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Regimen Information

For TC, including Side Effects

TC

Drugs in this Regimen:

For the treatment of Breast Cancer

How TC chemotherapy is given and possible side effects.

TC for the treatment of Breast Cancer

TC is an acronym for a regimen used in the treatment of breast cancer.

DRUGS IN THE TC REGIMEN:

Docetaxel (Taxotere)

Carboplatin (Paraplatin)

MOST COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF TC

  • Risk of Infection

  • Nausea & Vomiting

  • Mouth Sores

  • Fluid Retention

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 Sara2014, and I'm a survivor of Stage 2 Breast Cancer

My first cycle of TC chemo was the worst for pain, nausea etc. My doctor prescribed a mouth wash for the sores, it was a combination of nystatin and lidocaine. I had a sore throat as well so I drank some of it a few times. Used it only twice after the second cycle. Brush your teeth after every meal and snack and rinse with water and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Take pain killers, take anti nausea pills, take sleeping pills, sleep whenever tired. Eat whatever appeals but avoid processed meat, anything with a list of chemicals; add a few drops of lemon to drinking water. I took loratadine (like Claritin) daily for allergy/sinus problems. The pharmacist said it helps with pain as well and my doctor agreed.

  • Sun Dec 14, 2014
I'm Chick Interrupted, Phoenix, AZ, and I'm a survivor of Breast Cancer

I would immediately get a sunburn type rash on my face and arms that night. It would remain for the next 3-4 days. As long as I stayed very consistent with my anti-nausea medication I didn’t have vary many issues with nausea. I had intestinal cramping starting day 4 after treatment and lasting until day 7 which often resulted in diarrhea. My tongue felt swollen and large and sore but I didn’t get sores in my mouth. I could not stand the smell of meat cooking, especially breakfast meat. Protein shakes were my friend the first week and then Mexican food was pretty much all I could stomach for the remaining 2 weeks. Raw vegetables would send me into almost immediate intestinal cramping. I had a lot of pain which I believe was a result of the Neulasta shot not the Chemo treatment.

  • Tue Jan 15, 2013
I'm terri, and I support someone with cancer

my grand father has had chemo and radiation treatments and is a bout a month out he has no taste buds and can only eat a bite he keeps losing weight any help would be great

  • Fri Nov 23, 2012
I'm terri, and I support someone with cancer

my grand father has had chemo and radiation treatments and is a bout a month out he has no taste buds and can only eat a bite he keeps losing weight any help would be great

  • Fri Nov 23, 2012
I'm Chick Interrupted, Phoenix, AZ, and I'm a survivor of Breast Cancer

I would immediately get a sunburn type rash on my face and arms that night. It would remain for the next 3-4 days. As long as I stayed very consistent with my anti-nausea medication I didn’t have vary many issues with nausea. I had intestinal cramping starting day 4 after treatment and lasting until day 7 which often resulted in diarrhea. My tongue felt swollen and large and sore but I didn’t get sores in my mouth. I could not stand the smell of meat cooking, especially breakfast meat. Protein shakes were my friend the first week and then Mexican food was pretty much all I could stomach for the remaining 2 weeks. Raw vegetables would send me into almost immediate intestinal cramping. I had a lot of pain which I believe was a result of the Neulasta shot not the Chemo treatment.

  • Tue Jan 15, 2013
I'm Sara2014, and I'm a survivor of Stage 2 Breast Cancer

My first cycle of TC chemo was the worst for pain, nausea etc. My doctor prescribed a mouth wash for the sores, it was a combination of nystatin and lidocaine. I had a sore throat as well so I drank some of it a few times. Used it only twice after the second cycle. Brush your teeth after every meal and snack and rinse with water and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Take pain killers, take anti nausea pills, take sleeping pills, sleep whenever tired. Eat whatever appeals but avoid processed meat, anything with a list of chemicals; add a few drops of lemon to drinking water. I took loratadine (like Claritin) daily for allergy/sinus problems. The pharmacist said it helps with pain as well and my doctor agreed.

  • Sun Dec 14, 2014

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