Thanks to my wonderful coworker today for hanging out with me all day for my infusion and making sure I got there and back!! It was nice to have someone there with me to talk to and make the time go by!
Today, February 2nd, was my first Taxol chemo infusion, which I’ll be getting weekly instead of the biweekly treatments I was getting before. Also this time, along with the Taxol, every 3 weeks I will also get Herceptin and Perjeta, which are two biologics that target my cancer directly.
The Herceptin is used to treat the cancer that had already spread to my lymph nodes. The Perjeta goes after the initial breast tumor. Taxol is another chemo drug that is most effective on rapidly dividing cells, of which cancer cells are one.
Getting a chemo cocktail for the first time, the IV drip is set up to go very slow in case there is some sort of allergic or other hypersensitivity reactions, so today’s infusion took almost 4 hours longer than I expected. That said, next time I will only get the Taxol, and it will be given at the “normal” rate so it should be a shorter session than I had with the AC chemo. That will make some of my obligations at work easier to meet.
Today’s infusion was uneventful. I had no allergic or hypersensitivity reactions, which is awesome! The next couple of infusions could trigger some of those, so I’ll be watched pretty carefully for the next couple of weeks. The best outcome from this treatment is that at the end of 12 weeks, the scans will confirm significant shrinkage of the tumor, optimally that it is essentially gone and all that’s left are the markers they placed during my biopsy.
I’m hoping to escape or minimize some of the common side effects of Taxol like nausea, muscle and joint pain, and neuropathy. If I’m lucky, my oncologist will find something we can try to help mitigate the chemo brain effects in the next few weeks as well.