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Unread 04-15-2003, 07:51 PM
Chemo cocktail: taxol, carboplatin, adriamycin

Has anyone gone through chemo and had those same drugs, and if so, what was your experience? otion:
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Unread 04-15-2003, 08:04 PM
Chemo cocktail: taxol, carboplatin, adriamycin

s gucu

I received taxol and carboplatin for ovarian cancer. I had six sessions spaced three weeks apart. With taxol you will lose your hair, most likely before the second chemo. When my hair started to free fall, I shaved it off. I had a wig ready to go, but only wore it once. Found out I was a hat or cap person. The day after chemo I felt perfectly normal. And then would feel yucky for the next three to five days. I did take zofran three times a day for three or four days after chemo. I never had problems with vomiting, but didn't feel quite right. My bones ached after the first two treatments. Watch out for constipation. Try and prevent before it begins. For me that involved taking senokot every night for four nights starting the night of chemo. You will find everyone's experience to be a bit different. But keep in mind, before I started chemo, my onc told me that my expections of chemo would be worse than the reality. And for me this held true.
Are you getting a port.
I don't know if anyone has had adriamycin. Have you had an echocardiogram done?
I was reading some of your previous post. It sounds like you were looking for a support group. I belong to a great group at Fox Chase Cancer Center. We meet the first and third Wednesday of each month. If you are interested, let me know and I'll send along more details. Best Wishes.

karenann
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Unread 04-15-2003, 09:54 PM
Echocardiagram

Yes, I did have one done...is that important before the chemo treatment? And yes, I would love to find out more about the support group. Thanks!
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Unread 04-16-2003, 01:35 PM
Chemo cocktail: taxol, carboplatin, adriamycin

Hi Gucu,

I had taxol, ifex and cisplatin which i think is much like carboplatin in side effects. I had 6 rounds every 3 weeks for three days in a row. I experienced everything the way Karen ann did, but also had bad insomnia the 2rd and 3rd day. I did get low red and white blood counts, but they gave me shots and I never had to miss a treatment. Most days I was able to do everthing I wanted to do.The time did padd quickly, although it didnt seem like it at first I would also recommend getin teeth cleaned, necessary dental work done before chemo, because my dr wouldnt let me have it done during treatments
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Unread 04-16-2003, 02:59 PM
Chemo cocktail: taxol, carboplatin, adriamycin

Hi..

I had 6 treatments of taxol and carboplatin and had basically the same symptoms as everyone else. I do not know anything about the third drug though..

Good luck to you..

Rosalie
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Unread 04-18-2003, 10:59 PM
Chemo cocktail: taxol, carboplatin, adriamycin

Gucu,

Is this cocktail being prescribed for you? If so, why are they adding adriamycin? I thought that was usually prescribed for breast cancer and lymphoma, but my understanding of the various chemo drugs (and when they are used) is incredibly limited. It's next on my list of things to research.
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Unread 04-19-2003, 05:11 PM
Chemo cocktail: taxol, carboplatin, adriamycin

Gucu,

I had adriamiacin. Prior to starting treatment, I needed a muggascan (sp?). It tests the heart muscles. I had 6 rounds of cytoxin, adriamiacin and 5FU (CAF) for breast cancer. Adriamiacin was the most potent of the 3. It causes hair loss, nausea etc.. The good news is that there are good medications to offset the negative side effects. Zofran was effective for me.

One of the fun things that the ACS offered at my cancer center was the "Look Good..Feel Better" program. I highly recommend participating in it. They give some great make up tips, and recommendations on how to wear scarves etc. More than that, it was really nice to be with other women going through the same thing in such a fun atmosphere. The major cosmetic companies donate great products and we all got nice goodie bags.

Best of luck on everything!
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Unread 04-19-2003, 08:28 PM
Chemo cocktail: taxol, carboplatin, adriamycin

I also went to the "Look Good, Feel Good" meeting and had a great time socializing with others and getting lots of tips on how to apply makeup etc. The best part was all the free makeup. A big thank you goes out to all the companies that donated the stuff and to the American Cancer Society for offering the program.

Rosalie
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