Sep 24, 2010 - 4:24 am
Since no one seemed to have had or know about this side effect from Taxotere, I posted photos on my Expressions page of the skin toxicity I developed. The burns had begun to subside when the photos were taken because I had started steroids again, but basically I'm effected from my knuckles to about my sleeve line on both hands and arms. On both Cycle 2 and cycle 3 my right hand developed a cellulitis and I had to be on antibiotics. Cycle 2 only my hands(primarily right hand) were effected. She added Neulasta on Cycle 3 in an attempt to avoid infection again. But I did get a cellulitis plus a much more intense reaction in spite of it.
My oncologist discussed chemotherapy options on Tuesday with me and my husband. We chose to reduce the dose of both Taxotere and Cytoxin by 20% for my last round that I got this morning. She said this would not jeopardize the efficacy of the treatment and could help with lessening this side effect, which she says is not uncommon. I will also remain on steroids for 10 vs. 3 days after chemo in an attempt to keep any inflammation down. I wonder how much Ativan I'll need to sleep! I had my last round of chemo this morning so I have successfully completed my protocol. The other option was to quit chemo, but I can do this one more time. I'd much rather have this side effect than to risk not doing everything possible to keep this sucker from coming back.
Right now my skin is peeling, layer by layer. With the steroids I got this morning with my chemo, I'm not very red at all and only minimally tingly. I hope it stays this way. She said after chemo, it will all heal. It feels pretty much like a bad sunburn and it's really ugly. It will be long sleeves for me for public viewing . . .
I am so happy to say that this is my LAST chemo cycle and I won't have to deal with this or the other side effects after this cycle!