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    Guillermo posted an update

    I would like to hear from other as to what they did during chemo to better fight side affects, keep energy up and not lose appetite as much. Any recommendation are welcomed!

    Thanks in advance.

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    • DaveWaz's Avatar
      DaveWaz

      This is a great question, and you might want to post it in our Questions section (see my welcome post to see how). Also, check out @CarolLHRN, @StunnedMike, @PhillieG and @ttisme. They are all fighting colon cancer and have been rurally helpful.

      almost 9 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar
      PhillieG

      Hi Guillermo,
      Sorry to hear of your dx. What stage are you and what chemo are you on? You're a young guy, I was 46 when I was diagnosed, fairly young too. I'm stage IV and started with FOLFOX along with Avastin which was just approved. I had some fatigue but not as much as I thought I'd have. I actually started to kayak every day a few months after starting chemo and before I had surgery. I'm more of a morning person so I found that getting up and just doing it helped. By the time I woke up I was already on the lake.

      There were issues with appetite the longer I was on the chemo the more I lost my sense of taste. I often just did not feel like eating at all not to mention there were some issues with nausea. The good news is that it DOES come back when you stop. Now I'm not advocating any illegal activities, but if you are fortunate to live in a state that allows the use of medicinal marijuana it certain does wonders with many of the side effects of chemo. Why it is not legal is beyond me (other than they claim there's no money in it which I think is BS)

      If you can be more specific with your stage and chemo protocol I'm sure others will have more info to help them advise you.
      -phil

      almost 9 years ago