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Nab Paclitaxel - Patient Experience

16th October 2021 by Terri Read Education

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As part of our series looking at different chemotherapy treatments for secondary breast cancer, Terri Read shares her experience of Nab Paclitaxel (Abraxane) this week.


When were you diagnosed with secondary breast cancer?


I was diagnosed with secondaries on 2nd Sept 2021, so not long ago. 


Where are your mets located?


I have 2 nodes in my neck, my supraclavicular nodes and one on the side of my affected breast, I also have a microscopic met in my femur.


What treatment line are you on?


Technically this is my first line of treatment since secondary diagnosis. I'm on Nab-paclitaxel and Atezolizumab. 


What is/was your experience of  Nab-Paclitaxel (Abraxane)? 


I am on my 5th dose of Nab-paclitaxel and so far finding it really manageable. The only side effect I appear to be getting is anaemia but so far I haven't required any blood transfusions, I've been managing it by increasing iron intake in diet, such as red meat once a week, broccoli, pink grapefruit and some pomegranate. This seems to be enough to keep it stable and without me being symptomatic. I get slight fatigue the day after treatment but only for an afternoon and its a good excuse to sit and have a cup of tea.

I am working full time from home and am running twice a week. 

I have also been using the cold cap on this treatment and so far I have had minimal hair loss :) I don't take any medications for nausea or any other possible side effects. 


What advice, if any, would you give to someone about to start this treatment?


my advice would be to take each treatment cycle as it comes. Its always daunting when told you're on chemotherapy as you expect to feel absolutely rotten but with this treatment, for me, I don't. I did contemplate taking an anti sickness "just in case" I felt nauseous but decided not to and to see what happens, I'm glad I didn't because now i can say it hasn't affected me that way.