The good news for me is that I had my last chemo session on the 8th January but this was because my immune system kept going too low to tolerate it. I am therefore not sure if the chemo was at all effective.
Regarding hair loss. I was having the cold cap to try to preserve my hair, however, I must say that with the 5 mini doses of taxol my hair is very thin and 6 weeks after the treatment my hair is still falling out faster than I would expect. The top of my head in particular is thin and anyone taller than me can see my scalp through my hair. I am, however, pleased I have kept at least this much hair as I am not managing to stop my wig from sliding off and therefore haven't got around to wearing it in public!
In the last 2 weeks my eyebrows and eye lashes have decided to thin out to almost nothing.
I did not have many other Taxol side effects, other than being very tired for 24 hours, a few nose bleeds, losing hair in my nose and on my pubes.
I stopped updating my posts when I got septicaemia from the top wound where the portacath was inserted ........... not fun at all.
My very good news is that the Herceptin has eradicated my cancer. The MRI scan showed no cancer and to be sure I had a sentinel node test and some thissue removed from my breast. The path lab have now confirmed that there was no cancer tissue in any of the samples. I just have to work out why, with all this good news, I still have to have radiotherapy. It does not sound logical to me.
I hope your journey through this disease is successful and short. x
2 down and 10 to go.
There is not much to say this week as it went pretty much the same as last week, although a couple of hours shorter as I only had Taxol yesterday. I took anti-sickness drugs as part of the pre-med but I have not taken the tablets given for me to take at home. I have not felt sick/nauscious.
Again, I felt tired but not as much as the last week ...... maybe I am just getting used to it.
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I will be starting weekly Taxol on 30 October together with herceptin every 3 weeks. I have been told that the weekly regime has less side effects than 3 weekly, although I did not get a choice because I have an over active immune system, so the idea is to give me a lower dose but more frequently. I will let you know how I get on.