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    Drug or Chemo Therapy: 2nd chemo with taxol/carbo, so have had no dide effects, just a bit tired.

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    Sandy1960 asked a questionLung Cancer

    I have my second chemo treatment next week. The treatment plan is the drugs carbo/taxol and they may add avastin. Side effects?

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      blondie

      Get a copy of all drugs from the doctor or online. Everything on the copies should be accurate if not up-to-date.

      WebMd.com and drugs.com are two excellent online sources.

      over 4 years ago
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      I was on that same exact drug mixture (including Avastin). For maintenance, they removed the carboplatin. For me, the carboplatin was what gave me the worst side effects. Side effects without it have been minimal. A little nausea. A little constipation. Both for 2-3 days after each treatment.

      over 4 years ago
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      Cindy

      Side affects can vary from person to person. I had carboplatin and taxol for ovarian cancer - 6 treatments, 3 weeks apart. The side affects were accumulative (got worse with each treatment). My side affects were constipation (for several days after each treatment), fatigue (started a couple days after each treatment and lasted a few days after my first treatment; lasted a week or two after my last treatment), hair loss (2 weeks after my first treatment), white blood cell count lowered (had to have shots to bring it up a few times), urinary tract infection (lowered white blood cell count can make it easy to get infections), and peripheral neuropathy. I did not have any problems with nausea. Most of my side affects are gone now. I still have problems with the neuropathy (about a year and 3 months after my last chemo treatment). I wasn't able to exercise until about 9 months after my last chemo treatment due to the effect on my legs. I currently exercise 30-45 minutes per day.

      over 4 years ago
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    Sandy1960 asked a questionLung Cancer

    If the tumors are located on the outside of the lung, why can't surgery be preformed to remove the lung?

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      RuthAnne

      Hi Sandy,

      Welcome to the site - at the same time, I'm sorry you're in the club. Stage IV lung cancer will definitely shake up your world. Nonetheless, I hope you find us helpful.

      Depending on the location of the tumor, they may be able to actually do a surgery, but because your cancer is stage IV, it basically is in your blood (systemic) and able to crop up any place in your body. Removing a lung wouldn't stop the cancer or make a difference in your treatment and in fact, could weaken your stamina and resources.

      What may be possible at some time is a VATS (Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery) that removes individual tumors. I had one to get a biopsy sample, but I think that it is also done for tumors that are causing breathing difficulty - although they can use radiation for that as well.

      I hope that you have an oncology team that you trust. It can make a big difference.

      Be strong.

      over 4 years ago