Chemotherapy - TheEvilyn8

Drug or Chemo Therapy Associated with Hodgkin Disease. Posted on October 5, 2012 View this journey (6 Experiences)

The standard for Hodgkin's Lymphoma is 12 rounds of ABVD chemotherapy. ABVD consists of four main drugs, one of them is called the RED DEVIL and is used in breast cancer patients too.

"ABVD is a chemotherapy regimen used in the first-line treatment of Hodgkin lymphoma, supplanting the older MOPP protocol. It consists of concurrent treatment with the chemotherapy drugs:
Adriamycin (doxorubicin/hydroxydaunorubicin, the H in CHOP)
Dacarbazine (similar to procarbazine, the P in MOPP"

All I can say is from the inception of this cancer I did not fall into the category of normal patient. I was sick, very sick and for at least 6 days after each treatment. I was given all the normal nausea medications but nothing helped. You could usually find me on the couch for the first 2 to 3 days, only getting up because I had to! The whole concept of water, gone forever! Water tasted like I was licking the inside of a metal pipe, no matter what water I tried to consume. I was usually very dehydrated because of my inability to drink. So I would find whatever worked that week for me, sometimes it was chocolate milk, ice tea or even orange juice! Since chemotherapy is progressive, the first few were ok but by chemo 3 I was really feeling the effects and it was all downhill from there. I hit "The Wall" at chemo 8 and 9, I wanted to die! Physically my muscles had atrophied and after being so dormant all the time, my energy levels were near nothing. Since chemo made me so sick, it effected everything, my family life, my personal view of myself, and most of all our home...Dust bunnies ran free, laundry got done when things were 'running out' and dinner suffered most of all I think. Easy dinners from fast food restaurants, anything I could heat up quick. I completely relied on the flexibility of my family and friends who could donate dinners etc. No one planned for this, nobody told me I would be this sick for this long, nobody! After Chemo 12 was done, I felt relieved but people think there is euphoric thing that happens but it does not, at least it didn't for me. I am still waiting for the euphoric feeling...

Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree

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