Hi, Ive just posted something similar. I had a reaction to docetaxal yesterday and it was stopped. They said they’d normally resume it but said they’d definitely nit resume and have booked me in to try again next week. I’m not keen to say the least! I’m pre surgery with radiotherapy to follow. Also started herceptin and perjeta injections yesterday.
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Hi, Its my first time posting so I'll give a history. Sorry it's a bit long! Nov 20 found breast lump whilst in shower - just before my 38th birthday. Dec 20 seen by bcn and had ultrasound. Was told it was most likely an old bruise and to come back in 3 months if it hadn't gone for another ultrasound and biopsy. March 21 biopsy confirmed grade 2 bc, her2+, er+, not spread to lymphnodes. Titanium marker put on tumour. Full body CT scan confirmed no cancer spread. Never been 100% sold on chemo but was told the lump was 5cm x 2.5cm x 1.8cm so surgery first wasn't advisable. Apr 21 3 x EC chemo started. Side effects ok. Increased acid reflux, Filgrastim issues so cut those out and white blood cells returned to normal on their own. Numbness in head and fingers and lots of pain in arms (veins) from chemo. Palpitations, racing heart rate, hot all of the time. On the whole though, 10 bad days, 10 good days. May 21 told it had spread to on nearby lymph. June 21 went forward ultrasound and titanium marker on lymphnode. I'd had 2 x EC at this point. Radiographer couldn't find any cancer on any lymphnodes and tumour had shrunk by 50%. Finished 3 x EC and yesterday went for my first Docetaxal and new herceptin and perjeta injection. Injection was fine but very quickly reacted to the docetaxal. Sensation in my shoulder, moved to my chest, tight chest, hot flushed face, difficult to breath, hot chest and back, white spots in front of eyes. All happened very quickly. Nurses and doctor were great, chemo stopped and pumped full of drugs. Oxygen was low so was monitored and put on oxygen and had a flush. They said they usual wait for the episode to pass then restart slowly after 10-30 mins, but they said there's no way they'd restart and booked me in to try again next week. I was already on a reduced dose. Obviously I'm VERY reluctant to try again. I was already considering not having anymore chemo, so this has virtually made my mind up. I'm more than happy to move on to surgery now then radiotherapy. They said that if I stop chemo I can still continue with the herceptin and perjeta injections and I'm more than happy with that! Any experiences of reactions similar to mine or of peoplestopping chemo would be really greatly received. It's such a hard decision when it's your life you're having to make these decisions about and there really is no room for error!
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