I started the 4th regimen last Wednesday adding a new chemo, Paclitaxtel to Herceptin and Tykerb. I will receive Paclitaxtel once a week for 3 weeks, and 1 week off.
In spite of a doctor’s concern that the combining Paclitaxtel with Tykerb may cause harsh side-effects, I am controlling diarrhea and with a 2-3 hour long nap, I started off pretty well without fatigue, nausea, or taste change.
As I have heard a common side effect of Paclitaxtel would be numbness and tingling of fingers and toes, I prepared Vitamin B complex.
I took out a wig from a closet again but probably it will take a few more weeks to need it.
The additional CT I took found two more cancers in my lymph nodes and right lower lung robe and that was discouraging.
Yet, since Wednesday I haven’t had shooting pain on my chest, which started a few days before the infusion.
Instead of waiting for three months for the next CT scan, which is a standard, I requested to have it in two months so that if this new chemo is not effective, I can switch to next chemo quickly.
I decided to insert a port for the infusion, also.
I have only one arm for infusions or blood withdrawing, but now I have to do so every week and nurses have hard times to find a good vein because mine are thin.
It seems like there is little risk of infection, no concern about bathing, and it won’t hurt veins any more.
May I have peace and be able to enjoy each day until the next CT scan!