3 year synovial sarcoma survivor here. I was originally diagnosed in 2012 with a 5cm (ish) sarcoma in my left thigh. I received a ridiculously high dose of ifosfamide/cisplatin/adriamycin, along with radiation and surgeries. I was a year out of treatment and everything was stable until they found several baby tumors in both my lungs. (My oncologist was prepared for this, and remained hopeful the tumors can be resected.) I had the tumors in my left lung resected successfully a few months ago, but they want to hold off on surgery for the right lung so that I can heal. Radiation was not an option at this time. Oncologist now wants me on a low dose of Gemzar and taxotere to ensure the tumors do not spread/grow, and I'm just so frustrated to have to go through chemo again. He assured me the side effects will be much less compared to my first chemo regimen in 2012, but I'm still breaking out in tears thinking about it.
Also, I feel almost guilty typing this, but I've read online that a low percentage of breast cancer survivors who have been on taxotere lost their hair permanently, so I'm a little worried about this as well. (yes i know, it's a silly thing to worry about, especially since the chemo can save my life.) But I just needed to vent.
Has anyone had experience with this "low dose" Gemzar and taxotere combo? It will be administered biweekly, and I'm still planning on continuing to work, since I'm relatively new at my job and do not have adequate sick days/vacation days yet. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!