I'm nearly finished my course of T-FEC so I've had the pleasure of the Docetaxel already. I'm being treated in Cambridge and gloves/boots were never discussed as an option, but I run ridiculously cold at the best of times so I wouldn't have considered them anyway. I'm a chicken.
My last Docetaxel was 6 weeks ago. My finger nails don't look great to be honest, husband says they look like smokers fingers. I have what looks like bruising and yellowing under the nails. Its growing out already and the growth at the cuticle is a lovely healthy pink. They feel bruised and sensitive. More so when they grow too long so I keep them reasonably short. I do paint them occasionally when I'm desperate to look a little more feminine and remind myself that Im still me.
Toe nails also feel bruised but the physical bruising isn't as apparent. Again so long as I don't forget to cut them they aren't too uncomfortable.
Sorry I can't help re: the gloves/boots.
Hi Marie Else,
I am sure some of our users will be along to share their experiences with Taxotere and ice gloves soon.
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I am due to start on three rounds of Taxotere in mid-January, following FEC. I'm rather worried about peripheral neuropathy and losing fingernails and toenails, so asked my chemo nurses at Barts whether they use those ice gloves and booties which are supposed to prevent those things.
The answer: never heard of them! I do know that some NHS hospitals do use them, though. Does anyone have experience of bringing in their own at Barts? And experience of how well they work - have they prevented those ghastly side effects for you?
Any advice much appreciated - thank you!