• What should I expect the first round of chemo? starting the 21st of December.

    Asked by shineon6 on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

    What should I expect the first round of chemo? starting the 21st of December.

    they are not sure when radiation starts...the holidays complicated things

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • susie81610's Avatar

      I also get my chemo tomorrow. They will tell you side effects but just wait to see what happens. Don't think that everything on the list will happen. Make sure you have nausea meds and pain meds if your on them. Sometimes I don't feel well other times it doesn't bother me. Just eat light the day of chemo small meals 5or6 a day for a couple days until you see how you feel.If you need to sleep or rest then do that also. Good luck to you and just stay calm and ask questions if you don't understand and write them down in case you get chemo brain. If you don't know about that please look it up and read about it. I get it and I know alot of other people do. Its like when you walk into a room and you know what you went there for but for the life of you you cant remember. will check back tomorrow to see how you did. :)
      p.s. wear comfy clothes you will be there awhile.

      almost 5 years ago
    • shineon6's Avatar

      Thank you, really appreciate the info

      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      You may feel fine the first couple of days after chemo. In my case I don't have any side effects until day 3 and they generally last about a week. It varies from person to person though and also based on the type and amount of chemo drugs you get. But usually a given person's side effects are pretty consistent each time around, so after this first cycle you should have a pretty good idea what to expect and when each time.

      almost 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      In my case it was different for the different treatments they gave me. One type of drug made me extremely sick, slept for 2 days, then was just groggy for the rest of the week until next treatment. Another type, didn't make me sick, didn't make my hair fall out. I know it's different for the type of treatment, your body type, and what counter measures they give you to help you not get sick.
      Good luck in your treatments, and just remember, they won't last forever, after this one is done you have XX left, I counted them down until the last one, then had a big party.

      almost 5 years ago
    • sunspirit's Avatar

      How did your chemo go? I just had my second today. As drummerboy said, there are different side effects from different drugs and it also depends on how the individual reacts to them. the chemo treatment itself as fine for me. I got the strange taste in my mouth (gingersnaps are great for masking the taste) and neuropathy (tingling) in fingers and toes thursday and the bone pain started Friday evening. Saturday was the worst but managable. Would have been better if I had thought to take pain relievers (you need to check with your chemo dr on what is okay to take). My hair started falling out 13 days after chemo. Just enough fell out to know that it was starting on tuesday. wednesday morning it was coming out in handfulls so i cut it and wore a wig. I shaved it over the weekend.

      my dr changed one of my chemo drugs today. he was concerned about how soon I got the neuropathy (numbness & tingling) in my fingers and toes and how long it lasted (i still had the neuropathy today). In some cases it doesn't go away after chemo.

      Let us know how you're doing.

      almost 5 years ago
    • mamajltc's Avatar

      My husband is in his 3rd round of chemo for colon cancer. After round 1 he had radiation. After round 2 he asked the doc if he could have a little summer break (about 6 weeks) and is now in round 3. He has chemo every other week. Everyone is different but as was said, nausea is now something they can control. He has diarrhea, and this is controlled with over the counter meds. The main thing he has is exhaustion, but not the whole time. But I encourage him to still get up and do a few things...even if it's walking around the house a bit. Please speak with your doctor and chemo nurse, and they will help you with how you feel. He is actually on Ritalin, as needed for his exhaustion, which has helped alot. Please always choose hope and know that you are never alone.

      almost 5 years ago

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