Relieved to find my bloods have remained stable in this interim phase - I know the cancer has grown in my liver, but fortunately I've kept well with no treatment for the past 4 weeks. Now I've been given the go ahead for my first eribulin on 10th April
I'll be celebrating my son and husband's birthdays with all the family this weekend, so we're all overjoyed I've got the promise of the 3rd line chemo and hopefully many more months/years of quality time ahead!
Beautiful sunny day here!
hope everyone in good spirits
Hugs Phoebe xx
As has already been said you do not need steroids with this chemo. You will probably be offered them by the chemo nurses at your hospital but you do not need to have them as the side effects are not as extreme as a lot of other chemos, when you do need them, it will be up to you I should think. I also found I did not need anti sickness tablets (and I'm the worst nausea sufferer!) so it is a matter of choice. Some ladies might have steroids but for me I really didn't need the added SEs that steroids give you, in this case 2 weeks out of three.
The infusion is very quick, about 5 mins, but my team built up to that and gave it to me a bit slower for the first couple of cycles and then just let it free drain (it comes in an IV bag so goes into a vein/cannula/port). The time you spend in hospital is down to the saline before and after and in my case the waiting around for the nurses to be free as at times it was quite a busy ward. However they are all so lovely and dealing with all patients so I didn't mind, just brought enough reading things to keep me occupied.
Hi Phoebe, No you don’t take steroids before the infusion. I have a steroid anti sicknesses infusion before the Eribulin, which takes a couple of minutes, then saline is used and the Eribulin is syringed into the line. After a few more minutes of saline,I’m all finished.
Hope this helps. I have my next day 1 on 13th April.
Good luck, you will be fine.
Hi again Phoebe,
Eribulin is one of the quicker chemos to have. It normally takes about 40 mins. You have it on day 1 and day 8, then a 2 week break. I manage to go and do things and do all my shopping, housework etc , with my husband. When you feel tired just rest, then usually I can carry on! I get peripheral neuropathy, numb fingers and toes, but it’s not bad.
Look forward to speaking again on this thread,
Good luck for the 10 th.
Hi Clarrise and all the other 'eribulin' ladies
I hope you are all still doing well on Eribulin?
I have had taxel and capecitebene, which has now stopped working. I am hoping to start eribulin on 10th April, if all my blood tests are ok
Our hospital doesn’t let cold caps re Eribulin...as no evidence they make a differencex
has any body done chemo caps while on Halavan ?My daughter has just started and is using them , just wanted any feedback good or bad
Well, when I was on halaven(Eribulin) it really did wonders for me.....I had 16 months of it working. So it’s a good drug and very few side effects....10 minutes for infusion too.
best of luck to you daughter with itxx
Teri, what is a Y90?please
Have just just looked it up...as my liver mets are tiny widespread seeds...it would be a bit impossible to use y90
I have hormonal bc. I have mets in my spine, pelvis and right shoulder, my lungs and did have a 4 cm tumour in my liver which shrank and no longer shows on ct scans. There are only a few more chemos I can try when this stops working so Eribulin has got to keep working. It’s positive thinking!
Hope your daughter is ok with her first cycle.
Hello, sorry I’ve not posted for a while...those of you who have recently joined..welcomexx this chemo is a real joy and so much nicer than many....just ten minutes in the chair and minimal side effects...so I. Hope. you have a easy ride on itxxx
Hi Teri and Helen 44,
I have just been to see oncologist to get results of CT scan. Bones are still healing and nothing showing on liver. I’ve been on Eribulin for 9 months and starting cycle 13 on Friday. I hope results are as good at next scan.
Sorry it’s stopped working for you Helen, I only managed 2 cycles of Docataxel and that was enough. Hope they find something else for you. I know there aren’t many options left for me after this.
Teri this is the best chemo I have had. My hair thinned at first but now have a good head of hair, Get a lot of fatigue but no sickness. Good luck to your daughter.
HI , so herd your thought Erublin was not to bad ,, do you still feel that way? MY daughter starts tomorrow and very scared to do chemo again , any positive words..
Hi , my daughter is starting Halavan tomorrow, hrs will last 10 miutes so they say , so side effects are not to bad?? She has read good and bad stuff on the internet but hopefully most of you had found it easier than other .
oh dear Debbie!
Chemo does seem to make its opinion known at the most embarrassing times
i meant to post last week but got busy and didn't get it done. My chemo treatment last week was easy but later that night was not. My husband and I and some friends went out to eat. Great meal, good conversation. But after two bites of dessert, my stomach was not happy. I looked at my husband and told him that we needed to leave, NOW!! As we started to make our way out, so did the contents of my stomach. I was so embarrassed.
Everyone with us understood the situation.
Since then, I have had a little nausea in the mornings, but it is getting better. My hair is coming out by the handful. It started a couple days ago. Oh well, I had the same thing happen a couple years ago while on Taxol. It's only hair. It will take less time now to get ready for work and who cares if it rains!! I'm having it cut very short this afternoon. Will make it easier for t.he rest of it to fall,out.
No treatment today, just bloodwork. Another easy day!
Talk to you again soon.
I went straight from Capecitebine to Eribulin and felt just the same as you- in one word "phew"!!
Good luck with your treatment, let us know how you get on
Hi Phillips, yes one of the few chemos I look fondly back on.....
hope it it works well for youxx
I was just reading everyone's positive remarks about eribulin. I swapped from Capecitebine & feel so much better now on eribulin....on 6th cycle now. Major hair thinning after the 1st cycle, but apart from that feet, hands are amazing now & energy levels are so much better than before. So encouraging to hear some people are on for many many cycles. Will know if it's doing the job in a few weeks time. But I feel like a different person so that's good. Good luck to everyone else on eribulin too.
Hi, there, you know what, I think it was quite quickly....but I did stop washing it very often...like now actually! And I had got a couple of wigs from last time, but I went up and ordered one fairly early, I also wore those little headscarf’s that are ready made, eg with elastic at the back. I keep meaning to mention ‘Heathers hair’ on here..they are a charity who make headbands with real hair on, so you can wear them under a cap or scarf and you have a fringe,* or even an all round short bob.*
it is free, but as it’s a charity, they like small donation.xx I have two of those myself.*
Had my first treatment yesterday. Was amazed at length of treatment-only 5 minutes!! Tolerated it well, haven't had any side effects yet. Have next treatment on Friday next week. Will see how that one goes. To those who have lost hair: when did the hair loss start?
hi Clarisse Debbie
after your other chemos I think you'll LOVE Eribulin!
good luck today, hope everything goes smoothly
thanks for the update, its so annoying when things take so long.
My onco was muttering about trying hormone drugs together in combo to try and prevent a recurrence but we didn't get very far with discussions.
I'll keep popping back to hera your updates, you're in my thoughts
Thanks for the info, Moijan
I will let you know how everything is going after my treatment on Friday.
Hi Clarice, after taxol you should find Eribulin a doddle.xx
have a scan back through the thread to see what side effects you might get...but I did lose my hair, it came back slowly whilst on the chemo. Most of us found the erib pretty tolerable and it worked for about 15 months for me. The drip is about 10 minutes and I drove to and from the hospital, about half an hour.
was getting no side effects other than my hair really. I did get cellulitis, but have lymphoedema so that was a given.
welcome to the thread xx
I am starting Eribulun next week. I'm not sure what to expect. This will be my 3rd chemo drug. Started with Taxol for 9 months and lost hair. I got good results, but neuropathy was getting bad. Next was Xeloda, hair came back. I was on this for 9 months. Got good results until last scan.
Any advice about Eribulun? WillI lose my hair with this one?
good luck with with your mri results...I normally get asked to start a new treatment the day after. Not sure about getting erib out of your system, eg how long.
Hi Helen 44
yes I Had 16 but the scan I had on the 9 th of jan showed progression I presume I will have to wait while eribulin gets out my system I have not heard from the chemo specialist nurse practitioners about going getting the information about Taxotere but I have just received appointment for onc for mid March, I am waiting for bone scan which I will have next week so when I ring my breast care nurse to tell her I have had it I will mention not hearing from the chemo nurses and double check what I presume is right because I do not recall hearing onc saying anything other than I would hear from the nurses
good luck with your treatment I hope it carries on working for you
nice to hear from you none of the hormones worked for me either but when I was on exemestanen it was given with everolomus of which I could not have has I had had to many other treatments can not remember now if it was only 1 chemo and 1 hormone but you can look it up plus they may have changed the combo in last 2/3 years
hi Nicky, Kay and withasmile,
i too would be really interested to hear WIthasmile about any suggestions you might have about combos, thank you.
Hi withasmile - thanks for the good wishes. It was a bit of a shock as all other hormones I’ve been in have given me many months or years of stability so I wasn’t expecting this one not to do the same. I have already asked my onc to speak to the Marsden for a second opinion - I don’t need an appointment there at this moment as they have all my up to date notes and recentliver biopsy results so they should be able to say what it best or if there is a trail that would be available although I don’t think there it’s one at the moment. I also have the MRI booked and am emphasising the need to get a move on as I was in the position this time last year and it took ages to get a decision about what treatment was or was not suitable.
When you say that your oncologist has suggested using hormones in combo do you mean with other drugs, chemos or two hormones together? I’m interested as any suggestions or ideas that other ladies oncologists have regarding treatment is always worth knowing.
hi Kay and Nicky
I just popped in to see how you all are, and am sorry to hear your latest news.
Kay- good luck with the new regime.
Nicky, I will be interested to hear about your next option. Exemestane (indeed none of the oestrogen inhibitors) worked for me individually, but the onc had been talking about using them in combo when the need arose.
Love to you all
Sorry to hear this Kay. I was doing well on eribulin but was advised to stop after 8 cycles as the oncologists felt my bone marrow might become infiltrated/compromised. Anyway that didnt seem to happen once I was on exemestane (sp?) for 3 months. Unfortunately this does not seem to have stopped my only visible liver met from increasing in size (everything else in the liver including this one had shrunk/disappeared on eribulin) so I'm now playing the waiting game to see what the next option is. The only thing I would say I have been grateful for those few months off chemo - even if its as kind as eribulin was - I've really noticed a difference with my energy levels etc and the freedom from not going to the hospital so many times. However it did keep me stable so I guess it is swings and roundabouts!