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    Asked by mimom1 on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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    side effects after chemo treatments complete

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Did you have a question about a particular side effect? There are a number of long range side effect that can develop months or years after chemo.

      over 3 years ago
    • RockTom's Avatar

      I have had several side effects, some bad, some not so bad.

      What can I help you with?

      over 3 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      I finished chemo about a month ago and still feel like XXX. Me it's nausea and fatigue. Docs tell me it will be 5-6 weeks. Getting pretty discouraged.

      over 3 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Sifde effects do last a while after chemo is over. Some for aonlt a short period and some forever. There are a lot of things that can help with the side effects like meds for nausea and diahrrea. Usually the nausea will subside after a couplr of months. diahrrea may be occational for a long time depending on the person. For fatigue ask for a referal for physical therapy whick will help you regain your stregnth and do wonders for the fatugue. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Let's just say, it ain't over when it's over! But as long as I'm cancer-free, I'm learning to live with the side effects.

      over 3 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      Chemo is the gift that keeps giving! My peripheral neuropathy started one week after I finished chemo.

      over 3 years ago
    • papabill's Avatar

      Hi Mimom1, There is not a standard reaction for everyone. Seems to be different for many people. I recently completed by 12 FolFox sessions and never experienced nausea or mouth ulcers or real heavy fatigue. But for me, about session 10 started to get the chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy in my feet and finger tips, Now several months out and still has not abated. Not so much pain as discomfort. Feels like my toes are wrapped tightly in duct tape and I have boards attached to my feet. Fingers only slightly impacted. Bearable at best. My oncologist stated that the chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy can either be permanent or in many cases begin to lessen and even disappear after 18-24 months. I am optimistic. I learned from my oncologist NP and at a neuropathy support group that taking high doses of alpha lipoic acid (900-1,200mg) daily can help regenerate the nerve covering lining that protects the nerves. (I have been taking it now for numerous months and at date have not seen improvement). Once this lining is destroyed by the chemo the neuropathy begins. All this in spite of -- in my case -- at the beginning and end of each chemo session I was IV'ed with a calcium/magnesium cocktail to help prevent/lessen the potential of neuropathy. If your do get peripheral neuropathy and it becomes overly painful, hoping you do not even get neuropathy, there are meds you can be prescribed, such as Lyrica. Or others have had some success with acupuncture to relieve pain. Good luck and keep the faith.

      over 3 years ago
    • kevin_ryan's Avatar

      I have just completed session 11 of 12 scheduled chemo sessions. The only side effects I have had has been nausea and fatigue. I have not had the mouth ulcers nor the pain in fingers and toes. The effects seem to be cumulative (my chemo has been every two weeks), so the nausea is worse after each session. I generally have two drugs during the chemo day and then have to carry a pouch with the 5FU for 46 hours. This is the worse and leaves me feeling very tired on the first day, but then gets better. My nausea is often food related and if i go too long without eating then I get the nausea, but if i can stay awake long enough to eat I am not too bad.
      I know that everyone has different reactions, but think I am fortunate that mine are minimal. I don't know if there will be more chemo yet, as my oncologist wants me to have more scans after session #12 and see what is happening. I am at stage IV, so the outlook is not real good.
      One thing I have found is that I exercise a lot and I think this helps. I go to the gym 3 times a week and am up to walking nearly 2 miles each time along with 30-40 minutes of weight training. I think that this helps kick start some of the bodies own defenses and can thoroughly recommend it.

      over 3 years ago
    • jearlesred's Avatar

      I finished chemo in June of 2011. I am still experiencing neuropathy in my hands and feet (although not nearly as bad) and insomnia. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago

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