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Re:My tips for chemo... - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 8:06 AM
I had my first dose of Taxol last Thursday. So far everything is good. The only side effects I have noticed are the continuing runny nose and itchy watering eyes. I have noticed my brows and eyelashes thinning. Hope my hair starts to grow back soon !
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Re:My tips for chemo... - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 9:54 AM
I'm glad you have the first one over Donna, I lost my brows and lashes but my hair grew back so didn't mind too much! I also had the runny nose and itchy eye's, it goes once chemo is all finished but I never did find a remedy for it!
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Re:My tips for chemo... - Monday, February 18, 2013 12:17 PM
Thanks Tricia. My Dr said to try Zyrtec and it does help with the runny nose and itchy eyes. Glad to know that it will end. I had my 2nd Chemo last week and still doing great. Dr said it is ok to go back to work next week. I am so ready ! He thinks I will fly through the Taxol with no problems at all. It looks like my hair is growing back got little cute duckling like feathers on the top. I hope this means it will continue to grow back in. Excited for my own hair again
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Re:My tips for chemo... - Monday, February 18, 2013 3:22 PM
Donna that sounds to me like your hair is growing back, don't be surprised if it comes back curly and grey though as this happened to many of us lol, its hair though right???:) Glad you can get back to work and good luck with the rest of the treatments!
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Re:My tips for chemo... - Friday, February 22, 2013 4:59 AM
Thanks Tricia. Any tips on what to do when it starts coming in. For instance try to keep it uncovered as much as possible ? Shampoo ? oil ? It's just little duck hairs right now.. but I want to promote growth as much as possible without turning to chemicals.
 
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Re:My tips for chemo... - Friday, February 22, 2013 9:40 AM
Donna once you feel comfortable going without a wig or scarf I'd certainly do that and also use a baby shampoo or something equally as gentle, they say not to colour your hair for six months but I confess to using a vegatable dye on mine around three months as the grey aged me so much! At that time many of the ladies here all recommended a shampoo and conditioner called Nioxin and you can order it online, its a little expensive but lasts ages, not sure if it worked for me as I was still doing Herceptin so my hair growth was slow but you may like to google it and check it out.
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Re:My tips for chemo... - Monday, February 25, 2013 3:31 AM
My tips of chemotherapy is the Great tips of chemotherapy, You can take fiber and antioxidant agents for better result.
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Re:My tips for chemo... - Sunday, March 17, 2013 11:36 AM
This is probably an extremely stupid question.  I have my first appointment with the chemotherapy dr tomorrow. Of course I don't know what to expect of the side effects, and I am very nervous.  

I am wondering what has been the experience regarding hair loss.  Does it falls after the first chemo, or does it take a bit of time ? Is it like a 99% chance I will loose it, ,or it is something that depends on drug, dosages, and other factors ? I do understand we are all different, but am interested on other people's experience. Also, I am 37 and was wondering if age makes any difference. 

I am pretty sure this has already been discussed in this forum so you can always just PM me.

BE WELL !
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Re:My tips for chemo... - Sunday, March 17, 2013 12:37 PM
Hi Maria, sad to say that most of the drugs used for breastcancer do cause hair loss, generally around day 17 which was just after my second infusion, you could ask to try a cold cap but most people say they don't work well on helping you keep your hair. I think its better to cut or shave your hair very short as its less upsetting having lots fall out and remember it IS termporary and will grow back, age doesn't make a difference either, good luck and you could always get some really nice scarves or a wig or go au natural!:)
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Re:My tips for chemo... - Sunday, March 17, 2013 6:58 PM
Hi Maria, I have to say that my hair fell out about 12 days after my 1st round of chemo. I had my head shaved as soon as it started to fall out in the shower. It was much easier, emotionally and physically, to loose the little stubble than the large chunks of my hair. Unfortunately for me I had never worn hats or wigs and did not care for them even after I lost my hair. I chose to go "au natural" as Tricia put it. I got used to it very quickly and for the most part so did every one who knows me. My only stumbling block was the owner of the company I work for. He got over it though. I go shopping at the mall, out to eat, and everything else with my bald head. Only the young children stare and I don't mind. I started to get my hair back just before my last chemo and it is about a quarter inch long now (last chemo was 1/28). I have seen people with hats, scarves, wigs and just bald. It will be a matter of preference for you. Good luck with your treatment. Remember, this to shall pass...
Lisa, Age 51 @ DX Lumpectomy 8/30/12 
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