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Thread: Medical inquiry for a friend - re: cancer treatments

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    I have a friend, (a former high school classmate) who has cancer and she is (quote from her):
    "getting really really really tired of chemo and taxotere." She wants to know if anyone else has "had the opportunity to get aquainted with this drug from some kind of a tree?"

    Thanks for your help if you any information on this taxotere.

    This is her second bout with the cancer in 2 years.

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    http://www.chemocare.com/bio/taxotere.asp

    I googled it and there are lots of hits on it. Prayers for your friend

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    yesterday there was a post about housecleaning being avaible for free to women receiving chemo i cant find it right now but will look for it

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    I don't blame your friend for being tired of the treatment. This is some of the possible side effects. Make sure she keeps her Dr update on which ones she gets. There are other medications that can help her feel better.

    What side effects can this medication cause?

    Docetaxel injection may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
    nausea
    vomiting
    diarrhea
    constipation
    changes in taste
    extreme tiredness
    muscle, joint, or bone pain
    hair loss
    nail changes
    increased eye tearing
    sores in the mouth and throat
    redness, dryness, or swelling at the site where the medication was injected

    Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately:
    blistering skin
    numbness, tingling, or burning sensation in the hands or feet
    weakness in the hands and feet
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    nosebleeds

    Docetaxel injection may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

    If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].
    In case of emergency/overdose

    Symptoms of overdose may include:

    sore throat, fever, chills, and other signs of infection
    sores in the mouth and throat
    skin irritation
    weakness
    numbness, tingling, or burning sensation in the hands or feet.

    I hope she finishes her treatments soon and never have to go through this ever again.

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    I will keep her in my prayers. A friend of mine who went through several trials of chemo sucked on candy canes. It helped with the stomach upset. Since its that time of year, I thought I'd mention it.

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    She will be in my thoughts and prayers

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    Phyllis, I'm so sorry for your friend and all she's going through. Prayers for her from me :)

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