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Regimen Information

For FEC followed by Taxotere, including Side Effects

FEC followed by Taxotere

For the treatment of Breast Cancer

How FEC followed by Taxotere chemotherapy is given and possible side effects.

FEC followed by Taxotere for the treatment of Breast Cancer

FEC followed by Taxotere is the acronym for a chemotherapy regimen used in the treatment of breast cancer.

Drugs in the FEC followed by Taxotere combination:

F = Fluorouracil

E = Epirubicin

C = Cyclophosphamide

T = Taxotere

Chemotherapy is often given as a combination of drugs. Combinations usually work better than single drugs because different drugs kill cancer cells in different ways.

MOST COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF FEC FOLLOWED BY TAXOTERE

  • Nausea & Vomiting

  • Risk of Infection

  • Alopecia

  • Mouth Sores

For more information, see the 'Expert Resources' tab below.

Community Responses

Often, the most helpful information regarding treatment side effects comes not from clinical brochures, but rather from other patients like you. We've collected the most helpful community resources to help you prepare for the side effects and coping tips for your chemotherapy regimen.

What side effects did you experience while on this medication?

The following have been voted the 3 most helpful responses to this question.

I'm Star, and I'm a survivor of Stage 3a Breast Cancer

First Cycle of FEC-T, pleasantly surprised thought it was gonna be a whole lot worse!!
Really thought i was gonna get all the side effects, early days i know but still.
Got no other option but to stay strong.
Don’t over think it! You might be surprised too

  • Mon Sep 9, 2013
Hi, I'm Kathy

I will get my first FEC in a week. I don’t know how my body will react by the treatment. I have never be sick in my life (52)and now I have breast cancer… I have determined that I will go with all the treatments which my doctor has offerred and trying get back my normal life in a year.

God bless every one

Kathy

  • Sat Jun 8, 2013
Hi, I'm Patricia

I find that exercise prior to chemo – a good brisk walk and exercise after ( both light yoga and cardio with walking) really helps. sometimes just don’t feel like it, but am always better after. there is good evidence that this is supportive. Had considerable bone pain and neuopathy in legs and feet from the NEUPOGEN Using Tylenol and pot cookies. don’t want to use codeine. Looking for other ways to minimize the side effects. Suggestions?

  • Sat Dec 1, 2012
Hi, I'm Patricia

I find that exercise prior to chemo – a good brisk walk and exercise after ( both light yoga and cardio with walking) really helps. sometimes just don’t feel like it, but am always better after. there is good evidence that this is supportive. Had considerable bone pain and neuopathy in legs and feet from the NEUPOGEN Using Tylenol and pot cookies. don’t want to use codeine. Looking for other ways to minimize the side effects. Suggestions?

  • Sat Dec 1, 2012
Hi, I'm Kathy

I will get my first FEC in a week. I don’t know how my body will react by the treatment. I have never be sick in my life (52)and now I have breast cancer… I have determined that I will go with all the treatments which my doctor has offerred and trying get back my normal life in a year.

God bless every one

Kathy

  • Sat Jun 8, 2013
I'm Star, and I'm a survivor of Stage 3a Breast Cancer

First Cycle of FEC-T, pleasantly surprised thought it was gonna be a whole lot worse!!
Really thought i was gonna get all the side effects, early days i know but still.
Got no other option but to stay strong.
Don’t over think it! You might be surprised too

  • Mon Sep 9, 2013

This discussion needs your voice!

What were the specific side effects that you experienced while taking this medication? How did you manage them?

What coping tips would you give to new patients on this regimen?

Hi, I'm hsm1611

My wife was diagnosis of Locally advanced left breast cancer (T4B) & clinically positive left supraclavicular & axillary lymph nodes (N3) and free metastatic work up .
Histopathological examination from breast mass confirmed invasive ductal carcinoma .
Immunophenotyping of which was moderately +ve for ER & PR (score 4/8) & -ve for HR2 (score1) with Ki-67 = 4% .
She started neoadjuvant treatment FEC100 ,
After 3 cycles the tumor lesions measures as follow :
First Mammography before chemotherapy : Advanced diffuse carcinoma in the left breast with 4 sizables masses in the left UOQ , UIQ , LOQ , the lesions measure 3.4*4.2 cm , 3.4*3.4 cm , 4.1 3 & 12.3 cm in diameters , the lesions are seen associated with diffuse skin & parenchymal odema as well as architecture distortion .
First Mammography after 3 cycles : Advanced diffuse carcinoma in the left breast with 4 sizables masses in the left UOQ , UIQ , LOQ , the lesions measure 2.1* 2.2 cm , 4.1*1.8 cm , 3.9 2.8 & 52.6 cm in diameters , the lesions is current improvement in the associated diffuse skin & parenchymal odema as well as architecture distortion

SO WE ARE DIASPONTED of this results cause the tumor size was not changes too much.
Is there any one faced this situation .

  • Sun May 12, 2013

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What do you wish you had known before taking this medication? What information would you like to pass on to patients who are beginning this medication?

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