• Possible reaction to chemo. Should I wait before continuing? My doc's out of town

    Asked by packerbacker on Friday, August 3, 2012

    Possible reaction to chemo. Should I wait before continuing? My doc's out of town

    I got my 3 chemo drugs Friday along including the pump of the 5-FU. I developed shortness of breath as the weekend went on and turned the pump off on Monday. It was due out Tuesday. I ended up in the emergency room and in ICU on a BiPap, a special breathing machine to help get air into my lungs. I'm out of ICU, off oxygen and feeling better. My doc's on vacation and I was due for more chemo today, which I haven't gotten nor am I taking. Should I just wait until he comes back before doing anything more chemo-wise? Unless, of course, my doc talks to the chemo doc covering for him and they discuss other options. My husband and I will make final decisions then. Maybe it was too soon after the wedge resection of my lung and then the pneumonia to start chemo? Advice? Feedback?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I think definitely call your doctors office and let them know. Makes no difference if he's out of town, someone's covering for him, they will have another dr. handle the problems while he is gone. I would make the call. Just me, but when having treatments I want them to know every time I hiccup.

      about 4 years ago
    • Blue's Avatar

      Your doctor's office must know that you had this life threatening reaction to the chemo combination. Maybe they can modify the dosage to better suit you. The process is a dance and your feedback is extremely important in how it is choreographed for optimum benefit. In your case, it is life saving.

      about 4 years ago

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