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Docetaxel 6 or 8 cycles or more....?


Re: Docetaxel 6 or 8 cycles or more....?

Hi avrelia


Thanks for your post.


It’s not unusual for treatment teams to tailor treatment to individual patients with secondary breast cancer. The treatment, possible response and overall outcome you may have, will depend on a number of factors including the biology and extent of your cancer.


Information about overall survival in specific groups of patients undergoing treatment regimes may be available if clinical trials have looked at this.   However, as you do not give any further information about your situation and any other treatment you may be having in conjunction with docetaxel, I’ve not been able to search for any evidence which may be of help.


Making treatment decisions also involves assessing side effects and their effect on your quality of life, so it’s really important to discuss this suggestion with your treatment team who know you well, so you can agree the best way forward.


Coping with a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer can be completely overwhelming.  It can be hard to know what to think, where to turn to for support, and even harder to find anyone who really understands what it feels like to live with the diagnosis.


We provide a number of different services for people living with secondary breast cancer aimed at providing both information and support.


Our helpline team are here for anyone diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. They have time to listen to your concerns, talk things through and/or signpost you to more support and/or information.


At times like this, some people find it helpful to talk with others who are going through a similar experience.  We have a secondary breast cancer online discussion forum for sharing information and support.  There is also a weekly Live chat session which runs on Tuesdays at 8.30-9.30pm. 

Both services allow people to talk over their experiences and offer support to each other. 


Our face to face Living with Secondary Breast Cancer monthly sessions also give you the chance to meet and share experiences with other people who understand what you’re going through because they’re going through it too.


Do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. Your call will be confidential and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.


The number is 0808 800 6000 (Text relay prefix 18001).


Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm and 9am -1pm on Saturday. Out of hours you can leave a message and we will call you back when we next open.



Best wishes




Breast Cancer Now Nurse


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Docetaxel 6 or 8 cycles or more....?

Hi there I have been on Docetaxol for 5 cycles with the 6 one approaching. I was just told that because it is working very well for my liver secondaries I should consider having 8 cycles not 6. I am just afraid that it may cause more harm than good. Does anyone know any studies when people with less cycles survival rate is compared to the ones with more cycles. I do not have major side effects apart from nerve damaging but still I do not want anything to happen