Aug 09, 2012 - 12:26 pm
Hi there. Just finished 12 weeks of Erbitux as part of a clinical trial along with 4 rounds of Ixempra for Triple Negative Breast cancer. Decadron, Benadryl and Pepcid were used as pre-meds for each treatment. The Erbitux caused what is called acnerash and I would periodically (~3 weeks apart) take a 7-day steroid pack to lessen the effects of the rash.
About a week before the last Erbitux I noticed several dark hairs on my upper lip area. My facial hair has always been light so this was a surprise. Because of the hair loss side effect, it made plucking bearable until I realized there were too many to pluck so I had my upper lip waxed. Once it was waxed, I noticed dark hairs in other areas of my face such as on my nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. I've managed to pluck where I can, but this is crazy! The Research Coordinator has not heard of this side effect. My best guess is it could be from the steroids (Decadron and the 7-day packs).
Is anyone dealing or dealt with this? I assume this side effect will minimize over time, but thought it was odd. Thoughts?