• What am I looking at with regards to radiation and chemo side effects.

    Asked by LupitaMarie on Friday, February 1, 2013

    What am I looking at with regards to radiation and chemo side effects.

    With the cancer currently lapping us in this race, we were just given news that although there are new tumors popping up, biopsy and a third surgery is not recommended. Going to try and treat this with 7 week radiation and chemo to hopefully do the trick. So with pain and agony we started that for my father on Tuesday, and patiently wait for this "perfect storm" to hit land. (meaning the side effects) As much as I try to live one day at a time for my father, I'm curious as to what I should prepare myself for in these coming 7 weeks. I have been told most should hit him around the 3rd or 4th weeks. Just trying to plan ahead with kids, work etc.

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      As you probably already know everyonr is different and tje list of potential side effects is long, but no one gets them all. I will cover what I think are the most likely. With 7 weeks of radiation to the nasal cavity it is likely that there will be some external buring of the skin. With lotions you should be able to keep this to just a first degrtee burn (think sunburn redness) . I would also think that there will be some irritation ot the membranse in the nasal cavities and probably some meds to deal with that irritation. There could even be some nose bleed issues. With the chemo nose bleeds are also a possibility as is fatigue and nausea. There also could be some irritation that might make breathing uncomfortable or even hard.

      To get even better inputs on what side effects might happen and what to do for each and every one of them please have a long discussion with his Drs. Ask for a complete list of side effects (they actually are supposed to read this to you by law), what precautions can be taken to lessen the side effects and what do do once the side effects show up. Please either get this all in writing or write it all down as it may be hard to recall if a problem occurs. Good Luck and let us know if we can be of any more assistance.

      over 3 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I can't speak to the radiation but I did receive a 12 week course of chemo. Everyone reacts differently. For me, fatigue and nausea were really bad. White blood cell, red blood cells and platelets were destroyed. The low white blood cells lead to an injection of neupogen and neulasta. Both caused really bad bone aches. Nothing was done for my platelets but the low red blood cells resulted in a blood transfusion. One of the chemos, cisplatin, caused severe neuropathy that I'm still dealing with almost a year later. I was receiving chemo 5 days per week and would then get 2 weeks off to recover. Your father may experience some, all or none of the effects. I talked to a guy that went through the same chemo treatment as I did and he had very few side effects.

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I am in agreement that everyone is different. With chemo, at first, I had a nagging cough -- some throat pain (in the throat wall - not a sore throat) bowel problems, etc -- then, as i continued - fatigue, etc -- the 2nd and 3rd days would be couch days. I had no nausea which I appreciated. Radiation was a breeze compared to chemo -- I did get burned whereas I had to take a week off to heal. The fatigue increased somewhat. I posted the details of my journey on my wall which describes the side effects that I experienced. I wish you the best.

      over 3 years ago
    • LupitaMarie's Avatar

      Hello,...Thank you so much for the replies on the question of side-effects. I realize that this was tooooo big of a question to post, as everyone responds differently. So, as my father slowly ends his 2nd week of chemo/radiation therapy, he is starting to show signs of nausea and severe redness due to the radiation. Starting searching online for alternative ways to deal with the redness by way of herbs, homeopathic remedies, etc., I thought how ridiculous this is to not pose the question here.
      Duuuu! ...as I talk to myself (LOL)...I do that alot lately, as I try and rationalize everything that is going on with my father having to go through this awful experience.
      SO, I ask y'all....any secret remedies to help aid in the burning affects the radiation has caused. I of course will follow up with the oncologist before trying to put some crazy concoction all over his face :) Thanks for help!!

      over 3 years ago

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