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Flu like symptom after chemo treatments

deltafun's picture
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Flu like symptoms after Chemo

Hi all, guess my luck ran out with not having any side effects after my chemo treatments. I received my first full dose of Carbo/Taxal on Monday 7/11/11. I did real good with the first six treatments but only had 1/3 of the Taxol. After the third day with the full dose I started feeling like I have the flu and numbness in my hands and feet but not really sick to my stomach.

I have one more treatment with the full dose in two weeks and was thinking about asking the Onc to maybe cut the dose back. I am just wondering how long this flu like feeling is going to stick with me. I know everyone is different but maybe some of you have had this experience and how long it lasted.

thanks in advance for any info or advice.


sleepless in jersey
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Joined: Feb 2011

Mom had that 2 seperate times and lasted a full 24hrs and done,however only had the chills and couldn't get out of bed with no appetite did not experience the numbness in hands.
Hopefully it will be shortlived like Moms...
Continue to stay positive...

Getting better ...
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Joined: Jul 2011

I can tell you it will get better - I had my one year anniversary of remission yesterday but somethings you just don't forget. I would have treatments on Tuesday with the Taxol and 2 others that I can't think of now but by Thursday about 3:00 in the afternoon I felt awful. Would go to bed and stay there for about 3 days and then back up and running. And then dread the next round and on top of these treatments I had radiation every day for 8 weeks. I would certainly take the chemo over the radiation definitely!
I will tell you that I had a Blue Cross/Blue Shield rep check on me and she kept recommending American Ginseng - I refused because at the time I never was a fan of supplements or vitamins for that matter. But after a few months on nagging on me I finally asked my doctor and he didn't have a problem with it so off I started on it. It took a couple of weeks maybe for it to get settled in my system but I will never come off of it now. It is an energy booster of such but without the 'speed' effects. Take 2 1,000mg once a day - it was unbelievable for me! I am now on maintenance with Alimpta thru my port once every 3 weeks and still take the Ginseng. The girl told me it had to be America due to the processing but I once ran out and could not find American but found Canadian - figured it was close enough to America :} - didn't have any problems but highly recommend that you discuss with your doctor and see what his opinion is but I have been doing it now for 2 years and like I said would never come off of it now.
I wish you well and that all will be a good turn out for you. Keeping your faith and your love for yourself will help you thru this journey. Such a journey it is but you will come thru. Praying for you

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