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Taxol & Carboplatin Treatment?

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kbienapfl
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Joined: Sep 2006

Hey Gang....You are all so helpful and in the know. I am starting to get apprehensive about my new treatment that begins Monday.

I was recently taken off of my Folfox6/Erbitux regime and will begin treatment with Taxol & Carboplatin. Very curious to learn if others have had experience with this specific treatment regime.

I know that I will be losing my hair. Just curious if other side effects are similar or worse than those I experienced with Folfox6 (5-FU) regime.

There are days I wish I could just continue to feel as well as I do now (I have been off of chemo for a month now). Wouldn't it be great if we could just wish this nasty stuff away?

Thank you in advance.

Kathy

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KathiM
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Joined: Aug 2005

Hummm....interesting stuff, Taxol. I had it as the second half of my breast cancer chemo, 6 months after my oxilloplatin for my colon cancer...

First half of the breast ca chemo was the Adriamycin...."The red devil", as it's known...THAT REALLY takes off the hair...so, by the time I got to Taxol, there was little left...

I digress....Taxol is given slowly the first time, cause since it is made from a pine tree (yew pine, to be exact), it is natural and can have allergic reactions. They will be careful. MY taxol was infused over 5 hours...

As far as hair loss, I lost my eyebrows and lashes during the Taxol infusions...bigger, tho, was potential 'taxol tingles' as I called them. I drank LOADS of water (2 quarts day before, day of, day after). I emerged from all the treatment neuropathy FREE! Also check on B6...helps with the tingles, too...but ask your onc...some don't like to give during treatment, they wait till after....

Hugs, Kathi

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