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You will be fine... sounds like you have a plan and choices. Tips for Taxol that help, ice hands and feet to fight neuropathy. Take folic acid and iron for white blood count. Stay strong and get through this.. we will survive and live!
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Yes, Neen, survive and live! Treatment for survival, and minimize the side effects to live after we are through all these. Thank you for the tips!!
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I just wanted to drop by and give you a word of encouragement.  I got it over 11 years ago with Taxotere, 4 treatments 3 weeks apart.  The weekly Taxol or biweekly Taxol looks like it may have less neuropathy side effects due to lower doses at a time.  At the time, my onc suggested B-6 Vitamin 100 mg twice a day.  I had the side effects during treatment and after treatment ended.  I found the more I moved and exercised, it helped improve the condition.  The mornings were always the worst getting out of bed.  I felt 100 years old.  Now it's been 11 years later and the only continuing thing I notice is a slight tingling in my fingers from time to time.  It doesn't bother my day to day activities and I'd say I'm 95% recovered.  Hopefully any side effects you experience are short term and will get better in the year or years following treatment.













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Hello Donna, 

Thank you for sharing your experiences and links! Sorry that I didn't reply earlier: I didn't notice the page number at the bottom where you post is on the 2nd page. 

I will start my first bi-weekly Taxol next Friday. As much as I'd like to finish Taxol quickly, if I run into any concerning Neuropahy symptoms, I will not hesitate to make adjustments. 

Thank you again for the information! I will watch closely how my body reacts and remember to ask my doctor about Vitamin B6. 

Cancer treatment will leave permanent marks on us. I truly hope any side effect is short term even if it takes years to go away; we all do.  
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Hi. Sounds like I'll be on the same regimen as you with 8 biweekly over 16 wk, 4 AC, 4 Taxol. I'm being treated by Sloan and starting in a week or two since post-surgery healing. I know everyone reacts differently but I'm trying to decide whether to schedule my treatments midweek or Fridays, ie, time when I potentially may feel the worst. Did the few days of steroids help? (if you took them) I'm wondering if the steroids would enable me to try and work a couple days or if will likely feel crappy the first few days, get treated Fridays so no work pressure over weekends. If you were doing every other week, how did you feel on your off-treatment weeks? Up for exercising, socializing? Thanks, I find it so helpful to hear experiences to demystify the process ahead, even though we surely have different experiences with side effects.
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I just finished AC and will start Taxol next Friday. 

For AC, I usually feel bad in the first 3 days. I take 2 long naps in the first days. From day 4, I regain a little energy. Day by day I feel better. I still need a lot of rest and always take a nap but am able to eat/drink more regularly. I start moving/exercising more from there. 

Somethings I learned: 
-each something solid before bed at night helps: it won't be too empty to feel nauseatic, and I can sleep more soundly. 
-prepare soupy food for the first several days. Crackers won't do as they are too rough and dry. 
-I eat while watching drama so I don't focus on the taste of the food. Nothing feels really tasty so as long as I can get it in, I try not to think of it. 

I was given steroid through IV before chemotherapy. I had occasional heat rashes for a few days after each infusion, which I assume it was from the steroid. 

I know some people continue working during chemotherapy. Each person is different. Your body will signal you what it needs. Good luck! 
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Thanks for sharing these tips Vivian, noted! Maybe I'll have treatments Fridays when husband around over weekend to help me and hope better each day after and able to work in between resting. I work from home, as do so many now with the COVID19 frenzy! I truly can't believe starting chemo in the midst of this health crisis. 
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Ive.done both, 12 weekly is much better than dose dense - which is what the 4 ever other is. And theyve.proven they're equally effective, so dose dense is unnecessary. Trust mw, in the grand scheme of things the time factor is inconsequential, and you're less ill. You probably can ditch the shots for white blood cell production - less.risk of those complications as well. 
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6/1/16 Local recurrence same breast, same spot 1.8cm Carb.4x every 3 wks, Taxol 12x once wk. Dbl Mast. PCR!! Reconstruction fail, NED!
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