• Chemo to begin soon

    Asked by Kathy on Monday, October 15, 2012

    Chemo to begin soon

    I am dealing with ovarian cancer second time around three years later. New for me this time is that we are going to do IP chemo. I am so very nervous as I venture on to another unknown. VERY NERVOUS. I will be starting this on Oct 23. Any words of encouragement will be so appreciated. Thank you so much. I am very new to this specific website - but it's kinda neat, isn't it?

    18 Answers from the Community

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    • Pheonix's Avatar
      Pheonix

      Hi Kathy,
      My response is a little late. Website trouble. But I want to share my experience with you. I ha d IP chemo along with conventional IV chemo every 21 days for 4 months. I'm not going to tell its easy or without any side effects cause there are & at times it's hard. But you can get
      through it, I'm thankful I did. You may need to be hydrated after the treatments, I needed fluids for a few hours for two days afterward. Most important I think was the positive visualization I associated with the treatment. I would visualize the fluid killing any malignant cells that may be lingering.

      almost 7 years ago
    • jenpwrs' Avatar
      jenpwrs

      Hi Kathy. I've had IP chemo several times. I've also had 6 years of traditional chemo. I think the IP is easier, but I was hospitalized when mine was given. Perhaps that made it easier because I wasn't tempted to get up and do things. Overall, I think it is very do-able. Best of all, from what I read, it is very effective. Knowing that you are getting such a state-of-the art treatment always helps me mentally. Remember others have gotten through this, so that means that you can too. I've not been able to do much this last year, but I've noticed that having simple things to keep my mind busy helps tremendously. I've always been a reader, but lately I am addicted to audiobooks-easier when I'm tired. Just remember to reach out when you need to.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar
      Kathy

      Thank you so much for all of the responses on here. They are so helpful and meaningful coming from people who have been there. It's been hard waiting - it's not like something to look forward to. I hope the side effects can be manageable so my life can have some enjoyment while going thru the treatments.

      almost 7 years ago

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