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    Posted: Aug 21 2014 at 12:48pm
Hello,

Today I am 4 weeks from my last Taxol, and for the past week I've had extremely watery eyes caused by closed tear ducts. I confirmed with my MO's office that this is a fairly common side effect on Taxol. Don't know how common it is to get it almost a month PFC. I'm seeing my opthalmologist today, but I had it several years ago and I know that if it doesn't go away on its own, you can go to a retinal plastic surgeon who will put a needle in the duct. Hoping to avoid that one.

Is there anyone out there with clogged tear ducts or watery eyes from chemo? And if so, how long did it last??

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DX TNBC 1/14; age 66; Stage 1; Grade 2; 1.2 cm; 0/2 nodes; lumpectomy; BRAC Neg; 4 DD AC; Completed 12 weekly Taxol July 2014; Radiation August 2014
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Well, hate to tell you this but I'm almost 6 years out from Taxol and my eyes go from dry, sticky in the morning to runny every day. I use a gel at night to keep them from drying out and drops during the day. My last eye checkup last year the doctor just said, you're doing the best you can, it's just a way of life now. I'm not a fan of anyone coming near my eyes so the option of any kind of surgery is not on my radar. Sorry.
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Mainsail, Have you been diagnosed with clogged tear ducts?
DX TNBC 1/14; age 66; Stage 1; Grade 2; 1.2 cm; 0/2 nodes; lumpectomy; BRAC Neg; 4 DD AC; Completed 12 weekly Taxol July 2014; Radiation August 2014
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Hi Ladies,
        I was on here a few days ago ..so today I had my 11th of 12 Taxol treatments..you all said make sure to finish it out and I want to do that..but my Dr said today that because I have neuropathy in my fingers he really is afraid that I may end up with permanent damage so he gave me today's treatment but is really leaning towards not doing number 12. He wants me to call him on Friday and if it has increased at all (and he asked me to be honest)then we will stop.So I'm faced with a dilemma .he is the head of the Breast Cancer center at Hopkins and assured me that I have received the benefit of the treatment that statics show a large percentage of ladies stop between 10 and 11 ..what are you all hearing from your dr's I would probably have to not be honest to get him to continue..I just don't want to be sorry later but my husband say's there are no gurantee's either way .. Just not sure which way to go??I would love to be done as these last 3 have been horrible for me but I have pushed thru...thanks,Kathy
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Hi Kathy,
I am having the same issue. I had Taxol #11 last week. Due to have #12 this Wednesday. My neuropathy has gotten steadily worse with the last few infusions. My MO wanted me to call him today or tomorrow to cancel my infusion if my neuropathy got worse. To be honest...I think it is worse. The numbness in my toes never leaves me now and it is creeping up the sides of my feet. My hands are also either tingling or numb constantly. I am having trouble picking up small things and even holding a pen to write. I hate the idea of missing my last infusion, but I'm concerned that I may be dealing with this for the rest of my life. However, I want to feel like I have done everything possible to beat this cancer. I am already scheduled to start rads in three weeks. This is such a difficult decision.
I wish I could be of help to you...but I'm in the same boat!

Wishing you well, hugs, lilyrose
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Dear all,

I have been helping a woman who had eyes that were severely watering and her tear ducts were almost closed. Her local ophthalmologist wanted to do a procedure and put stents in and the other eye specialist said that she would not do that. I have no advice for anyone here and please do not rely on the article below but rather, please ask your physician.


It was an agonizing decision for the patient but she opted not to have the stent procedure done. Her tear ducts are still open and she still suffers from watery eyes and it was explained to us that even thought he eyes are watering it is due to "dry eyes" and moisturizing gel/drops were recommended. 

Regarding Taxol and neuropathy, I think it is best to rely on your oncologist. There are no easy answers here...My daughter hated Taxol and ten years later she still suffers from various side effects of the Taxol. But, thankfully she is NED. Several women have told me that for them, Taxol was very manageable and AC was awful and vice-versa. My daughter disliked both of them but she really had a tough, tough time with the Taxol. Mainly bone/joint pain.

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Edited by steve - Aug 26 2014 at 10:40am
I am a BRCA1+ grandson, son and father of women affected by breast/oc-my daughter inherited mutation from me, and at 36, was dx 2004 TNBC I am a volunteer patient advocate with SAGE Patient Advocates
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Steve, Thanks for the article which indicates that clogged tear ducts are NOT caused by Taxol, but tearing is. Actually tearing is a primary symptom of clogged tear ducts, so maybe some develop it (like me) and some just have tearing. I will have to wait more than a month to get an appointment with the optic plastic surgeon to have mine checked. Perhaps by that time, it will have healed itself. I can only wish! One thing I do know, I will not suffer from tears running down my cheek for the rest of my life. Who knows, I may be pre-disposed to this condition as I had a clogged tear duct in the same eye (the other eye did indeed heal itself:-) two years ago. An optic plastic surgeon "flushed it out", ie, put a needle in the tear duct itself. No stents required. It did the trick. It wasn't pleasant but I've had worse experiences by far and it was worth it to have the problem solved.
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I just finished my 4th round of Taxotere (I get dosed 1x every 3 weeks) 2 weeks ago and had stents put in my tear ducts at that time because after the 3rd round of Taxotere I started tearing all the time.  The opthamologist/oncologist I see explained Taxotere scars down your tear ducts until they close.  By putting stents in for 3-6 months it will hold open my tear ducts so hopefully it will scar around the stent leaving the tear ducts open.  My tearing has gotten worse (expected by doctor) after having stents put in because the stents are solid not hollow so my tears still cannot drain to my nose so just come out the sides and I have blurry vision most of the time but I hope after getting the stents taken out in a few months my tears will drain to the nose via the tear ducts again.  Best of luck to you, I hope by now you have seen an opthamologist.  Sincerely :) Janice
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