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Unread 12-17-2003, 07:24 PM
Chemo begins 12/11

Hi! This is my first time on Hyster Sisters. I was diagnosed in Sept. with ovarian cancer, stage 1-B. I just completed my 4 chemo. treatments (Taxol and Carbo.). It feels great just to say that! My CA 125 was at 476 before surgery, 135 the day after surgery, and 28.6 after 2 treatments. I'm hoping to see it drop more when I get my next blood work. I am taking Bellamine-S for hot flashes at night and it seems to be helping so much. Everything has gone so well for me that what I am about to ask seems trivial...but...when can I expect to have hair again???
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Unread 12-18-2003, 10:17 AM
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About taking steroids, one positive note:

My Canine American Labrador Retriever son, Cody, is a 1-year mast cell cancer survivor. Prednisone is an actual chemo agent for blood and immune cancers, so Cody took extraordinarily-high-doses of it for 6 months (so high my regular vet gasped when he heard). Cody did experience some of the side effects of cortisone, such as hunger, excitability. However, he also became a puppy again. He's had severe orthopedic problems all his life, and pred is an extraordinary anti-inflammatory. On pred, Cody could run, fetch and play again, just as we've always dreamed he could. Now, Cody has no lingering effects of the drug, and sometimes I wish he were taking it again!

So, horror stories aside, cortisone drugs actually have great points! Some consider them wonder drugs! when used conservatively, and they facilitate taking Taxol. Taxol is another wonder drug and especially useful, when aided by cortisol and benadryl to suppress the common allergy to it.

Also, my MIL took Taxol/Carboplatin treatments at Swedish and is now a cancer-free 3-year uterine cancer survivor. I believe she did take cortisol a day or so before chemo, as well as benadryl on the day of. She's had no residual problems from cortisol.

Take care and I wish you the very, very, BEST!

Teresa Atkinson
Sammamish, WA
Awaiting Surgery Jan 7th for probable endometriomas, but with elevated CA-125.
Unread 12-18-2003, 01:38 PM
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Hi Limbo.

The whole thing is like childbirth... By the time you are ready for the next you forgot how miserable you were with the side effects. Hang in there. There is an end in sight.

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Unread 12-18-2003, 01:41 PM
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Thanks Teresa. It's really encouraging to hear success stories like your mom's.

Best of luck with your treatment as well.

Unread 12-19-2003, 08:13 AM
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I should also tell you that when researching Taxol and Carboplatin for my MIL, I ran across several articles that referred to the two as the "Gold standard" for treatment of gyn when you're having your next chemo, just remember they're pumping GOLD into your veins!

Wishing you the very best!
Unread 12-19-2003, 02:28 PM
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Hi, NDBunny.

Hair . . . starts growing consistently about 4-6 weeks after your final chemo. My major chemo ended August 4, and I think my hair started filling in at the end of September. It is growing slowly. It covers my head now, but it maybe just less than one inch long. So it's not a lot of hair. But . . . some is better than none. My eyelashes didn't grow for a while, then seemed to come back in within about four days.

Unread 12-23-2003, 06:13 PM
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Thanks SirenSong! I look every day for the first signs of hair growth! So far, it has been 2.5 weeks since my final treatment and I am patiently waiting. I have a thin covering that never fell out and I still baby it. You are right...some hair is surely better than no hair! With this winter weather, my head gets cold even inside so I wear a cap when not wearing my wig! Now I know why people used to wear night caps!!! My head "freezes" at night!
Also, as I read other messages, I appreciated Taxol and Carboplatin being equated to "gold!" That was great positive info. for me!
Best wishes for health to all!

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