• im about to start chemo in a couple of weeks and i would like to know what to expect on my first time

    Asked by karz1313 on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

    im about to start chemo in a couple of weeks and i would like to know what to expect on my first time

    I just had my breast cancer removed 16 days ago I was in stage 3

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    • RE16's Avatar

      Everyone is different but I imagine you will be quite nervous, more than likely your doctor will give you something to take the night before to help you to relax. My infusions lasted 6 hours and I always choose to bring my walkman (yes I said walkman not IPOD as it was way back in the late 90's) and listen to my favorite music and drift off to sleep during the infusion. Do try to relax if at all possible, it is truly not as bad as most imagine it to me. Yes you may get sick so be sure to take the meds the doc gives you at the designated times as that will help you with neausea. It is helpful to start writting your treatment questions down now as you will not remember them once you are in front of the doctor. Keep a note pad handy that you can jot your question down on and take it with you to your appointments. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids on the day of chemo and a few days afterwards to help flush your system. You will most likely be quite tired so rest as much as you feel the need to, you are not being lazy you are actually being smart and taking good care of yourself. You may find that you lose your appetite so eat small portions as often as you feel like eatting (you want to keep your nutrition up). Those are a few of the things that come to mind. The important thing to remember is that chemo is a means to an end and it is doable. You can do this, you can get through this and once you do you will regain your strength with time. My best to you!


      over 9 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I'll just piggyback RE with some things I remember. If you have a port, there is a cream called EMLA that you apply an hour before your treatment; it numbs the area and makes port access painless! For sure, take all the meds for nausea. They really make a difference. One med I took before and after was Emend. I was also given some kind of steroid before treatment and it really wound me up. I usually went to treatment (an hour and a half from my home) with a friend and we would shop afterward. While I was getting my infusion, I would watch videos and usually drift off to sleep. When I was awake, sometimes I'd eat. The center had meals and drinks available and I always drank juice. I usually felt fine for a day and a half after treatment and then crashed and just needed to rest for two days. Your protocol and meds are probably different so your response may be different. At first, I was really nervous going into chemo, but the nurses were so wonderful and I felt very well cared for. It is no picnic, but you CAN do it! : )

      over 9 years ago
    • ChrisRu's Avatar

      All will be very individual. I have chemo now since more than 3 years, 5FU, Oxiplatin, Taxotere, Cetuximab. It is always on Mondays (around 6 hrs) and I go to work from Tuesday to Friday. Of course you sometimes feel weak or sick, but you can do it. Do not be afraid, the chemo is there to help you. It is not your enemy.

      over 9 years ago
    • maf's Avatar

      I am stage II adrenal cancer. Tumor and adrenal gland removed July 2011. About 40 radiation treatments I did get fatigued but I could continue to work. Sometimes I left work early and went home to SLEEP. Rest as much as you need to. Red blood cell and hemoglobin counts were low. Doctor took repeated blood work to see how my 'counts' were. Now I am taking an oral form of chemo (Mitotane). It affects my sense of taste. But you do what you can. Good luck anyone with adrenal cortical cancer. I wish they knew more about it!

      almost 9 years ago

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