Today I begin my first treatment of my third cycle of Doxetaxel (Taxotere)/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Docetaxel
. For the most part, I believe that I am tolerating it well. Most of the side effects that I experienced in my first two treatments have mostly subsided. Some of the side effects that I continue to experience are Flushing of the face however my oncologist believes that this is a harmless side effect. She did however suggest that I reduce Dexamethasonewww.drugs.com/dexamethasone.html
to a half dose. So instead of taking two 4 mg tablets twice a day on the day before and day after, for this treatment I only took one 4 mg tablet. Lets see how I react post treatment.
A new side effect that I experienced was a rash around my neck. It began around the area where my port was installed and travelled the full distance around my neck. I watched it closely for signs of infection but nothing really remarkable. I started applying peroxide to the area multiple times during the day but this caused my skin to dry out so I finished the application with lotion. I have since noticed that my neck, and arms have become more sensitive to light so I have started applying sunscreen on a daily basis.
As far as Neuropathy, I am not sure if I am experiencing any. My fingernails have become a little sensitive and I have noticed that my fingernails seem to be hemorrhaging around the center of my index, center and ring fingers on both hands. I will talk with the oncologist about
Last, I experienced a sty in my eye that lasted for about
10 days. Because this is a bacterial infection, it caused my neutrophils to be slightly higher. Hope this doesn't bump me from Chemo today. I will bring it up and lets hope that the doc doesn't mind.
Chemo crash is still hard to take. Happens about
the Friday after treatment and lasts until the middle of Sunday. My oncologist and Ed suggested that Claritan. Still need to pick it up. She also prescribed Norco which I did not know was also known as Hydrocodone. Haven't tried it yet but if my homeopathic remedy does not help, I think I might give it a try.
So other than being a little more tired, I think I am handling it quite well. Lets hope this will knock the beast back and give me a few more years. :
11/13 psa 240
DX 10/2013 PSA 187.5
PSA HIST 07/11,3.31;3/10,1.87,3/06,.87
Biopsy 10/28/13; 11/12 cores positive gs 9 (4+5)
BNSCN 12/09/2013 2 hot spots in spine
ADT 12/17/2013 22mg lupr, 50 mg Cas
BN biopsy 01/09/2013 neg
RALP 2/19/14 NN,LVI,Path T3BNX,MX, pros size 4.2 X 4 X 3 cm, 31 grm.Post Op PSA 3/14 .6, 6/14<.1;9/8,;.6;12/8, 1.2;3/9/15 3.9;6/2/15 23
12/14 CT SCAN; 1/15 BNSC