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Has anyone else had a brillantly red face when recieving Doxil? It is my 2nd infusion and my face is beat red! It happened after the first time around and I called the doctor. He said it was normal. He was the doctor on call, not my regular one! I think it is very strange to me! 
Just checking to see if anyone else knows about this.....Lori
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I got a beat red face from Adriamycin. Since it is in the same family, do you think that is why they have similar S/E's??

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That sounds familiar......How long did it last? Mine is about a day or so.

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I had streaks and beet (beat) red faced complexion throughout my entire chemotherapy, adriamycin, cytoxin, the 12 wkly tx of Taxol and later throughout Radiation.  Looking back, I wonder if it was not caused by the STEROIDS or perhaps the Benidryl.  I don't know.  It continues to bother me now...two years after tx ended.  Let us know, please, if you find out why this is happening to you.  I am thinking it is definately an allergic reation to something. What?  I wonder.
 
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I had AC plus 12x Taxol. I had the red face esp for a day or 2 after. My onc nurse said it was due to the Decadron. It actually looked like sunburn and was on my upper chest and neck, too. The upside was that everybody thought I had good color for being on chemo!


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If they only knew what it really was from. I doubt it is from decadron as I have had that before and this is something new. oh well!

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With A/C I looked like a clown with two rosy cheeks for a couple of days. My face also felt hot. I don't get that with Abraxane.

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That sounds like me! But it's been 3 days so I'm back to being my pale self!

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Yep! I bet it is the Adriamycin/Doxil reaction... they are the same drug, just with different delivery systems.
I thought I looked good with  my red "blush"- I wish it lasted longer than the couple of days!


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Just when I said "no red face with Abraxane". My face looks like I've been on a vacation to Florida today. I had chemo yesterday. My DH says my face is always red a few days post chemo. Since, I have chemonesia a lot lately I hadn't remembered until he reminded me. I get so frustrated with my memory. I need to start writing things down. Things to ask/tell my Onc. I don't take ANYTHING accept Lorazapam(sp?) once in a while to help me sleep or just to keep me from going off the deep end (stress). So, it has to be the chemo.

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Stacy, I tried that- writing a list of questions for my onc-
I left it at home!

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Gina,
I've done that too. ha ha
I have been able to blame my absent-mindedness on chemo. I have been very forgetful, more than my normal ditsy blond self. I don't think anybody believes chemo affects the memory. I just get "yeah right" and eye rolls. They think I'm joking. I locked myself and my niece out of the house a couple of weeks ago. We got rescued, but I ALWAYS check for my keys before I shut the door. I couldn't believe I did that. That's just one of many.
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Stacy, you are not alone with the chemo brain - I forgot my appointment with the oncologist today at 11:30 - I had it on two calenders, on my desktop, and I was planning on it around 10:00 AM - somehow, I didn't think of it again until 2:30PM!!
 
People just don't understand unless it effects them, too - it is very subtle.
 
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Gina - I have a composition notebook that I take to all doctor appt - and I keep it in a canvas bag...so far, I have remembered to take it with me.  Started taking notes at time of Dx so I would remember what I was being told as it was all so much to absorbed...and I have just kept it up..  Was also keeping a journal...did great with it during Tx and for a while after...now I just avoid writing in it...go a couple months w/out writing...but I need to get back to it...its a way to keep track of how I am doing as I won't remember when I get to the doctor.  I have a different notebook that I keep for the therapist and psychiatrist...

Stacy - I am 2 1/2 years post chemo and till very recently really struggled with memory, word retrieval and organiztion.  I have been taking Adderal for several months, but last month the dose was increased and that has helped with the foggy brain...last week, I all of a sudden went wow...it is different...hope it keeps up...but memory is still not what is was before chemo.

Limner - I've not forgotten appt, but I have a big calendar on the frig and I find myself checking in several times/day...also I keep a sticky note where I can see it with the agenda for the day...and it includes things like  grocery store...laundry..and also any appt...but it is quite the challenge...had quite great organizational skills before all this..and the lack of them really did me in at work..


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Hate to be a party-pooper but I think some of the forgetfulness might be from age. Sorry!!!!

If you had trouble remembering stuff before chemo, it is very likely that you will continue to forget stuff as you get older.   
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