time my side effects differed, be sure you have all your support meds ready, informed as to how and when to take them, and get the magic mouthwash. I did develop some "minor" mouth sores so it was a real help. I found applesauce comforting, made sure I was well hydrated before each infusion. You will have ups and downs, but it wasn't as bad as I feared and we do it for life. I will be thinking of you and wishing you a fabulous response to your chemo. Lindy

      about 8 years ago

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