• What can I expect from CHEMOTHERAPY? Will I need help? Will I be sick? How will this affect the other organs of my body?

    Asked by Tighthead on Monday, February 20, 2012

    What can I expect from CHEMOTHERAPY? Will I need help? Will I be sick? How will this affect the other organs of my body?

    I know nothing about chemo, please enlightened me. I have 2 spots on my left upper lobe lung & now after surgery (2/1/2012) I must see the Chemo Team?

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    • teddyfuzz's Avatar
      teddyfuzz

      Hugs to you tighthead. I start round 1 of my chemo for breast cancer tomorrow 2/21/12. Everyone has talked to me about the hair loss, diarrhea, blah, blah, blah but what scares me the most is not knowing exactly what my individual experience is going to be. Best of luck with your treatment.

      about 2 years ago
    • Lynn's Avatar
      Lynn

      Good Morning Tighthead!

      Chemo is a tricky thing. I was to do three rounds as insurance following my lobectomy. The first round of cisplatin and taxol was very difficult. The anti-nausea drugs worked very well, but I had severe diarrhea. I cannot stress "severe" enough. It did put me back in the hospital for a day for dehydration. My hair was also a casuality. Because the belief was that all the cancer had been removed with the surgery, I chose to discontinue chemo. My head said if there were any cells lingering that made it through that first round, nothing was going to kill them. The end did not justify the means for me.

      However, my aunt is also dealing with lung cancer. Her's is also in the lymph nodes. Diagnosed after me, she is using the same cancer center, surgeon, etc. and has had no real negative side effects other than thinning hair and a few days of feeling weak or flu-like. She has been on and off chemo for about a year.

      As Dulcinea said: because each of us is unique, our experiences with chemo will be unique. Where it was very difficult for me, sounds like she got through it pretty well.

      I would gather as much information as possible. Ask questions of the doctor. The PharmD did visit me the day of my first treatment to review what the cocktail was, possible side effects, etc. Knowledge is power. I think the key is despite possible side effects, the means does justify the end more often than not.

      Best to you.

      about 2 years ago
    • Cath1953's Avatar
      Cath1953

      I had cemo for Breast Cancer. Eight rounds 4 I went every week 4 every week. It was once a week. I got a little nausea and i was very tired. Yes you might need some help. They will give you nausea meds in your port then nusea meds for home. But i had help from friends. I wish you good luck and i'll say prayers for you. Hope everythig comes out OK.

      about 2 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar
      PhillieG

      Hi TightHead,
      You ask "What can I expect from CHEMOTHERAPY? Will I need help? Will I be sick? How will this affect the other organs of my body?"

      The best answer based on what you've posted is "it depends".
      As far as "needing help", you may want to have a ride to and fro chemo although I never in 8 years had rides. You may get sick, you may not. It depends on what chemo they give you. You might feel a little out of sorts for a day or two or it could be worse. How will it affect your other organs? Again, it depends...The bigger question I think (just my opinion) is that cancer will have a greater effect on your organs if there is any left in there.

      If you can find out what chemo they are planning on giving you it would help with people sharing their experiences. Also, just because one person had one reaction does not always mean you will have the same side effects. They could be much milder.
      Good luck, try to update with more info if you can.
      Phil (stage IV colon cancer ~ DX Feb 2004)

      about 2 years ago

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