This is the first time I have posted on the forum. Like alot of you I found Fec not too bad, but I am now struggling with docetaxel, 1st treatment on 17/6 after the 1st day I have struggled aching in all my weak points
and mouth horrible. I usually have a good healthy appetite, but have lost the will to eat,and drink everything tastes too strong. Last night I was sick for the first time since starting Chemo. Thank you for mentioning the problems that not drinking causes and I will make more of an effort to get something inside of me.
Take care everyone.
Hi there - a few months ago I was having Docetaxel and I was also hauled into hospital due to an infection, given antibiotics and it was hell. I practically existed on scrambled eggs and I still like them now. If it is any consolation I am well into my 60's but now, post-treatment, I feel as fit and energetic as I did at 18, in fact I'm hyperactive - please don't laugh but I'm having a go at hula-hooping this afternoon!!!
Hi there - a few months ago I was having Docetaxel and I was also hauled into hospital due to an infection, given antibiotics and it was hell - if it is any consolation I am well into my 60's but honestly feel as fit and energetic as I did at 18, in fact I'm hyperactive and nearly bouncing off the walls so there is hope!
After this drug I could only eat about three things, dry crispbreads, toast and marmite and mandarin oranges - I lived almost exclusively on mandarins because everything else tasted disgusting. (I too read somewhere that grapefruit can make the side-effects of the drug worse).
Hi there I am at the same stge s yourself , 3 rounds of FEC and now on 3 Docetaxel...my nausea was not as bad this time,,just eat little and often and drinking is def more important...I had a bad exp as I am just out of hospital after an infection and neutropeania and was very weak and no apetite at all!! back home yesterday its beginning to improve...my white cell count is coming up but i will be staying awy from crowds and public places..this is a lot worse than the first three.....seem to b going backwards not forwards. I am 51 and feel 81...it woud be nce to keep in touch. `I am from N Ireland....cold and windy today as usual!!!
Have the same problem. I'm on day 11 and starting to think my taste is getting better but just had a tasteless banana, so guess not!
Sparkling water with a slice of lemon is the best drink I've found.
I'm also struggling with a sore mouth so I can't eat anything crunchy. Really am fed up but sure I'm losing my chemo weight that FEC/EC added, so minor plus point!
What I do during those first 7 days of awfulness is to juice as many vegetables as I can. Even if the taste is weird, it's the only thing I can get down and at least I am getting nutrients.
Sorry to hear you're getting so upset about things. If you need to talk to someone in confidence, then please don't hesitate to call the helpline here, the staff are here to support you through this. Calls are free, 0808 800 6000 lines open at 9am today through to 5pm (weekdays) and 10-2 Saturdays
Hi Zia - know what you mean. I have had 5 /6 Taxotere, last one on Wednesday. It is a case of finding something that you can eat - for me it was milk puddings such as rice, macaroni or tapioca for a few days. One round I would find a drink I could get down but next round it would not appeal. Have you tried ginger cordial, Sainsbury do a nice one diluted quite weak. Very ice cold water or smoothiewell diluted with sparkling water are also worth a try.
Good news is that , for me, from about this stage things would get better, as you have found with the tea.
Hope things do improve soon and then only 2 to go !! Good luck. Marli xx