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   Posted 1/10/2007 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
redface    Hi Everyone.  I'm new to the forums.  I completed by first four of AC and now going to start four of Taxotere before having surgery at the end of March.  I got alone fine with AC but was wondering about the TAxotere. Appreciate some info on this one.  Thanks a bundle.

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   Posted 1/10/2007 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi llmac :)
I had the four AC and four Taxotere too.  The biggest issue I had with Taxotere was some bone and muscle aches, so you might want to talk to your oncologist if you already have other conditions such as arthritis.  Most of mine were handled with Motrin or Tylenol, but towards the end I was on prescription meds to cover the pain.
I hope you continue to do well and keep posting :)
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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 239
   Posted 1/10/2007 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
llmac,get a prescription for pain meds just in case.My legs hurt me so bad,thank goodness its temporary. Tammy

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   Posted 1/11/2007 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I had major problems with AC, so they cut my cycles short (only had 2 instead of 3)and went right into the surgery. After the mast, I had 12 rounds of Taxatere and had many less problems. I did have some problems with aches and VERY watery eyes, then had some problems with my hands becoming "burned" and a couple of fingernails falling off. It was a lot of "little stuff" compared to what went on with the AC with me. Glad you did okay with that. Just goes to show that it hits us all differently. It's just all scary but will come out alright in the end, so just hang in there girl. You'll do great.

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   Posted 1/12/2007 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Me too with the body aches.  I used a perscription of painkillers and it did the trick.  was able to work and all.
Good luck. 
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   Posted 1/13/2007 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
For me, Taxotere wasn't bad.  Just some nausea that was helped with meds.  I didn't have any aches like the others.  Just goes to show, everyone responds differently.  Good luck.
L & H,

curly k
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   Posted 1/18/2007 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi all,

I'm new as of this minute.  I have just completed 4 chemo treatments of FEC and 4 of Taxotere.  There is a supplement powder called L-Glutamine that does wonders to reduce if not eliminate the debilitating pain from the Taxotere.  The nurses in the chemo clinic suggested it to me - they recommend it to the patients on Taxol.  We found a large container for a very reasonable price at a store that supplies athletes, as this is a product they use for extreme exercise.  The regular daily dose is 1 tsp dissolved in any hot liquid.  I took this for the entire interval between chemo treatments and on the day before chemo started on the 'Taxotere regime' which was 2 tsp three times a day for 4 days.  My pain was cut by 90% and I needed maybe one Advil a day for two days.  My first experience with the Taxotere knocked me to my knees for 3 days!

I found that the Taxotere was cumulative over the 4 treatments - each time took longer for the side effects to subside.  The last one was the worst (of course!).  Numbness and tingling in the fingers and feet, fluid retention, furry tongue and I even ended up with shingles when my white count was down!

I am booked for mastectomy next week and then radiation.  Anyone else do it in this order?  Any advice?

Curly k

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/19/2007 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
eyes  CURLY K--
Thanks for the advise on Taxotere.  I had a bigger lump, so I had to have chemo before hand. I will have surgery in March and then rads. It is a week today for my Taxotere.  I can't wait until I finish the chemo!!!!!

curly k
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/22/2007 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi llMac,

I also had a large tumour - plum size, then 2 more emerged over the course of the chemo -- it shrunk them beautifully, but the power of the cancer to hide from mammograms, ultrasounds and aggressive manual palpations is unbelievable.  My mastectomy is tomorrow, so I'll probably be posting again on Thursday or Friday and let y'all know how it went.  The radiation will depend on the results of the tissue sampling - of course I'm hoping for the simplest, quickest routine, but there are no guarantees.  Best of luck with the rest of your chemo.

Curly k


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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 1/24/2007 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Illmac- Large tumor here too (4.5 cm) dx in 2001, had 4 rounds of taxotere after A/C and FEC and Herceptin for 1 year. From what I remember, there was no nausea, but the beds of my nails and toes ached (I took Advil) and I was hungry for a day or so from the steroid (decadron maybe?) that they gave me before administering the taxotere. I remember it as being 'easier' than the A/C or FEC regimen.

Curly K - I will be praying for you with your mast. I had a bilat. mast in 2001 and it went well.... recovery wasn't so bad, I was up and around in a day or so... good luck and hope it goes smoothly,

hugs to you both!
"It's been worth everything I've been through,
 To do what I do"

                       To Do What I Do   -Alan Jackson, 2004

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