• Went today set appointment for mediport

    Asked by sheilap on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

    Went today set appointment for mediport

    What should i expect i have to have chemo 4 months 2 hours 2 days a month and then 6week chemo pills and radiation and then surgery this seems like so much what is gonna happen to me ? it hadn't spread but where it is located they are trying to prevent me from having a bag im going in blinded not knowing what to expect maybe its a good thing

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    • CAS1's Avatar

      You know I was in treatment for 10 months and its all a blur..I was in a trance..I prayed myslef into a trance and only thought in short bites. I didn't think much past the next day. Boy, when they say one day at a time they really mean it. I would think of what I had to do that day and not much else other than prayer.

      Thats how I got through it.

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Port surgerys quite easy it just takes a hour or so and you can go home later that day. It soumnds to me like they are going to try and shrink the tumor with chemo and radiation so that the surgery to remove it will be easier and you won't have to have a bag. This is a good thing as bags can be a hassle. While this can seemn overwheming right now it appearss that your Drs have a plan and are excuting the plan. You shouls ask the Drs to better expalin what they expect from each part of your treatment so that you can follow along and know how thihngs are going. Good Luck and let us know how things are going.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      The fine folks here can help you with what to expect in your particular type of cancer and the procedures your talking about. I will offer that it helps knowing what to expect, but at the same time try not to worry too much about the procedures and treatments. While some of them are tough, and recovery is tough, it's nothing that you cannot do. Lots of people have been there before you. You will find support here. Ask what you need, we are happy to help.
      I wish you the best, and an easy journey.

      over 4 years ago
    • booboo's Avatar

      Try not to worry about the port surgery, its really a very simple procedure. Chemo and radiation are great for staging down your tumor. They can be unpleasant but if they can shrink your tumor before surgery that will be a good thing. Anything they can do to prevent having a bag is worth doing. A bag is no fun at all and involves more surgery. It sounds like you treatment plan is a good one with nothing unusual. The time will go faster than you think. Try not to look too far ahead while you are doing this. Just keep in mind that all this is going to make you well. Good luck to you.

      over 4 years ago
    • Rosa's Avatar

      Hi, mine was stage II also. My surgeon told me he wanted to try chemo and radio before surgery. I had 4 doses of chemo(oxapatin) in two months, 28 rounds of radiation Monday to Friday with one week of "rest". I took 4 Xeloda 500 pills on radiation days. It worked! My tumor disappeared without surgery.
      Port surgery is easy, although mine was painful, and most people here tolerate it very well.
      Right now I am in my first year round of labs, CT scan, sigmoidoscopy, etc. and so far everything is very well. Next Monday will be my appointment with my onc.
      Remember to drink lots of fluids.
      Be brave, be hopeful

      over 4 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      Sounds like you are on a similar journey to me. Although, I started with the chemo/radiation then on to surgery in just 8 days. And then 4 months of chemo and then surgery take down the ileostomy.

      Ports will be the easiest. My wife and daughter both had them and they really made their lives easier.

      over 4 years ago

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