• First Day of Chemo

    Asked by pumba on Sunday, September 4, 2016

    First Day of Chemo

    Hi everyone. I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma two weeks ago and will be starting chemo on Tuesday. I will be having chemo every three weeks. What should I expect and how should I handle the following weeks in between chemo?

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I have adenocarcinoma of the lungs, so I likely received different drugs. I, too, got chemo every 3 weeks. I got a cocktail of carboplatin, Alimta, and Avastin.

      I felt good the day and the day after chemo. The third, fourth and fifth days were ugly. I threw up and was absolutely miserable. By the sixth say day, I began to feel more like I was going to live. Week 2, I was very fatigued, but no longer ill. By week 3, I felt pretty good.

      Everyone responds differently. Many here didn't get sick at all. For me, anti-nausea med were useless, but for others, they worked great.

      I was able to keep my full-time job. I did miss a day or two every cycle.

      Best of luck!!

      about 3 years ago
    • Catellen's Avatar
      Catellen

      I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a couple months ago. I get chemo every week, the first week I get two meds, paclitaxel and carboplatin. The next two weeks I get one med Paclitaxel and then back to two meds and so on.
      The first week I felt good the day of my chemo, but the next two days I was extremely tired and had a couple of bouts of vomiting but nothing too major. By Thursday I was feeling pretty good again and felt better Friday Saturday and Sunday. The next week I had one medication and I had no side effects at all and felt very good the whole week.
      For me, I just listen to my body, if I need to sleep I sleep, and those couple of days I slept all day and all night. I also made sure that I took my anti-nausea medications whether or not I felt sick so my nausea and vomiting were well-controlled. I always stayed well hydrated but couldn't stand the taste of water so drank lots of coconut water instead.
      I was so afraid cause I had watched my mom struggle with terrible side effects but everyone's experience is so different. Try to take it day by day. Hugs and best wishes to you.

      about 3 years ago
    • dhtdiver's Avatar
      dhtdiver

      I had DLBCNHL in 2012 and went thru 4 rounds of RCHOP21. Nothing to be concerned with. There was virtually no side effects aside from 1 day of fatigue each session following the infusion. My treatments were Mon, Tues and Wed. On Thurs, I was quite tired, rested a bit and was fine by Thurs aft. The time between sessions were quite normal and I was able to do pretty much what I wanted to do. Keep us informed.

      about 3 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar
      Schlegel

      First, nausea and vomiting is not a problem because they give you something for this. Beyond that, we are all different, but most of the side effects are mild -- fatigue, mild diarrhea for a day or two. I developed an infection after my first chemo. After I recovered from that, I got chemo on Monday. On Tuesday I went to the hospital for my Neulasta shot, saw my home physical therapy patients during the day, and went to band practice at night. Chemo isn't what it used to be.

      about 3 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar
      Schlegel

      Forgot to say I got R-CHOP.

      about 3 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Check out the blogs here about chemo and what to expect. Good information. And also what to bring with you. My favorite things were a soft fleece blanket, and my chemo bag, which was packed with a wonderful selection of things that made me feel better, like tea, candy, hand lotion and other things.
      I'm hoping that your center gives you a "teach" session where they walk you through the chemo room, show you where the bathroom is, and other things that will help you get through the days. And they should give you a list of when to call them, like fevers, vomiting, and other things that can happen.
      God Bless you as you start this part of the journey.

      about 3 years ago
    • Mo62's Avatar
      Mo62

      I get Rixtuxin amd Teandra (Think that is the spelling) . I have 2 days of chemo monthly, 4 weeks apart. The first rounds were the toughest but they pre-load you with meds to fight side effects. The IV benedryl give me restless leg syndrome. My appetite is decreased for the following week. Make sure you drink a lot of extra fluid to help flush your system. Everyone will react differently. fatigue is normal but I am employed full time and only miss work my chemo days. It does get easier I think with each round. I have NHL -Follicular.

      about 3 years ago
    • ariez's Avatar
      ariez

      I have the same type of cancer only a Stage IV and was treated with R-CHOP in 2013. Nausea and vomiting was not a problem with me ... mostly just felt sick for a few days after treatment. My hair fell out but there's lots of hats and scarves to keep your head warm available. Keep busy, think positive! Wishing you well on your journey!!!

      about 3 years ago
    • webbsurvivor's Avatar
      webbsurvivor

      You will probably be on Rchop chemo. They wil give you anti nausea meds with your chemo. Within 3 days after, you will go back for Neulasta or similar white cell building shot. This may make your flat bones (hips, shoulder blades) ache as they produce marrow. But remember that shows it's working. You may get hiccups from some of the meds. If so ask for a different anti nausea. You will be weak. Maybe night sweats. Watch for irratic heart beat, feeling like its racing. This must be corrected if you experience it so tell your doctor. Take candy and drinks to chemo with you. It's 2-3 hours with an IV in your arm. Take books or maybe an iPad with a movie. If you feel really tired, tell your doctor, they may decide to give you a transfusion. Which takes even longer than chemo. Keep your spirits up, this process should get you to remission. Best of luck

      about 3 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar
      HeidiJo

      I also had non Hodgkins and received R-CHOP chemo. I had a port placed, and had treatments every 3 weeks. I vomited the first day, then was nausous and tired the rest of the time. Tell your doctor of any side effects, there are meds available and you shouldnt have to suffer, Be sure to ask your What Next family if you have any questions, we are a good source of info!

      about 3 years ago
    • Schlegel's Avatar
      Schlegel

      pumba, I wish you well today. Let us know how you are doing.

      about 3 years ago
    • pumba's Avatar
      pumba

      Wow thank you all for all the replies and support! I really appreciate each and every one of you. I took everyone's advice and drank lots of water yesterday. I felt back to normal around 3 am this morning and then felt slight nausea this morning. I took the anti-nausea meds the doctor prescribed for me and have been eating today. I went back in for my neulasta shot today. Praying that everything goes well. God bless you all, sending all my best wishes to you. <3

      about 3 years ago
    • CajunGaLady's Avatar
      CajunGaLady

      Hi, I had Non Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage IV diagnosed in March. Went through 6 rounds of RCHOP had 1 blood transfusion worked during chemo and felt great the entire time. In remission now. Good Luck and will keep you in my prayers.

      about 3 years ago

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