15-05-2015 04:54 PM
Sorry but i'm afraid the Tax does seem to cause aching. Mine was muscles joints etc. I took Codeine Phosphate 30mg at night which was great for getting a better sleep. Of course the steroids given with Chemo will also be preventing you from sleeping. Only two more to go then you're done....I would definately ask for some stronger painkillers.
Good luck with the rest of your treatment. Gilly x
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Hi everyone - I finished chemo 6 weeks ago, although still have herceptin/pertuzamab every 3 weeks. I used the cold cap throughout (6 x Taxotere) and have kept the majority of hair although it is a lot thinner than before. It is really worth persevering , I felt 6 weeks of discomfort were worth it instead of 6 months without hair.
On the subject of specs I bought some cheap folding ones from Wilko, about £5 I think, and only opened half of arms and this worked for me. Good luck with the cold cap ladies. Marli xx
09-05-2015 06:01 PM
Hi Lulu, I had my first chemo treatment yesterday and used cold cap. Tips: take paracetamol beforehand (and during if the 4hrs runs out). Nurse should spray hair lightly with water+conditioner, makes it easier to take it off. Take a cotton Alice band got protect your ears and your forehead at the touching point. It takes a couple of attempts to get a tight fit, it's really important as any gaps or bubbles will encourage hair loss. I didnt wear my glasses, but nurse suggested bringing an old, bashed pair so I guess it's possible. Might try ear buds and music next time too. Keep warm, extra blanket was avail, and drink warm drinks. Keep the injection arm warm, I forgot and wondered why my hand was hurting! It was cold...I did get a headache during first 10 mins but paracetamol was effective. It extended the time by 1.5hrs. And I looked like I was about to be shot from a cannon according to my 19yr old son beside me. When I got home I washed my hair with Simple shampoo and conditioner, gently towelled dry and left it to dry naturally. Put a silky nightdress over my pillow last night, and woke up 8 hrs later. So far, so good. Hope this helps xx
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29-04-2015 05:58 PM
I've got stage 3, 6 cm lump and five nodes infected. I seem to be having the same treatment as yourself and start my first chemo in two weeks time. Good luck with all your treatment and stay in touch x
29-04-2015 05:38 PM
Please let me know how the cold cap was as I am thinking of having one as start chemo in two weeks time.
Thank you everyone for the tips I've picked up by reading this. I am terrified but knowing you are all out there undergoing the same does give me strength xx
29-04-2015 05:29 PM
Ive read to just keep eating plenty of fresh fruit and veg and wheatgrass is good for white blood count and Aloe vera to settle the stomach. Best wishes x
29-04-2015 05:12 PM
Hi I also start my chemo in a few weeks time and other's have suggested lemon and honey for the metallic taste, also pineapple lollies to help with sickness.
29-04-2015 05:04 PM
I'm due my chemotherapy in two weeks time. I didn't know whether to try the cold cap or not but I think I may try it now. Was your body temperature cold or due to cold cap or did you wrap up?