Chemo Question...ACT/neulasta

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cagio1
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   Posted 8/20/2009 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
hello
I am starting 8 rounds of chemo in 2 weeks.  I was wondering if you have had the ACT mixture (4 of AC and 4 of T) and what advice you can give regarding side effects, etc.  I understand everyone reacts differently but... some first hand account info. is also very important. 
Also, I have heard mixed reviews on the side effects of Neulasta.  I am 40 years old.  Is it true the younger you are, the more bone pain you will feel?  Also, has anyone used anything other than over-the counter pain killers to help with this pain?  If so what worked for you.
thank you
Chris
DX with (pan colitis) UC 9/02 while pregnant
Calcium multivitamin
Iron (alot every day.. perpetually anemic)
Librax, 3x day
Mild bronchial asthma too
6MP 75mg started beginning of May 09
Entocort 2 3 mg tabs day


JUJU8872
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   Posted 8/20/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I did not have Neulasta but maybe this will give you some perspective. My sister had A/C, 4 of them, 3 weeks apart and part of her treatment was a Neulasta shot every time. I do not know whether this was her doctor wanting this or whether her blood showed the need. She was always tired. For me, I had 4 AC, once every 3 weeks, and 12 weekly Taxols. I had blood work each time and the only time my blood work was low enough for the doc to suggest Neulasta was after the 4th AC and before the 1st Taxol. Blood work was just at the threashold. I asked if I could wait a week, and they agreed. It seemed to work. I never experienced any bone pain. My sis and I were in our 50's when diagnosed.
 
There are other ladies here who can better advise you regarding this med, and by the way, whatever meds the docs give you, i.e. for nausea, the sleeping pills, TAKE THEM. It is getter to be proactive than to react to these problems.
 
Good Luck!
Judy
 

cagio1
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   Posted 8/20/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the information. The doc said every infusion I will get neulasta. I will keep an eye on the bllodwork and see if it is really going to be always needed. Chris
DX with (pan colitis) UC 9/02 while pregnant
Calcium multivitamin
Iron (alot every day.. perpetually anemic)
Librax, 3x day
Mild bronchial asthma too
6MP 75mg started beginning of May 09
Entocort 2 3 mg tabs day


JUJU8872
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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 349
   Posted 8/22/2009 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Oops, I just noticed that you are perpetually anemic. I suspect that with that history your cell count and HCT will always be low and that your doctor is being cautious.
 
Judy

Kattbird
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   Posted 9/7/2009 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I really didn't have any side effects that I was aware of. I just eventually got tired from the chemo treatments themselves.
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