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I did 3rd round of AC, one more next Thursday, then 4 rounds of taxol. I hear everyone say taxol is easier than AC, is it true?

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 6 years
 
  • Nikol Vega Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Taxol is easier on the body, you won't feel nausea or fatigue or any of the other side effects from AC. I developed a mild rash on my cheekbone with taxol. I also had bone pain.
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  • Elizabeth Flanigan Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had the same 4AC dose dense followed by 4 Taxol dose dense. While I agree that Taxol was much easier for me, it did pose its own set of issues. I found the peripheral neuropathy to be bothersome and the night sweats to interfere with my sleep. Be sure to tell your medical onco about any pain or neuropathy you experience. After my first Taxol, I was switched to abraxane (generic form) due to anxiety symptoms (the oncologist said that was part of what we know as restless leg syndrome) and my dose was lowered due to the "disco" type shooting pains that indicated my dose was too high. The Taxol wasn't the cause of the anxiety, but the Benedryl that had to be administered along with it, was. The abraxane was much better tolerated than the Taxol. I did lose the last remaining bit of my hair, and my eye lashes/brows...but within three weeks they were already growing back! So, in sum, be sure to tell your oncologist about any pain etc., it will help him/her judge whether your dose needs to be adjusted, etc. Also, because I felt so much better on the Taxol/Abraxane (like a bird that just grew wings!), I tended to "hit the ground running" so to speak after the last couple rounds. I paid for this later. Get your exercise, but REST and let your body recover.
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    anonymous
    Stage 0 Patient
    Taxol was a lot easier for me, I didn't experience any nausea or dizziness. However, taxol did make my body itch all over especially hands and feet. I took benadryl and it helped some. You may experience tingling in your hands and feet also but overall I felt much better with the Taxol. Good Luck and God Bless. Your half way to the finish line!
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  • Kavita Vora Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Totally agree with Nicole. No nausea at all. However with taxol, i did have bone pain and unbearable tingling in feet for couple of days but then my recovery was much faster. For burning tingling feet, I used to soak my feet in iced water as much as I could. That helped. Good luck. My prayers for u.
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    • Alice Eisele Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      Oh ya, i forgot about the neropathy. Felt like walking on hot coals. The ice water sounds like a good idea.

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  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Taxol was easier for me. The body aches were tough but I would take that over nausea and mouth sores any day! Take pain killer and good luck!
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  • Shannon Cates Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Best of wishes to you. God Bless!!
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  • Nikol Vega Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Taxol is easier on the body, you won't feel nausea or fatigue or any of the other side effects from AC. I developed a mild rash on my cheekbone with taxol. I also had bone pain.
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  • Jeanne Arroyo Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thank you so much for the answers! When you guys said pains there and there, does it only last few days after each treatments? I hope! Is it something you guys can tolerate? I can't stand AC because of nausea issues even though I take anti-nausea meds! Also my med onco was happy I have been taking Effexor for 7 years because he said will help with. H
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    • Jeanne Arroyo Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      This app cut my message off!
      He said will help with hot flashes not not sure which chemo he refer to?
      I also will do herceptin after taxol, how is the herceptin work? Infusion thru port? Or injection? Or ?

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  • Patricia Stoop Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Well I can't say I enjoyed docetaxol other than it was a relief not to be nauseous. I lost my eyebrows and eyelashes and remained super-bald. Also lost a couple of toenails. And had pretty nasty bone pain but the doctors were very helpful with whatever I needed. I also became neutropenic 3 of 4 rounds - that's fever with low neutrophils - so had to spend alot of time in emerg and on antibiotics. (Even with the neupogen shots that were to raise white blood cells. ) Try to stay away from viruses if you can. Strict hand washing in the home! But despite all that I believe that docetaxol (and taxotere and the previous A/C rounds) saved my life and shrunk away those cancer cells....I kept in good spirits 80% of the time. I highly recommend meditation and visualizing the chemo as liquid gold healing your body.... Thoughts and prayers with you!!!
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  • Christina H Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Yes, I had issues with AC/Cytoxin... the nausea, the mouth sores, the hair loss,,, fatigue, etc... but honestly, this was a walk in the park compared to Taxol. Taxol nearly killed me. I was deathly afraid of the taxane family, since I suffer with arthritis... afraid of the bone pain. OMG.... Taxol, I had EXCRUCIATING bone pain from head to toe. I was alternating 3 advil with 2 oxycodones and it was just touching the pain (oncologist wanted to hospitalize me and put me on a morphine drip)... I had to use a walker to go from bedroom to bathroom. But that was nothing because I developed an allergy to it. Hands swelled up like ballons and I couldn't close them. I was put on steroids and benadryl I had to take all the time. I did NOT want to do another round; but oncologist convinced me to try taxotere and go on a 3 week cycle, not 2 dose-dense and NOT to give me my Nuelasta shot that could have also added to the bone pain. Well I agreed... and I only had pain from knees to toes (still have shooting pains in legs one month out)... but then the allergic reaction started 5 days after... hands had 2nd-degree-like burns... skin peeling from hands and feet. I was treated like a burn victim. ... had to go for daily treatments of intravenous steroids, benadryl and dilatid for pain... and given cream they give to burn victims. I lost all eyebrows and most lashes too..... Oncologist was convinced that I was HIGHLY allergic to the taxane family and was thrilled I made it through 6 out of 8 (4 of AC/Cytoxin) treatments and now I'm on my radiation plan. Best Wishes....
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    • Patricia Stoop Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yup - morphine became my friend due to the bone pain from taxol plus neupogen...... And 6 months later I still have some bone pain. But miraculously, glucosamine works wonders for it.... Hope you have great rad therapists!!! Heal well

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  • Pamela Giacinto Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    The taxol didn't make me throw up. That was the wonderful part. :) The not so great parts included aches for a couple of days after treatment and nerve damage. But it was definitely better than the
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  • Pamela Giacinto Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Sorry I got cut off. :). To finish, it was better than the AC. Good luck!
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  • Shannon Cates Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I did four rounds of adriamycin/cytoxan to start. I am now on Taxol and Herceptin weekly. I just had my 6th treatment of the Taxol and while it does have its own set of side effects...muscle aches, some tingling not too bad, and radiating pain in different locations...it beats the A/C treatment anyday for me. My hair is growing back some. I never lost my eyebrows. My eyelashes did thin out a great deal. I still have to shave my legs.. GRRRR!! Someone told me that Aleve and Claritan combined helps with the body aches. I thought it was crazy, but I found that it works. Skipping it I can tell a huge difference. The only thing I do not like is the steroids from all of this is making me gain some serious weight and be emotional. Though I was more emotional with the AC. I do not know what it was but while on AC I cried constantly and anxiety was an issue for me. The steroids do not make me hungry at all, but they still cause me to retain an extreme amount of fluids and have some aggressiveness. Hot flashes...My doctor has prescribed me clonidine twice a day. Hot flashes are gone. I miss even one dose and I will have a hot flash. I still have six more Taxol and Herceptin treatments weekly. Then I will continue with Herceptin for another 6-9 months. I also have 6 weeks of radiation to do sometime after my Taxol treatments.
    over 6 years Flag
    • Christina Scarpino Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Super helpful. I'm having the same treatment.

      over 1 year Flag
  • Alice Eisele Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2009
    Taxol is a little easier on your body, it's true. There are still side effects but nausea isn't as bad. That being said, if you are going to ha e problems, it will happen on your second round. Sometimes you have an adverse reaction to the infusion. When they tell you to let them know if you feel anything strange, they mean it. I had a reactions, rash and rapid drop in bp. They had to stop the treayment. I was able to do it another day, but at a slower raye and with more premeds. the good news is your half way done! You'll be fine. You go girl!
    over 6 years Comment Flag

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