Although cancer fighting drugs are meant to help, they are very toxic. They have many side effects. When side effects are mild, you can carry on your daily routine with family, friends and work. Sometimes you have to rest more because you become fatigued more easily. We are advised to limit our access to people and places that bring you into contact with disease because our immune systems have become compromised. I am going to list some of the side effect of the two rugs I was taking, Xeloda and Taxotere.
Xeloda -Anemia, fatigue, nausea, poor appetite, mouth sores, numbness or tingling of hands and feet, eye irritation, shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, insomnia, dehydration, cough, loss of balance, nail changes, darkening of the skin, Dysgeusia (a change in the sense of taste) . You are told to avoid sun exposure. Wear SPF 15 (or higher) sunblock and protective clothing. There are more side effects but these are only the ones I experienced.
Taxotere – Must take corticosteroid pills the day before, day of and day after chemo to reduce the severity of fluid retention and allergic reaction. Anemia, peripheral neuropathy( damage or disease affecting nerves, which may impair sensation, movement.), nausea, diarrhea, mouth sores, hair loss, fatigue and weakness, infection, nail changes (color changes to your fingernails or toenails). Avoid sun exposure. Wear SPF 15 (or higher) sunblock and protective clothing. Again, there are more side effects but these are only the ones I experienced.
Neuropathy makes my feet feel tight and swollen like there are tiny pebbles in my shoe under the ball of my foot and my heels. My hands hurt like I have frostbite up to my wrists. It is difficult to grip or hold anything or to write or type.
My symptoms became debilitating, I was unable to function for 3 -5 days after my treatments. In August, I had to stop working because of the severity of the side effects and weakness from not eating (will talk about the not eating in my next post).
I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13