I stood up to brush my teeth and instantly felt better. As the insomnia increased, so did my mood swings. It was doable. Hair loss is usually gradual, but it can happen very quickly, possibly over a couple of days. Her body is going through so much right now. The major dose-limiting toxicity of this drug is reversible marrow suppression. January 8, 2016 katejig bald , breast cancer , Cancer , chemo , chemotherapy , cytoxan , hair loss , sickness , taxotere 2 Comments My husband just had his third chemo (Taxotere, i.e. But by the sound of it a lot of you needed that third week to recover, she won't have that. Was not nausea and did have trouble sleeping but it was more of staying asleep than not being able to go to sleep. Tell Donna to hang in there...and good luck to you Bob! I would definitely talk to Donna's doctor about the sleep issue. Yes, for those who freak out at that number, my treatment is to a degree experimental, and is being supervised by the director of an NIH partner cancer center. But nothing ever happened and it passed as soon as it happened. Lots of fatigue, sometimes diarrhea, sometimes a fever. I don't know about AC, but when I was on TC, I was told that it's not cumulative, so I would not be feeling worse as chemo progressed. When I went through chemo, I was down for 1 week each time. Small meals every 2-3 hrs worked the best for me. As for the Neulasta, I began with that day after #1, but when fevers settled in, my doc thought it might be from Neulasta, so I went to daily Neupogen shots following Taxotere #2-6. I am thankful to God that she has you as her supporter and encourager and a strength. With others, it is given for a few days in a row, or once a week. Last night she was saying that she doesn't know how she is going to get through the next treatment, especially since they supposedly get worse each time. Sleepless nights, yeah, very common and hard when you have to still get up to go to work. This time they dropped my doses by 20% for both the Taxotere and Carboplatin. The good news is that the first infusion "crash" for me was rather mild (basically slept for most of two days). After that, I have been okay - really tired and nothing tastes good so I am not eating well - but I learned from my first course of chemo that ended in April that I need to sleep when I am tired, so sometimes when I get home from work, I go right to sleep. NOTkidneystones said...JI find the mix of formats for peoples history a bit confusing, ... Post Edited (NOTkidneystones) : 7/18/2018 8:40:02 AM (GMT-6). Warning. Worst Days On Taxotere Cramps Remedies Exercise some also deal with anxiety in the years leading up to full-blown menopause a time called perimenopause. I have 2 weeks down and Infusion #2 is 1 week away... We'll do blood work Monday, n infusion Tuesday. Cycles are most often 2 or 3 weeks long. On the 6th day I could hardly get out of bed all day, just slept and felt dreadful. Charts like the one below show the damage an investor would have done if they missed out on just the best 25 days (out of 11,620) since 1970. so that I could totally veg out on Saturday and Sunday. Good luck to Donna, I hope she gets the rest she needs. Hopefully, you might escape the crash but incase you don't, do make sure to take ISU-Cyclone's advice and if interested, see my diary of my chemo treatment here: Your body will tolerate that first dose without too much trouble..But as time goes on and the treatments start to add up, the effect will become more pronounced..I take a couple of Dexamethasone the day before, the day of and the day after the infusion to suppress any allergic reaction. I went to Moes, and got a Chicken Bowl (double beans, no rice, 1st meat in about, /www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=3987553&g=4010036#m4010036. Taxotere’s Effect on Your Body. @Steve55777 Re:diet what do you eat that is not vegan? i had my first AC on June 10 (a Thursday), and the worst days for me were Sunday and Monday. It effects a person on every level possible. Good luck with round two NOTkidneystones! Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Good luck and take good care of her. HI, My first does of chemo was not so bad. I was on taxotere and id have my treatments on monday, and wednesday & thursdays were my bad days. I continued to run and lift weights. During administration I received decadron, benadryl and zofran. Many minor ones: loss of taste, all day tearing and runny nose, hair loss. Taxotere is used to treat breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, advanced stomach cancer, head and neck cancer as well as metastatic prostate cancer. Then yesterday; she was miserable all day; felt weak; and couldn't really describe the bad feeling in her body. But she got up (still a little wobbly)and is making her way through the rest of this round. I was 'tired' on days 3 & 4 on A/C but napping/resting helped. My reaction to Taxol was different. I never once became sick to the point of throwing up, etc. She is also tired of taking pills. It is an anti-nausous med and also helps you sleep. every Tuesday for 18 weeks straight .. love and hugs. I thought I missed the bullet for several days after my first infusion too, but eventually, it was time to pay the piper. WBC is a little low, so I will get NEULASTA... other test results aren't in yet. You are truly her hero and are to be applauded for that. One of the chemo nurses (the nice one) did call her yesterday and say if she wasn't feeling better today to come in and they could give her some fluids, but I think she is gonna make it through without it. Many husbands end up feeling so helpless and drained that they give up and don't know what else to do. Individual experiences and side effects differ widely from one man to another. Just met w Onc. Also, please look upward to God because you need Him to replenish you and guide you....otherwise this will drain you. Scalp cooling may stop you losing some or all of the hair on your head. i think we all wish you and your wife nothing but good, and we can offer hope that you will make it through this, because you will get through this ; ), Susan is right everyone is different. (I have a new tagline for Taxotere: “Taxotere, putting the tax on your liver since 1996.”) When you are getting chemo, your liver can have an indirect effect on keeping your white blood cells, monocytes and neutrophils at a healthy level. (the 2%) And did you crash change your diet? Love Ronda. Make sure she is getting alot of water, eat fruits and vegetables. I did however take 2 Ativan (Lorazepam) each night for week after the AC chemo just so I could sleep and take the edge off the feeling of anxiety. Tell Donna, it will get better, food will taste good again, but in order to keep her strenght up she must eat even if she is not hungry or just taste awful. Worst days when i was on 3chemo meds, taxotere, carbon, and Herceptin, were 3-5 days after. Of those who experienced pain during the seven days after treatment, the average rating for pain at its worst was 5.15 for muscle pain and 5.02 for joint pain. I was really good at that! It is administered intravenously through an IV. Great news on not getting a chemo crash. I have finished 4 cycles so far with 4 more to go. My last AC chemo was the easiest, the side effects were not that bad at all. The content on this site is for informational purposes only. Insomnia also made frequent visits during my chemo. TC is used to treat breast cancer.It may sometimes be used to treat other cancers. My onocologist prefers it to Taxol. On the eve of Oct 21 his temperature got to 101.3F in the evening so we went to the ER and they kept him in the hospital until they got his fever down and his white blood cells up. Neulasta shot .. threw me for a loop ... my acky body. They can be debilitating. But when I received THP (Docetaxel/Taxotere) I didn´t get these injections, as in this combo there is less chemo (one chemo drug as opposed to three). I worked through most of my chemo, but did take off Wednesday - Friday on the weeks of my infusions. Thanks for being such a grand support for her. God bless. Take care. Taxotere has been known to cause burning, tingling or numbness in your appendages due to nerve damage. n Generally, chemotherapy is not as toxic as we think. I did not get any worse for the remaining treatments. I was on taxotere, carbo and Herceptin. When I was going through my cancer treatment one of the doctors in the treatment facility told me no two patients they were currently treating (100’s) were on the same drug regimen, and no two patients had the same reaction to any of the drugs. Like many have stated, I was OK for the two days following and then felt like sh*t for two or three days and then was on the mend and better until the next treatment. Even if a patient feels that his chemotherapy is causing more grief than relief, it can be discontinued; there […] Days 1 & 7, I was tired but could function to some degree - I made it to infusions. Next time I will. The half-life of Taxotere is considered to be about 4 days (86 hours) before it drops to below 50% of the starting dose. Six X sixteen is 96 hours or approximately four days. For me the fatigue was a bit cumulative. After taking the early lead she got knocked down and almost couldn't get off the mat. Taxotere and Taxol have similar results on treating cancer and similar side effects – except only Taxotere has the potential to cause permanent hair loss even after chemo is completed. Wishing you continued success with no crashes. I'd have the chemo on Thursdays then by Sunday I was a mess and on Monday I was so sick and tired of it, that it SEEMED worse than it might have been. Good luck to her. Last night about 9:00 the fog started lifting. I'll be vigilant, and hydrated... My crash comes in the third to fifth day after, and is unpredictable. I was feeling like I was going to throw up, I felt like when you've drank way too much and you need to puke, but I sat on the edge of the bathtub, my husband brought a fan in and aimed it at me, I had a wet washcloth rubbed all over my face and for 15 minutes I thought I was gonna lose it. The 3rd week I just start to feel normal....and then whoops, time for another infusion to start the cycle. She keeps telling me that she is not strong enough to do this; and I tell her that she is stronger than she thinks she is. In some ways was easier, in others was more taxing (pun intended)! It controlled the nausea together with the meds. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions. Michele. The worst part for for me was self injecting neulasta after infusions. Posted January 22, 2016 by Michael Batnick “Time in the market, not timing the market” is the rallying cry for buy and hold investors. I hope she's feels better, my prayers are with you and she during this time. These first 4 days were the worst days for me but it did get better. and Friday, Donna did too much on Saturday, taking my daughter to the mall; shopping for most of the day. It is also a blessing that you are reaching out to find information from others going through the same thing so that you can help your wife. They did have "ice cubes", so I chewed those. Weekly taxol : which days will be worst Breast cancer. Jennifer, I too had AC followed by taxol. I just had another C-11 Acetate scan yesterday in Phoenix which confirmed the Lupron/Casodex/Taxotere regimen has worked for me. 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