• Treatment options

    Asked by armyvet on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    Treatment options

    Treatment options side effects, tips to tolerating chemotherapy anything related to 5fu pump /oxaliplatin

    2 Answers from the Community

    • JaneA's Avatar

      The 5FU pump definitely causes fatigue - the day of pump removal and the day afterward are usually the worst. Just sleep and rest - give into the fatigue because it's difficult to overcome.

      The oxaliplatin causes sensitivity to cold objects. Don't take anything out of the frig or freezer without gloves or open the car door without gloves. Don't eat or drink iced drinks or ice cream for at least 5 or 6 days until you lose that cold sensitivity.

      Be on the lookout for pins and needles feelings in your hands - it's peripheral neuropathy. Be sure to report numbness, tingling, burning to your oncologist because they may have to adjust your dose.

      Try to stay active and walk a little bit every day - it helps with the fatigue.

      I had 12 cycles - six before radiation and surgery - and six afterward as mop up. I have been in remission every since - 3 years. So try your best to "endure" because FOLFOX can work miracles.

      over 1 year ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I started taking ativan the night before chemo so I would sleep and fight the nausea the chemo gave. I tweaked chemo cocktail til chemo 6 with my oncologist by stopping the leucovorin, stopping the bolace of 5fu, switching nausea meds, and cutting back on decadron (sp?). I used to hang garden gloves on fridge to put on when i took anything out of fridge. I also carried in my purse when went grocery shopping for same reason. Room temperature is your new best food group and even then you might need to nuke it to warm it up. I logged everything in a notebook that I shared with oncologist when i went back for next chemo.

      over 1 year ago

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