• my 1st chemo treatment today

    Asked by smoky5 on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    my 1st chemo treatment today

    I didn't know what to expect, but after 6hrs of chemo I don't feel bad. Waiting for the bottom to fall out. Taking it one step at a time. I'm on three drugs Avastin Alimta and Carboplaten I have to go every week for blood work and shots for whitecell count and Chemo every 3 weeks, don't know for how long so much to take in all at once. Is this normal for stage 4 lung cancer?

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    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline (Best Answer!)

      I have stage IV breast cancer and uterine cancer but I just wanted to congratulate you on completing your first chemo! yay! And I did also want to warn you, they give us steroids, fluids, and may other drugs along with the chemo so at least in my case I always got my "chemo crash" about 4 or 5 day after treatment, when the steroids wore off....so it could happen and if it does happen please remember that once you crash for a day or two then it starts to get better again. At least that was my experience and many of the same drugs are used for these cancers. And yes I think that blood work once a week is fine and normal for someone stage IV undergoing chemo, that is I do when I am in treatment, which is most of the time. It sounds like they are taking good care of you and again I want to congratulate you and wish you lots of luck for your future treatments. It isn't our grandparents chemo at all, they are really good at dealing with the side effects and the modern drugs are much easier to take then the drugs even a few years ago. I am in my cancer center every week and these days most of the other patients actually look healthy! It is amazing how many gains that modern medicine has made recently and I myself am very grateful. Yes of course it is very hard to do but at least things are better than they were. Over the past 3 decades I took care of my grandmother, boyfriend, and my mother with cancer so I am speaking from my own outlook as a caregiver and now as a patient that it really has gotten better. Take care and best of wishes to you!

      over 6 years ago
    • JeanB's Avatar

      My bottom would fall out about 5 days after chemo. Remember to take your meds before you are really sick. It's easier to stay ahead of the nausea. Water, water, water. Stay hydrated.
      Congratulations on your first chemo.....one step down. Keep us posted.

      over 6 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar

      I had no idea of what to expect, except nausea and hair falling out. 2 days after my first chemo, I felt a little bit achy, but did not associate it with the chemo. Well, it got worse for the next 3-5 days. Nothing helped the pain. For the second round, I asked my onc what I could do for the pain. So, I used a heating pad for whatever was aching and took warm baths (which contributed to my uti's). Take pain and nausea medicine if needed (and before it gets bad). They always work better before the pain gets too bad.

      over 6 years ago
    • Suzmeister's Avatar

      I would be fine the first couple of days after a chemo session but day 3 or 4, I would start feeling it - fatigue, some mild nausea (not bad if you keep up w/ the anti-nausea meds they give you). It only lasted a few days, however, nothing horrible. The neupogen shots did cause spinal pain and pain in the back of my skull which was uncomfortable to say the least. But as lilymadeline said, the whole process is so much easier than it was when my mom and brother went through it ('80s). It's no picnic but it is tolerable in most cases. My first chemo they gave me cisplatin/alimta and I had a terrible reaction (acute renal failure) so they changed it to carboplatin/alimta and I did fine. Good luck to you. The residual fatigue is far worse than the process in my humble opinion.

      over 6 years ago
    • glam's Avatar

      Dear smoky5, I don't have lung cancer but there is a whatnexter here called "CAS1" who also has stage IV lung cancer and she is really very knowledgeable and helpful....I have learned a lot with her about genomic testing and much more....so just a tip in case you want to contact her.....I think it would be really great for you....Hope that helps....wishing you all the best in your chemo treatment and that you really kick cancer butts out of your body....God bless you and continue blessing all of us

      over 6 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Happy you're doing relatively well! As for if it's normal I can't help, not my type of cancer but I had chemo for another type and again wasn't stage 4. The shots for white cell count are normal for most of us. I wish you well.

      over 6 years ago
    • kashubian's Avatar

      Congrats on completing your first treatment, and best of luck with the rest. My husband did very well with his neoadjuvant chemo (E,C,F and then D,C,F) and did well on carboplaten (which he had concurrent with radiation). The adjuvant chemo was an all together different story (FOLFOX). For him, the bottom dropped after having the 5-FU pump removed on the Wednesday after chemo on Monday. It is also accumulative, meaning that as you go through your chemo cycles, you'll feel more side effects. Stay hydrated, being dehydrated made his nausea much, much worse. He would have a blood draw every week and saw the oncologist every week he had chemo. If asked, he would say that the white blood cell booster was worse than everything but radiation. He got that shot only twice during his first 6 cycles of chemo but nearly every other week during this last six cycles. Best wishes.

      over 6 years ago

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