• going to start chemotherapy, i will be on DOXOrubicin: (Adriamycin) next week, anyone every try this type of chemo?

    Asked by OscarGarcia925 on Thursday, October 13, 2011

    going to start chemotherapy, i will be on DOXOrubicin: (Adriamycin) next week, anyone every try this type of chemo?

    2months ago was diagnosed with retroparataneal liposarcoma, had a 20pound tumor removed under 2 different surgery's, there's no signs of the tumor growing back but my doctor wants to be aggressive with this cancer and recommended i start this chemo treatment to kill any small cancer cells living inside me.

    I'm just wondering if the side affects of this chemo are worth the risk, and if anyone with sarcoma on adriamycin? what experience did you have? what should i look out for?

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    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      Red Devil know it well had 4 dense dosages of this for my b/c... do not let the name scare you i found this to be much eaiser then the taxoterre I was on afterwards!
      hope u have a port in it just makes things easy.
      you will pee red or pink for 12 to 24 hours afterwards. I had a tummy issue with it heartburn so they gave me nexium and that took care of it. by day 4 you are feeling much better I was drugged pretty good They gave me Emends the day of chemo and then zofran then benadryl day 2 i just took another emmends and only once durring the whole treatment did I need to take my other pills
      warning if u get generic zofran it disolves in your mouth waroks fast but DO NOT DO NOT drink water with in 30 minutes of taking the pill u will get a massive head ach..
      I did really well on this concidering how much I was getting too. I also got a nuprin shot 24 hr after chemo to bring up white cells Hair will fall out but it grows back all BODY hair falls out
      this chemo kicks so serious cancer butt.
      afters your first chemo you will feel weird but i was running around Sams the next day
      the best way to describe chemo is like being hung over...
      It did kill my disire to eat but milkshakes were my best friend for 4 days by day 4 my kids were bringing me take out mexican food the spicer the better...
      Some people get plugged up and some get the runs from this by day 4 you will know what you are once you i am being blunt here but once you crap it all out you feel human again. just like being hung over...
      just make sure ur onc give you good nono drugs aka anti puke meds

      almost 9 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      make sure everyone in your family has a flu shoot including you...
      me they had to drag into chemo kicking and crying I was so freaked out so scared of this drug.. but it really was not that bad as I expected. your chemo nurse will be your bff ask your nurse how to take your anti puke meds there is an order to take them that really works better. drink as much water as you can...
      let the chemo do its job....
      Has the dr did a muga scan of your heart first? it is always recommended for this chemo it can have some heart issue but so can allot of things ...
      as for the risk alls it takes is 1 cell to get out and wham you r in allot of trouble. My mominlaw died her dr did not giver her chemo for c=kidney cancer 2 years later she was gone so to me life is worth the chemo.....

      almost 9 years ago
    • TubThumping's Avatar

      I did three rounds of AIM earlier this year (Adriamycin, Ifosomide, Mesna) It kicked my butt. The Adriamycin was administered on an overnight pump for three nights. Drink lots and lots of water. I had horribly mouth sores after round two and the worst case of thrush ever. I agree with mspinkladybug, your digestive system is going to be ultra confused. I didn't know from one day to the next if I needed Imodium or Dulcolax. My blood counts took a huge hit and wound up with 6 blood transfusions and two platelet transfusions before it was over. Six months later, its all a blur. Keep a positive outlook and make sure you articulate ant side effects to your nurse. I only got sick 3 times and I think it was from ultra-salty food however I had chronic hiccups. I mentioned it as a ha-ha one day and was told it was an actual side effect.

      almost 9 years ago
    • CancerHAWK's Avatar

      Have you gotten a second opinion? Since sarcomas are rare (occur in only 1% of adult patients) not every doctor is well versed in the best way to treat them.

      Also there's a great resource from The Sarcoma Alliance that will pay (up to $1K) for expenses associated with getting a second opinion. http://www.cancerhawk.com/2011/04/attn-sarcoma-patients-check-this-out.html

      Has your doctor discussed radiation to the site also?

      almost 9 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      Every one should get a second opinion BUT i am extreamly leary of a company or person offering money for one....
      Most insurance co cover a second at no charge to you.

      almost 9 years ago
    • StacyM's Avatar

      I had stage 2 grade 2 large sarcoma in my left thigh. I had surgery to remove it and started 33 radiation treatments 5 weeks later. I had a PET scan done after radiation and although it was clear, my oncologist wanted me to do chemo as an insurance policy. About 6 weeks later, I started 6 rounds of adriamycin, ifosfamide/mesna--3 days in the hospital every 3 weeks with the neulasta shot before going home from the hospital. My doctor told me it is a heavy-duty treatment. I had very little side effects compared to a lot of people. I was tired, but able to return to work 3 days after getting home. I did have trouble with constipation, very little nausea (soda crackers usually worked), some heartburn/indigestion. I had to have blood transfusions every session beginning with the 3rd as my numbers dropped too low. I had mouth sores for about a week starting with the 4th or 5th session. My doctor was amazed at the lack of symptoms I had; I was (and still am) drinking Essiac tea daily. I felt the chemo was much less painful than the radiation treatments. I have been finished for about 12 weeks now and my hair is about 1/8" long. I had another PET scan on July 12 and it was clear; next chest xray is around Oct 22.

      Best of luck to you!


      about 8 years ago
    • so4getful's Avatar

      Just started DOXO myself... 4 days ago. First few days I felt a little off kilter. Been tired too. All in all, it's not been as bad as expected. Next session is in 3 days, and concerned that the worst is yet to come. Thanks for asking your question--lots of good responses for me too here.

      almost 8 years ago

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