Just the 12 weeklies. Then I’m done.
I had a unilateral mastectomy for stage 1B invasive ductal carcinoma. I had a huge DCIS mass with some microinvasion. After surgery, they found just a little invasive foci so they recommended the Paxil for 12 weeks. Tomorrow is week 5. So far no hair loss, my body hair still grows, albeit slower than usual. No neuropathy bc I’m cooling my hands and feet during the taxol. Oh yeah, I’ll do herceptin through next July once every three weeks.
How many rounds of taxol you will have? I will have 4 rounds of EC after 12 weekly taxol.
Use coldcap, it worth it. I will have my 6th Paciltaxol on Thursday and I did lose 5% of my hair.
Did you use the cold cap? I’m starting 12 weeks of taxol next Wednesday. I don’t want to lose my hair.
I am on the same regime currently. Have had 4/12 so far plus am having Herceptin. Not too bad but feeling really cold (I am sitting with fire on in coat, sweatshirt, woolly hat and two pairs of socks with a duvet over me! Also some Leg pain…. But Chemo is my friend and I will always remember that.
I had chemo twice. ( Metostatic breast cancer) I had Taxotere first time .Taxhol second time.all my hair grew back but it fell out completely both times. But yes it's suppose to grow back. It won't be the same color probably but it is usually very soft.
Several months gap from chemo and when you start Taxol again did your hair fall out or just thinned? I had two AC and my hair fell off. Then there was a two months gap as I did the surgery. My hair started to grow a little. But I have to now continue Taxol weekly. I am afraid that my new hair will fall out. If so will it grow back again?
Hello! 4th week of Herceptin/Taxol.
Try Baking Soda with a little water( like a paste). I used a cotton swab, as I had spots all over my arm. It took the itch away and swelling. Still have the marks, but I feel much better. Try an organic store for the Baking Soda, that’s the best way to go.
I lost my husband of 30 years 3 years ago and actually I'm happy that this didn't happen while he was alive as it would have upset him so much. Sometimes it's easier going through stuff on your own rather than having to cope with other people's worries which is why I never told my elderly parents when I had breast cancer back in the 80s. It was easier for me to deal with it without worrying them and I've always felt that it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Lovely Hopeful61, my heart goes out to you, I've been married 45 years and can't imagine how I would cope without him by my side going through this, I hope you have a close family to stand by you.
Have you had any other side effects from the taxol in your hands or feet? I've just finished EC and should start paclitaxol on the 16th January, but I'm desperate to know what side effects people have experienced from it.
Try to stay strong, I think we all suffer with our own demons when we have cancer. I have to make the choice of stopping treatment and having a short but good quality of life for a few years, or going on with the treatment and being left alive, but with poor quality of life.
I'm sure there are people like us, who value our husbands and never imagine them not being there with us. Just sharing makes you such a brave lady, I hope I can carry on and be as brave, you are indeed an inspiration to us. xx
Just wondering how your treatment went. I'm on the same but I didn't cold cap now I'm paranoid that my hair won't come back. Do you know of anyone who didn't cold cap and got theirs back?
Hi there cdc1811 and other ladies on weekly taxol-
I notice you say your hair started to grow back recently. I'm on 12 weekly taxol and 3wk Herceptin. I have a very wispy covering of fair hair. I'm concerned this is as good as it is going to get. How is your hair growth? I want it to have a normal covering at some point and I'm getting concerned.
Did anyone else have this type of wispy growth that changed into something more normal. I didn't do the cold cap because I thought it might be best to ensure the chemo got the scalp and I hate having a cold head. Regretting it now. Anybody in the same boat with a success story for me?
I’m so sorry to hear you are going through such an awful time and facing BC again especially after the loss of your husband. Life can be so cruel. My Mum discovered she had another primary Breast cancer two months after my dad died. About a year later as she waa finishing treatment I was diagnosed. I’m Er+ but not HER2+
I just wanted to send a massive hug to you.. Do you have a good support network around you. I have found the forums invaluable as people really do have some idea of what we’re all going through. I’m now on weekly Paclitaxel but on a reduced dose of 80%- my hair started groing back when I finished AC and I’ve still got a fluffy growth so not sure if I’ll keep mine either.
Please let us know how you are getting on xxx
I have the same problem and today the nurse at the chemo day unit gave me a couple of creams that should help. They ar ethe Aveeno moisturing cream and QV cream. Both were free so I don't have to do to the shops! Worth a try. I also use sun cream factor 50 whatever the weather when I go out and that helps
Hi I am on week 2 of taxol I have been told I will loose my hair and I won't so only time will tell, didn't try the cold cap it out so much time on your treatment.
i looked at it like this treatment is hopefully saving my life so what is loosing hair it will go back.
i am 62 not a young person which I could imagine effecting more.
never hear of this perjeta will look it up.
i am on same treatment as you plus I am have a acid injection every 6 months for 3 years.
after the taxol I am to have radiation therapy but haven't asked how many etc will cross that bridge when I come to it.
i wish you well in your journey I haven't found mine to bad yet and will keep you updated on my hiarloss if any I have been told week 2/3 .
take care cin up.
Hello I am new to this just joined today don't normally join anything like this, but thought I would put my experience down as I have read loads and found some very useful.
all so a lot I have found are years old.
so to start I had 2 breast lumps one which I found and say someone sent it to me, you see my brother has just died of prostrate cancer , which could have been avoided. It's a long story which I am not going into details but
if some one at some hospital had passed a message on to his doctors 2 years ago he would still be hear.
we are not miracle works and mistakes happen.
So one morning i woke up to a very small lump on my left breast thought Nothing of it and would normally have not gone straight to the Docters, my normal thoughts would have been it a little cyst and will go away in a few weeks.
but no due to my brother I went straight away, with in 10 days I was at hospital having all usual test!
to my amazement with in 7 hours I had had I don't know how many mammograms, scans and a biopsy.
my head was blown away. They actually found 2 lumps and as it happen there was a big one at the back grade 3 already and as they put it didn't like the look of it and it was hiding away, thank goodness for the small one who I say God sent. Someone did anyways.
long story short had to have 2 operations, found to be connected to the prostrate cancer have all the receptors family now having gene testing. My brother just died at 68, my father at 62, his brother 94 that's good there dad at 78 and his father at 50ish. I am the only girl in the family .
i am now on 3 weekly herceptin and Taxol every week for 12/18 weeks depends on how I deal with it.
Also I am on a injection every 6 months to protect it from going into my bones or hopefully kill any that might already be there, only time will tel.
my effects do far are last week on tues had my first dose of all 3 lol.
tues ok Wednesday well hyper they said it was the steroids. Thursday what a come down where had all my
energy gone felt really off ache all the time felt like really bed flue didn't like food Didn't taste sane at all, coffee tasted awful so got a lot of juice in.
found out with not having as much coffees got bad head so now drink a bit more must have been lack of caffeine.
friday wasn't as bad as Thursday but still not good, sat came to a bit had a lie down afternoon so I could go to my sons BQ after football he had just arrived home he works abroad and it was his birthday 6th he was 35 my middle one.
sunday managed church for a few hours had BQ we had people over from Chicago but came home felt achyand a bit off Monday not to bad.
Today Tues was my second dose of just taxol went well but was very tired, so went to bed when I came home and apparently you could hear me snoring down stairs, so will see what tomorrow brings.
really hope this helps someone just starting and I will continue to put on every week, I do really say how it is no sugar coating I can't see the point. So far I have found it's no where near as
Thank you ladies..am rubbing cbd balm into my fingers, however, am on a reduced dose already, so not a lot of choice....still have numb feet from 2001 ...
Re Paclitaxel ....doany of you get sore, aching muscles at all’? I find under my bra straps and along under my bra at the back is very tender.
also I get a reddish arm on the 3rd day which I thought could be cellulitis, but don’t think so now as it goes away...but my arm muscles hurt if I do too much.
be greateful to hear if others had the same?
Message for Teach 124 - I have just had third cycle of epicirubicin and cyclophosphamide and will then receive Herceptin and Perjeta with - Docetaxel, I would prefer Paclitaxel to Docetaxel but am told I cannot have that combination, can you please tell me where you are receiving your treatment? I have a DCIS and HER2 pos. I hope you are doing well.
i know now a lady who was having issues with neurological numbness in her fingers and toes. To prevent it, she just used regular ice packs icing, wrapping it completely around her feet and hands, icing off and on every 20 minutes and it worked for her. No fancy methods. Hope this helps. I may consider it because I do feel little tingling in my toes right now. Nothing big but I have one more treatment of AC then 12of T before I am completely done.
Ladies, sorry to be boring here but did any of you get bright red feet? Sore fingers etc? Have recently discovered that the Christi usefreezing gloves and socks...my Hospital doesn’t.
Do do any of you use these?
Thank you for all your advice....I was really fussy last time, so far it does seem to be working XX
I had weekly paclitaxel for 12 weeks and I finished it in November 2017. I cold capped all the way through and it was 100% worth it. I have kept almost all of my hair. I'd say I shed les than 10% which is a brilliant result. Do note that every one is different and they say that there is a 50/50 chance of it working. It did wonders for me.
What I would say is, persevere with it. The first 15 minutes of wearing it are the worst, but after that, it was fine - I kind of reached a plateau if that makes sense.You really get used to it very quickly. I was really meticulous with my planning and I think that really helped and what i would advise is the following:
- Wear warm clothes - Take a big scarf, blanket and if you have thermos flask with a hot drink in it as this will help keep you warm while your head is freezing!
- I had to take my own conditioner (try to make sure it is one without too many harsh chemicals)
- a comb
- a spray bottle (like the one that they use in the hairdressers) as you will need to prepare your hair. Some nurses offered to do it for me but mostly I did it myself.
- A couple of alice bands
- A hat (to wear when you finish on your way home). I even wore a shower cap underneath the hat. I didnt wash my hair until the next day though as I was too exhausted from the chemo on the day I had it.
- I used a small suitcase with wheels to carry everything which was really handy
- The most important thing with the cold cap is the fit. This is key. You have to make sure that it fits tightly and correctly. Be fussy. Don't let them start it, until you are sure that it fits perfectly. The top of the cap needs to be touching the top of your head otherwise it won't work. I used an extra alice band on top of the strap holding the cap down to help secure it even further - I don't know if that actually made a huge difference but I felt that it helped me.
I hope it works for you too and that this is helpful.
All the best x
I begin my 12 weeks of Taxol plus Herceptin on November 22nd. I am going to try the Chemo Caps that may help prevent some hair loss. Has anyone on here tried the caps?
Same here with the lashes and eyebrows. My regimen was same as yours (weekly Taxol x 12 then Herceptin every 3 weeks for a year). Worst side effect for me was diarrhea beginning the second week and now 4 weeks after chemo completed still have episodes which make it inconvenient to say the least with morning appointments and errands. Back to the hair loss. I started losing hair by the handfuls week 5 of Taxol. Went to salon to get it buzzed off. Thought I was going to keep my brows and eyelashes but 4 weeks after completing chemo I've noticed lashes are thinning and brows as well. Geez, I'm disappointed that the physician or nursing staff did not mention that I could have delayed hair loss. Glad to know that this is normal. Thanks for sharing.