• Just finished chemo and had an injection of Neulasta. Feel more tired and weak than previously but N&V OK.

    Asked by Happyjack on Saturday, November 10, 2012

    Just finished chemo and had an injection of Neulasta. Feel more tired and weak than previously but N&V OK.

    Will be getting radiation soon. How have others felt with radiation? Rad/onc said I shouldn't have N&V as radiation will be to lower pelvic area.

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    • cancervivor's Avatar

      I can't speak to the Neulasta,I didn't have that, but I can say that the chemo was much worse on me than the radiation. I thought the radiation would be much worse, judging by what I had been told. It's different on some than others, but I would have took two of those to one chemo, just was much easier.

      Hope it treats you well!

      almost 8 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I've gotten Neupogen is like Neulasta, but it doesn't last as long. I got 5 days of injections, but no bad tiredness from that But like cancervivor said, the chemo took more out of me. It depends, I guess, on what you got for chemo. I've gotten Cisplatin, and now Carboplatin, Erbitux, and Vinirelbine. When I got radiation, it made me very tired, more than the chemo. I got radiation to the left side of my jaw, and then to my lower back. With the back, I did have some nausea, but manageable. It varies for everyone, especially because yours is in a different location. Best of luck to you in your journey. Hugs your way!

      almost 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      By N&V do you mean nausea and vomiting? I didn't have any with radiation, but I didn't have any with chemo or neulasta either.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Maxine's Avatar

      I had 6 chemo treatments, and each was followed by a neulasta shot. I don't know what caused the aches afterwards-- the neulasta or the chemo. After a month of rest I started radiation, which I finished last week. I had to follow a very strict diet for pelvic radiation-- I had terrible stomach problems. Besides that, I felt pretty good!
      It is really6 important that you speak to someone about what you can eat--avoid seeded brerad, green vegetables, lettuce, tomotoes, caffeine,
      and anything fatty. I asked for a prescription for lomotil, which I carried with me so I wouldn't get "caught."
      I didn't miss a day of work with either chemo or radiation, so I guess I did OK! (I am so happy that my treatment has ended.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Hi HappyJack... glad you found us. I had Neulasta a total of six shots in order to get my blood's white cell count back up. I found that I was tired prior to the shots (blood count is off) and slowly would start to feel better. Neulasta works by kicking our bone marrow into high gear turning otu white blood cells. It can give you a deep pain in your bones. It did me. I bore it. Then when I asked the doctor if he could give me something.. He asked if I was still taking Clariton in the AM and Benedryl in the pm? I told him I wasn't experiencing any allergies.... (Pointing out here that it's smart to really listen to the doctor) He explained that the antihystemines in these drugs, help alleviate the deep pain (like flu aches only stronger). God bless you on your journey, I can't answer ?? on radiation, but I'll say a prayer that it's not hard on you.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Happyjack's Avatar

      Thanks for the replies. Carol-Charlie, thanks for all your support. Having a rather rare and aggressive form of Cancer as you and I have had, makes this journey a bit more daunting. God and my Angels are keeping me on track and I so appreciate all that my friends and family have done and continue to do.

      I have a CT scheduled for this Thursday, and the simulation radiation for Nov. 21st. Am anxious to get on with the radiation and, hopefully, a cure! I feel that my surgeon and gyn/onc are more positive about the long term than the rad/onc so am a bit anxious about those feelings. I had a tumor at the lowest point of my uterus (unusual location) which extended into my cervix. No nodes or fallopian tubes involved but cancer came to within 1/10th of breaking through my endometrium. God was there all the time; I had felt as though I had cancer earlier this year and was hoping it was in my uterus.... glad I listened to my body!

      Originally I was scheduled to see 2 oncologist/gynecologists but when the first doctor actually saw the tumor upon the pelvic examination, I said "let's go". One of the things that her office does and that the second doctor's office didn't was to prioritize the referrals. I actually had surgery the day before I would have seen the second doctor! With the aggressive nature of serous papillary cancer and the fact that it had nearly broken through my endometrium, I feel blessed that my surgeon's office put me on the fast track!

      Am feeling a bit stronger today and less off balance, guess the Neulasta is doing its thing!

      I forgot to ask the rad/onc, but does anyone know if we are still immunocompromised and photosensitive while getting radiation treatments?

      Hugs to all, Happyjack

      almost 8 years ago
    • cindywho's Avatar

      I had radiation on lower pelvic area and I did fine. No problems what so ever. I wish you the best of luck. But you never said what kind of cancer you have??? I was diagnosed in 2009 with rectal cancer 3 years later I am still here living my life to the fullest. God bless you!!!

      almost 8 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      I had both chemo & radiation for Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma. I had Gemzar & Taxotere, along with Neulasta shots. The anti-nausea meds that were given worked so well that I never had vomiting ... only occasional nausea and peppermint oil relieved that. I requested to have internal radiation instead of external because I was concerned about the side effects. After evaluation, my oncologists all agreed. I had no side effects with the radiation and found it to be much easier than the chemo. Well, I was fatigued, but nothing more serious. My last chemo treatment was April 20 & my last radiation treatment was July 17. Hope this helps.

      almost 8 years ago

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