Stage 2A Patient
Yes, I just finished all of my chemo rounds. I did 4 rounds of A/C, every two weeks. Then, I did 4 rounds of Taxol, every two weeks. The Adriamyacin (A) is the one that causes your hair to fall out. Mine started falling out on day three of my second treatment, so day 18 from starting treatments. I recommend just shaving your head the minute you feel like your hair is falling out. You are the one in charge!!!
My sense of smell and taste were really effected with the A/C. I couldn't even smell the hand soap we use or it would get me nauseous. I highly recommend getting fragrance free products. You will get super fatigued and nauseated. Just remember to rest and take your anti-nausea meds. I took Zofran for days 2-4 and then was fine after that. Until the next round of course!
With the Taxol I have had much different side effects. I, of course, am still fatigued. However, I have neuropathy (numbness and tingling) all over my body (even my tongue), but it has settled mainly to just my hands and feet now. I am hoping this won't last too much longer since I will not be having any more chemo!!! Some of my other side effects are night sweats and hot flashes, heart palpitations, headaches, and metal taste in my mouth.
You will feel gross, but, it works and worth it. My tumor has shrunk considerably (started at 5 cm). I find out exactly how much this next week. I will be having my mastectomy at the end of the month, then radiation, then 5 years of hormone therapy and reconstruction probably a year from now.
You can do it. Get help with meals and housework, and child care (if applicable). We are here to help you get through this.
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