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Tomorrow is my 1st of 4 chemo treatments. Getting Cytoxan and Taxotere! Taking steroid pills today - dexamethasone. Have my 3 kinds of nausea meds ready to go for after chemo. Any thoughts or suggestions? I know I can/will do this but scared to death!

Kendra Klindt Profile
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anonymous

stage_1 Patient almost 6 years
 
  • Mimi Carroll Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Drunk lots if fluid today... And keep drinking to flush it out.... Most of the time T/C is not the scary combination. I wish you well. Remember to have infusion nurses number posted at home in case you have questions.
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  • André Roberts Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    Great attitude! Yes you can do this! Drink lots of water. Rest when needed, but walking helps too. Take your meds before you need them. Easier to treat then to take away. Use plastic ware to help with the metal taste. Eat what you want. It's all trial and error. What is good one day may not be the next. Prayers to you.
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  • Betti A Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    That's the same protocol I had, orginally was told it would be 4-6 and ended up with 4. Actually according to my paperwork I was given the generic Taxotere called Docetaxol. For my first 2 infusions the only steroid I had was in the IV before starting the chemo. drugs but my doctor prescribed some to take the day before and the day after chemo. in addition to that given in the IV. Keeping your body hydrated is key. I also had a Neulasta shot the day after infusions. It will be over before you know it.
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    • Yvonne Ward Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      The steroids will help reduce the likelihood of having a reaction from the Taxotere and will help with the nausea. They don't guarantee you won't have a reaction just reduce the chances. They are usually a small dose given for about 3-4 days...

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      The steroids will help reduce the likelihood of having a reaction from the Taxotere and will help with the nausea. They don't guarantee you won't have a reaction just reduce the chances. They are usually a small dose given for about 3-4 days depending on your oncologist. Most women are worried about weight gain but the low dose for that many days don't normally cause significant weight gain.

      Oncology RN

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    • Kolleen Rynkowski Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I hope mine goes as smooth as yours. I am having the same 2 drugs and I think I am getting started next week. I'm scared.

      about 5 years Flag
  • Gillian Ashworth Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I'm just about to have my 3rd of 4 TC treatments. Like said, drinks loads and loads of water. It helps so much. Don't et lazy on it - I did one day and noticed a difference. I had an issue with the dosage of steroids. My oncologist reduced it for my second treatment and I feel like I breezed through it. Chemo isn't as bad as I anticipated. My hair started to she's on day 17, lightly for a few days, then in clumps. When over half my hair was gone, my hubby shaved my head. Surprisingly I felt better once my head was shaved. I'm on mat leave and have my mom staying with us so fortunately can rest when needed. I sleep usually 1-3 hours more than I normally would, even on my rougher days. Best of luck to you...it's very very doable.
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  • T H Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    Many hugs to you Kendr stay strong..
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  • mary alexander Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Just make sure you get plenty of fluid sand res. you might get lucky and suffer few side effects but if you do . be sure to pamper yourself as much as possible
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  • lake lady Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    Keep a good attitude. This time next year you will feel so much better! Stay strong.
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I did 6 infusians of taxotere/cytoxan. Use your pre meds!! Don't be scared. I worked through my chemo. Infusian on Thursday back at ny desk on Tuesday.
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  • sophie s Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    Hi Kendra, Wow we are on the same Schedule ! I started TC chemo (4 total every three weeks) 1 week ago. How are you doing ? I am managing ok, I got very tired 3 days later when the steroids began to wear off and seem to need about 9 hours of sleep each night. I took clariton with the neulasta so I just had a few aches but nothing too bad. I have had canker sores off and on most of my life so I am doing lots of rinsing with baking soda and Biotene and using biotene toothpaste and staying away from hot or spicy food. My nose is starting to bleed a little to which is annoying. My temp and heart rate is finally normal. All the best to you.
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  • sharon m Profile
    anonymous
    stage_4 Patient
    Just had my first TC today. Wasn't as bad as I had feared. Sitting at home feeling OK. Got plenty of meds for nausea. I was scared too, but just go with it, you will be OK. One down and three to go is the way I am looking at it. Next one will be half way etc. drinking plenty of water. Keep yourself focused on the finishing line. It will be over very soon. Relax and be kind to yourself,.
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    • Kolleen Rynkowski Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sharon how are you doing now? I am start TC tomorrow.

      about 5 years Flag
    • sharon m Profile
      anonymous
      stage_4 Patient

      The body does recover from the TC and you will get thru it. Unfortunately I have recurrence of BC, starting chemo today with different drugs, 6 months after finishing the TC. Think it's easier to just deal with everything one step at a time....

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      The body does recover from the TC and you will get thru it. Unfortunately I have recurrence of BC, starting chemo today with different drugs, 6 months after finishing the TC. Think it's easier to just deal with everything one step at a time. Wishing you all the best.. God bless x

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    • Kolleen Rynkowski Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sharon how do you get a reoccurrence after being on chemo that soon? I'm so sorry to hear this.

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  • leslie adkins Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Don't listen to horror stories. I breezed thru. And every time I heard " so&isolated had all kinds of problems", I responded it wasn't me, and no thank you, but I didn't want to hear it. Even teased the chemo nurse.
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