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Chemo options the third time around

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Re: Chemo options the third time around

Hi Kathy,

It was scheduled weekly, so already a lower dose. The reaction came within seconds of the infusion starting and my consultant was reluctant to try it again.

Thanks for responding!

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Re: Chemo options the third time around

Were you planned to have weekly Taxol or 3 weekly? If 3 weekly, you might find the lower dosage of weekly treatment has fewer side effects.

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Re: Chemo options the third time around

Hi

 

I finished chemo in May 2017, but I got on fine with Abraxane. Yes, there were SEs, but they didn’t last. The chemo gave me really bad indigestion for the first day ( but fixed by gaviscon or rennies), I had some muscle weakness for a bit, and tastes changed and I couldn’t face certain foods. But overall it didn’t affect me too badly....I was just so glad to get off the steroids I had with FEC!

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Re: Chemo options the third time around

Thanks Tessa,

 

This sounds really interesting, so thank you for sharing the information and I will certainly raise it with my oncologist.

Is it working out OK for you without any reactions / side effects?

 

I can see it's still Paclitaxel wrapped up in a different way, but they've clearly developed this because of the severe allergic reactions. I was told this was a rare occurence, and yet a woman in the ward alongside me had a very similar experience.

 

On the one hand you want to rely on the expertise of your oncologist, but at the same time want to be armed with enough information to ask the right questions.

Thanks again

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Re: Chemo options the third time around

Hi,

 

I am not in the same situation as you re 3rd occurrence, but my oncologist changed my planned regime, which was going to be 3 weekly docetaxel or weekly Paclitaxol, as I couldn’t tolerate the dosage of steroids required. Instead I had Abraxane, which is also a taxane, but is usually given where people have an extreme reaction to the other two. It’s a quick infusion, about 30 mins, and requires fewer additional drugs with it.

 

It is expensive and requires approval from the nhs Trust, but try asking if it’s an option for you.

 

Tessa

 

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Chemo options the third time around

Hello, I've had breast cancer twice before resulting in double mastectomy and lymph node removal on both sides. The first time in 2006, I was given FEC chemo, and the second time in 2102, it was Taxotere.

Unfortunately I have suffered a local recurrence on both sides. Lumps have been removed, and the CT scan showed no evidence of distant spread, but the oncolcogist suggests an aggressive approach to deal with any rogue cells,.

I started my first cycle of Paclitaxol yesterday but suffered an extreme reaction and it had to be stopped.

 

I just wondered if anyone else had been in a similar position and what chemotherapy regime they were offered. It seems the options narrow as you progress!