- Question from D. Brooks: I am in my fifth out of sixth treatment with the TAC Aredia, Cytoxan, and Taxotere (all together) protocol. I have severe aches and pains throughout my legs, hips, etc. Is this normal? Every treatment is worse and lasts longer.
- Answers - Ann Berger Absolutely. It's from the treatment. You're probably also on GCSF or Neupogen (it stimulates new immune cell production). Those are feelings that are perfectly normal.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. Taxotere and Taxol can both cause some of these discomforts, as well.
- Ann Berger The treatment, if nonsteroidals don't work, usually ends up being opioid medication. It's not uncommon that this gets worse with each cycle. That's typical.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. After these treatments have been completed, these symptoms usually go away, but it takes a while and sometimes the pain lingers for a long time.
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