• just nervous, chemo and radiation start on 4/3/13

    Asked by beckyleu on Friday, March 29, 2013

    just nervous, chemo and radiation start on 4/3/13

    just nervous, chemo and radiation start on 4/3/13

    24 Answers from the Community

    24 answers
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Of course you are nervous, it's natural. I would be concerned if you weren't. I was a ball of nerves last week before I started a Clinical Trail I am participating in. I have been on various chemo regimens since Sept 2010, and I was nervous before the start of each. I don't remember being nervous before I started Radiation just over 2 years ago, but I think I was in a state of numb shock. I had a lumpectomy at the end of Dec 2010, and was still being treated for my advanced kidney cancer.

      Take a few calming breaths, try to be kind and love yourself. Do things you enjoy, i found watching movies, in the theater, streaming or on DVD very calming. I saw lots and lots of silly comedies, laughter and a sense of humor really help.

      Send prayers, hugs, and healing vibes for next Wednesday. Hugs, Calming and healing vibes for now. Keep us posted on your progress.

      over 7 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      The anticipation is the worst part. You will get through. I know that I burst into tears waiting for them to access my port for my first chemo (didn't have rads.)

      over 7 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Anything new and scary like any cancer treatment is going to make you nervous. Enjoy this weekend and do things you like that the treatment might prevent and try not to spend too much time thinking about it. Worring is generaly worse than the treatment its self. Good Luck and we will say a prayer for you Wednesday.

      over 7 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Beckyleu--I was nervous w/my first cancer about the radiation; then I found radiation (the whole idea of it) amounted to being kinda creepy, but it didn't hurt (I never burned) and I later wondered why I'd worried at all!

      Before chemo with this cancer, I was extremely nervous...thought I'd be throwing up all of the time (never did in 5 months of chemo), etc. What seemed to help me this time was to do everything I could to prepare myself ahead of time--packing a "chemo bag" I kept in the closet and took to each chemo treatment. It had crossword puzzles, hard candy, my ipod, a magazine and a lap blanket in it--everything I thought I might need/want during treatment. After I packed it up, I planned what clothes I would wear on chemo day. I always wore sweats w/a top that was cut low enough so the nurses could easily access my port. Maybe this seems silly, but making these preparations made me feel in control and not so nervous! Maybe it would work for you, too? We'll be thinking of you on 4/3; let us know how it goes. Best wishes.

      over 7 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      It is absolutely normal to be nervous. However, once you get going on your Treatment Plan, you will realize that chemo and radiation are valuable weapons in your battle. They are not the enemy - cancer is!! -- Chemo and Radiation are your friends and they give you power. With that attitude you will move forward and get all of this behind you. I wish you the best.

      over 7 years ago
    • Fitness64's Avatar

      So normal. I had chemo n radiation for colorectal cancer. It gets easier when u know what to expect. Stay strong

      over 7 years ago
    • jearlesred's Avatar

      I'm glad you posted this. It's always good to have support from those who understand what you'll be going through. It's always best to be prepared in terms of having nausea meds handy. I ended up taking a rotation of Zofran and Compazine - this helped me keep the nausea under control. Always having something in my stomach (saltines are good) seemed to help as well. Also, you will probably feel very tired through this experience - just accept it and don't feel bad for napping - naps are good (: Good luck

      over 7 years ago
    • joyce1979's Avatar

      Being nervous is normal. Try to think on the positive, knowing with these treatments you are getting closer to surviving cancer. Think of this as a step on the way to recovery. The radiation didn't bother me too much, but after several weeks of chemo had then the side affects began. My husband was a very great support for me & I hope you have someone to cheer you and help you on this journey. Know others have gone this path and have survived to tell about it. God bless you.

      over 7 years ago
    • joyce1979's Avatar

      Being nervous is normal. Try to think on the positive, knowing with these treatments you are getting closer to surviving cancer. Think of this as a step on the way to recovery. The radiation didn't bother me too much, but after several weeks of chemo had then the side affects began. My husband was a very great support for me & I hope you have someone to cheer you and help you on this journey. Know others have gone this path and have survived to tell about it. God bless you.

      over 7 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      Sending virtual hugs to help you with the nervousness.

      over 7 years ago
    • hmt1070's Avatar

      My first chemo treatment was five years ago this week. After weeks of tests and appointments, I think I was scared, nervous, and maybe relieved to actually get started. With each day, you will hopefully find a little more comfort, confidence, strength and peace of mind. There are a lot of unknowns throughout the process, so take it one day at a time. Listen to your body, trust your treatment team and don't be afraid to ask for and accept help if you need it. Good wishes to you :)

      over 7 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Of course you are nervous, this is a lot to wrap our heads around. I did chemo and radiation. Chemo was not fun, but it was doable. I found radiation to be much easier except for a slight burn at the end. But I was given aloe compresses for it, they were kept in the fridge. As questions come up, write them down and do not hesitate to ask! For chemo, we are kept pretty comfortable with meds. I napped a lot. And, hair does grow back, I promise. You will be very fatigued though, so get some help and have easy to grab food. Also, constipation is a common side effect of chemo, so keep prunes, stool softeners or a laxative on hand. Also drink plenty of fluids after treatments. Use this time to sleep, watch movies, read or listen to music. Try to not be around too many people. Your white blood cell count will go way down and germs can really affect your weakened immune system. Your oncology nurses should give you plenty of info to read. Educate yourself. Radiation is inconvenient, but will seem easy after chemo. You did not say what type of cancer you are fighting but I wish you the best! There are more Survivors than ever before now. You will be ok and we are all cheering for you!

      over 7 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      All great suggestions. My advice, from recent personal experience is to report all symptoms to the docs and take the medicines they prescribe to help you feel better. I was toughing it out and by week 4 they told me to take the medications. They all helped.

      Good luck on and best wishes on your healing journey.

      over 7 years ago
    • comp's Avatar

      yes i have been through the chemodid not have to have radiation if you need some support im here for you any time i had breast cancer lost my right breast and 17 lymphnodes in my right arm

      over 7 years ago
    • angellinda's Avatar

      I started the day after Easter on 4/13/10. I'm still here. TNBC. I was nervous too. 413 is a great car engine. Next Chemo was 4/26, 426, My Favorite Car engine! I thought those are Great numbers for car engines. Not for Chemo. But I did survive. Do what you can to take your mind off.. Watch TV, listen to music. I used to get strange songs in my head after Chemo!! For no reason.. One was "Waltz across Texas"!! I don't know how but I guess my mind helped me cope! Do you have a lap top to bring and do things on? I didn't. So TV and watching that was going on.. I wanted to Help, care & save everyone there!! I'd watch bird in the feeder outside the Chemo window. Make sure you tell them of any discomfort. Like Adriamyicin made me pee' Red I hated that!! I'd get a Treat after each Chemo. Like my daughter drove my husband past the New Dodge Challengers. Being a Car girl I'd Dream I'd own one if I live. Still dreaming! But am still alive!! I'd also get a ice cream cone after each Chemo as well. We all deserve a reward. I had 35 days of radiation. I got throught it. During Chemo you may get benedryl so you may feel like dozing off!! Stay Hydrated and make the best out of it. Knowing you can do this! You'll Win!!! Best of Luck to you!!

      over 7 years ago
    • fgj's Avatar

      It's understandable that you are nervous, but keep in mind that this is your opportunity to fight your disease. Grab the chance with both hands and don't let go because many others are not so lucky. I had 6 rounds of chemo and 53 doses of Herceptin to combat breast cancer, so I was at infusion once a week for a full year. After surgery, I also had 28 radiation treatments. Sometimes it seemed that I would never be finished, but I listened to the advice of my nurses and I was never sick from chemo. I made sure to eat healthy and exercise every day. If you feel yourself starting to panic, take a moment and be grateful for the opportunity to fight your disease. Look around the room and draw strength from those around you fighting their own battle. God bless you and give you strength.

      over 7 years ago
    • winsomebulldog's Avatar

      Oh, honey, it'll be okay. I did the whole routine. Had to have a port put in so I could get Adriamycin. It's got a bad rep, but I came through it all just fine. Lost my hair, had hot flashes like you wouldn't believe. It was the dead of winter but I was still burning up half the time. I started off doing the scarf and/or hat thing but before long I tossed it all and just went "naked."

      Before I started I did TONS of research. My hubby was afraid that I was expecting the worst but the truth was, I wanted to know what the worst might be so if it came along, I wouldn't be shocked or freaked out. In the end, the whole process was so, so much easier than I expected because of that. Just knowing how bad it could have been made the few side effects I did have seem trivial.

      You'll get through it. And once you come out the other side, you'll be amazed by how strong you truly are. Just take it one day at a time, one minute if you need to. Don't let the fear get the better of you. You can and will beat this thing. If you can, do your best to find the humor in the situations you'll find yourself in. Believe me when I say that being able to laugh at the absurdity will get you through a lot. God bless you, hon.

      over 7 years ago
    • jam's Avatar

      I was nervous too, it did not hit me that I have cancer until I started chemo, before you go make sure you eat a big breakfast it helps not just toast are crackers, and I took some allergy med because of the antihistamine it also help with the pain in my joints, and drink a lot of water...radiation is not that bad, I started my radiation a month after I stop my chemo, I had radiation for 3 weeks...stay strong and if you need help, please ask your family and friends. I had no one to help me.

      over 7 years ago
    • bigpittstop's Avatar

      Nerves are ok. Going to your first treatment will make everything make more sense and you will find a rhythm that makes everything a little easier each time.

      over 7 years ago
    • jaygee's Avatar

      Nervous? I was petrified! My Mother was with me, and I was trying to be brave for her. She was a wreck. The nurse who administered my treatment was an absolute professional. I went in later in the afternoon, and we had to push slowly the first time so we could check for adverse reactions. He stayed with me till the end, and I mean he walked us to the door. I didn't feel bad until after the second push. Words of advice: Stay in front of the eight ball with your nausea meds. I always had someone with me. Mother, Father, Boyfriend, Cousin, Brother. They all took turns sitting with me. Be sure you eat something light before you get treated. Just in case you are under the weather the next day. I usually ate Honey Nut cheerios after labs and before treatment. Take a book, i-pod, things to take you away. Usually I slept some. I always hated when they pushed the flush between rounds of chemo. I could taste and smell it. YUK! Someone told me to keep a peppermint candy or peppermint lifesaver in your mouth. I did and it helped a LOT! I took a towel for my face so I wouldn't smell the flushing stuff either. I was a baby. Nervous? Be nervous if you want. Cry if you want! It's not easy doing what you're doing! But stay strong and keep the faith. Good luck to you! Let us know how you are doing!

      over 7 years ago
    • BetsyP's Avatar

      I've been through both chemo and radiation. In fact, finished last Friday. You can do this. You are strong. You have this whole community behind you. Hugs~

      over 7 years ago
    • survivethrive's Avatar

      I finished my process a year ago. Both breasts removed, chemo and radiation. I'm still here. It was not the easiest thing I've done but you can do it!

      Relax, deep breath! Remember to take it one step at a time! One day at a time if necessary.
      I agree with SueRae and all the others. Be kind to yourself. Plan for your crash days. Have foods and drink you enjoy. Videos can be great. When you can, take a walk. Exercise, eat a healthy diet.
      Welcome to a very elite club of the toughest people on the planet. I'm sending my love to you.
      Ask your nurses for advice on avoiding side effects. Be ready with meds to help with side effects, just in case!

      over 7 years ago
    • punker1976's Avatar

      You just go with it.....bring some trinkets from home that remind you of your family or friends and take then out and look at them often. Read a book, or if you have a Kindle, watch a movie (best investment I ever made, the Kindle. You will be OK.

      over 7 years ago
    • mabrown's Avatar

      I am 3 1/2 weeks into my treatment (2 weeks to go). I currently have radiation and chemo. For Chemo I'm taking Xeloda and thankfully haven't had any trouble with it. Radiation is going good, just some rectal irritation. The most important thing is to educate yourself. Also know that every person is different and has different reactions to treatment. Surround yourself with support and ACCEPT the support and help from others.

      over 6 years ago

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