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The drug is taxotere (docetaxel) and cyclophosphamide used in chemo due to early stage of invasive lobular carcinoma does side effect cause insomia , depression?
Chemo and cancer: Dealing with cancer and its treatment is not something easy to do in many cases. Not only it is affecting your physical condition, emotionally, you can also develop anxiety, depressed mood, depression etc through out the battle. The chemo themselves do not give you insomnia. However, steroids are given prior to chemo, and this can cause insomnia. Depression/anxiety cause insomnia too. ...Read more
See below: Docetaxel is an anti-cancer drug. It's useful in a number of malignancies, such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, etc. The drug interferes with cells which are trying to divide (to form two daughter cells). A greater percentage of cancer cells are trying to do that at any particular time than non-cancer cells. Typical side effects include numbness and low blood counts. ...Read more
I don't think so: Do you mean fec (fluorouracil (5fu), epirubicin and cyclophosphamide)? If so, i think that the side effects with docetaxel are better compared to fec. However, it all depends on the dose. For many cancers we use a dose of 75 mg/m2 and in my opinion this much better tolerated than fec. Please make sure to ask your oncologist more details about docetaxel so that you are prepared. Best wishes ariel. ...Read more
There may be: It depends on the type of cancer it is being used for. If it is for breast or lung cancer, yes there is a similar drug called Paclitaxel which can replace it in most cases. Discuss this option with your doctor. Another new drug is called nab-paclitaxel which is the best drug among the 3 of them. ...Read more
Taxotere (docetaxel): It may cause nausea, vomiting, hair loss, rash weakness, nail changes, joint pains, supression to bone marrow - anemia, decreased white blood cells, low platelet, numbness, tingling, infection etc. Read more here : http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a696031.Html. ...Read more
Gem for taxotere (docetaxel): Short answer is no. It cannot be substituted. Now depending upon the underlying cancer whether lung, breast, pancreatic or any other primary solid tumor, one can use taxol, Abraxane or Navelbine (vinorelbine) (they are taxanes like taxotere). If we want to move to a different agent altogether, then Gemzar or a no of other drugs would be available depending upon what the primary tumor is. ...Read more
Same class,diff drug: Both Taxol (paclitaxel) and taxotere (docetaxel) (docetaxol) are of the class of cytotoxic chemotherapy drugs known as taxanes. They are different chemicals with different pharmacokinetics and side effect profiles but tend to be used in the same disease areas. There is much debate as to whether one or the other is "better" or "more effective" in a certain disease. ...Read more
Taxotere (docetaxel): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a696031.html if any concern, see and discuss with your md in detail. ...Read more
Yes but . .: There are no support groups for this one agent alone. There are many support groups for cancer treatment in general, usually disease specific like breast cancer, or ovarian cancer, etc. These can be found on line easily or you can contact gilda's club or the american cancer society for the internet access for help. ...Read more
You are not alone: Docetaxel sometimes is not very easy to tolerate. It also will depend on the dose used, your line of treatment, other medical problems, your age, previous history of chemo/radiation and episodes of very low white blood cells etc.If you experience any / significant side effects- please always tell and discuss with your oncologist. Link: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a696031.Html. ...Read more
Short periods: Both of these drugs are metabolized over a short period of time. They are greater than 99% metabolized (removed) from the body within 5-7 days of administration. ...Read more
I finished my final taxotere (docetaxel) four weeks ago and for the past week have been passing urine frequently, is this bad?
Not bad: I a ssume that the association of taxotere (docetaxel) and urinary complications are related to prostate cancer. In this condition taxotere (docetaxel) is used to contol the disease and is associated with minimal complaints. Having increased purinary frequency is related to pressure on the urinary tract outflow which would not be uncommon here. ...Read more