diabetes following taxol

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   Posted 4/16/2009 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
smhair  Following my infusion of the chemo drug Taxol for breast cancer, I developed peripheral neuropathy, which the doctors said would dissapear when the chemo was stopped.  However, it has been one year and I still have the awful feeling in my feet and fingers.  The doctors now tell me that I am on the brink of Diabetes Type 2 and have to watch my diet. They also say that I may have had it before the Taxol was introduced.  Wouldn't they have checked that to be certain I didn't have Diabetes before giving it to me? Is it possible that the chemo caused my pancreas to stop functioning so as to cause this problem?      

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   Posted 4/16/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi eissal, welcome to HealingWell.  How frustrating.  You know we're not doctors here, but we've all been through various health matters and procedures not related to diabetes, so in my experience, yes, lab tests should have revealed elevated blood sugar at the time of those tests.  Is there any way you can see your family doctor and dig up blood test results from some years ago to most recently to see what your blood sugar readings were?  Maybe there was an upward trend but not severe enough in the doctor's opinion to address other than "watch".  Of course, you should have been told that but that's past history now.  I know know how chemo affects the pancreas; there might be many factors involved.  The only advice I can give is to deal with what you have now.  If they say you are on the brink of type 2, then you should have a blood sugar monitor to see what it is on a daily basis when you wake up (fasting) and about 2 hours after you eat a meal.  I realize this is one more thing on your plate, but for protection of your health, you do need to make sure you're not living with high blood sugar.  In the meantime, I'd get copies of past blood work (and always ask them to send hard copies to your home after you have labs done) and keep them for your records.  I'd speak with your family doctor at length about this, too.  Write your questions down before you go so you don't miss any.  Get a meter and record your blood sugar in a 'diary' or log along with what food you eat.  Check out any other meds that you're taking (google) to see if they might be affecting the blood sugar.  Read back over our old posts for more information.  Keep us updated with how you're dealing with this, ok?  I hope you're doing well after the chemo.

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   Posted 4/16/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Your question about the med causing your pancreas to quit working would put you into Type 1 overnight, not Type 2. Type 2 is when you make insulin but your body doesn't utilize it correctly or is resistant to your own insulin. Some Type 2 diabetics also slow down their insulin production. Either way, I did extensive research on Taxol's side effects and no citation of diabetes was found.

Best to do as Lanie says and start monitoring so you can get your numbers under control. Hope the cancer is all gone. Taxol is a rough therapy.
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