• HAS ANYONE DONE A 21 DAY CYCLE OF CYTOXAN,EPIRUBICIN,FLUOROURACIL (5-FU)?

    Asked by arizonagirl on Saturday, November 3, 2012

    HAS ANYONE DONE A 21 DAY CYCLE OF CYTOXAN,EPIRUBICIN,FLUOROURACIL (5-FU)?

    I AM STARTING 4 CYCLES 21 DAYS APART, & WAS WONDERING WHAT THE MOST COMMON SIDE EFFECTS ARE & THE TIMING OF FEELING THESE EFFECTS MIGHT BE?

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    • Nancebeth's Avatar
      Nancebeth

      I had 6 cycles 21 days apart but I had Cytoxen, Methyltrexate and 5FU, also known as CMF. I would get my chemo on Friday afternoon, feel crappy Friday night, feel good on Saturday and back to crappy on Sunday. Back to work on Monday. The oncology nurses should have met with you for your "chemo education" and explained what all the effects could be. I had some unusual ones but I also had the most common ones as well, such as diarreah, bloody nose, dry skin, joint pain, fatigue and hair loss.
      Good luck.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      Ask you oncologist to please give you a sheet of the possible side effects of your particular chemo drug. Mine did and it alleviated my fears. However, my doctor also gave me meds to take sometimes prior to the infusion and sometimes after and sometimes both depending on the drugs they were giving me. I never once got sick and threw up... never. Food had no taste for the first few months of chemo... I found French Toast tasted good.. ate tons of it. Then I added Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup...with 10 saltine crackers... So good. Then slowly I could start tasting. I had to years of chemo treatments. I lost my hair.. everywhere... don't know why that surprised me. My fingers and feet became numb and I have some neuropathy still today alsmost 7 years later, that will not get better. WHO CARES..... I'm alive, I feeling good, heck in May next year I'll be 70.. That's a good thing. I've danced at grandson's wedding, held his son in my arms. More weddings and such will figure into my days. The biggest thing I noticed was a was very very tired... chemo effects add on top of each other as it battles to kill the cancer cells. Your body is fighting hard to live (my oncologist said). He told me to sleep when I was tired and let the chemo and my body do their jobs. I had six cycles of three infusions each... 28 day cycles. Then when my hair was a 'crew cut'... my oncologist said he'd like to (per a recently approved trial of another drug) start me on that drug with once a month infusions for the next 12 months. I patted 'goodbye' to my hair, the oncologist laughed and said... that'll go again. I made it through the rain as the song says. I am woman hear me roar!!!! These songs ran through my mind. I was given six months after surgery and here I am today... almost 7 years later... and I'm totally cancer free! God is a mighty God. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and He will lead your through it!

      almost 5 years ago

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