FYI, I'm now 8 weeks since last docetaxel infusion (June 2018 starter), and I've kept all of my fingernails and toenails -- including a bunged-up toenail that my BCN was quite sure I'd lose because it was already so damaged! I did get Mees lines (white horizontal lines) on my nails during FEC, but these are growing out, and they were at times sore, but they haven't become loose.
I kept my nails trimmed short, especially right before each chemo infusion. I applied OPI cuticle oil every day, including during FEC. (I got mine from Nail Direct, but you might be able to find it cheaper elsewhere.) I painted my nails a very dark brown for the first cycle of T, but because my nails tended to be dry/brittle and prone to breaking before chemo, I was worried about not being able to moisturize them, as well as the effect of nail polish remover. So in week 3 of T no. 1, I stripped them and started applying Polybalm, which was trialed at Bedford Hospital, Cambridge, at least daily; I also applied sunblock if I planned to be outdoors without gloves/mittens. I kept up the Polybalm for 5 weeks after my 4th and final T infusion, and still use what's left once or twice a week, when my nails look a bit dry. 💅
I don't know how much any of this helped, if it helped at all; it might also be that I kept my nails because my T dose was reduced to about 80% because of other side effects.
Hi Badboob, I didn't use any oil on my nails, I think that might be buddyfan as Shi has said. I did use plasters though to try and stop my nails breaking too much! It didn't look great, but it did stop my nails from breaking too low down and being painful and it prevented me from catching them on anything.
I was on FEC and like you, found it made me feel exhausted and I slept alot too! x
l’ve been lying low since my 5th chemo on Tuesday. But have been catching up with everyone’s news on here. Gosh we are all going though this aren’t we! I hope those of you who have changed to Docetaxel are doing ok.
I have found EC to be a totally different experience. Boy has it wiped me out. I had a funny turn while they administer it and had to call the duty doctor, who when she arrived was even more stressed than I was. I suppose the up side is that I can sleep! Just that I can’t stop sleeping! I am just so thankful that I only have two sessions to go. How many more is everyone having, we must be getting to the end of this poop.
Very impressed Elliesmum that you’ve been to work, and completely sympathise with your sentiments about what people say to you! I work freelance and have turn down loads of work as I can’t guarantee the quality as chemo brain is a bit of a problem at the moment and is driving me mad! Hope your little one is soon over her HFM infection.
Anyone starting to lose their nails? Mine are very sore. I rang my BCN yesterday who was sympathetic but explained that all fast growing cells are affected by the chemo, and yes I could lose some or all. She suggested using plasters and sterristrips to hold them down!
Stay strong ladies we are all getting there, slowly........
Hi Fiona, I'm from Oct '17 chemo thread. Just wanted to say that like you I found T hard and had a lot of pain on the first one. (I wasn't sick at all on FEC, so I didn't find that too bad) I was given liquid morphine by the doctor, which helped. However the second T wasn't as bad, so wanted to reassure you. I think I read somewhere that our bodies have to get used to it. Also, I don't know if you have to have the daily injections, but I had to have 5 with FEC, but 7 with T and I always thought that I felt worse when I had them. I managed to negotiate with my onc that if my blood test was ok before my 2nd T that I could go back to 'only' having 5.
Hope you managed your stroll, it's been sunny here in Kent too x
Aneeebel, well done on keeping an eye on your temperature. Fingers crossed there's no movement on it tonight other than downwards safely.
ElliesMum, I hope your s/e aren't too bad. I'm hoping that my onc will reduce my dosage next week after this incident so I'm keen to hear how you're getting on.
Ive just had a nice little nap. It was only going to be for 30 minutes but 2 hrs later I'm just about awake again! And hubby is preparing dinner 😃 I'd best go and supervise, or maybe not 😉
Take care Ladies, big hugs 🤗🤗
Morning everyone 😀
💜Fiona... So pleased your feeling better this morning.... When you're feeling poorly everything seems so horrid doesn't it!
Fingers crossed your bloods are improving! 🎀 X
Shi.... Thankyou for thinking of us xx 😘😘😘
Hope all you Lovely Ladies are doing well x 🎀
Stay strong 💪🏼😘 x
Yes ElliesMum... No.5 'done and dusted'..
I said to my hubby that it feels a bit strange knowing I only have one more chemo to go after it seeming such a long journey when it all started! Fingers crossed the S/e are kind to you xx 💪🏼💗😘💐
Love to all, stay strong! 😘