• What to expect?

    Asked by RosieB on Monday, June 10, 2013

    What to expect?

    I will begin chemo in July. What can I expect? Chemo will consist of carboplatin and alimta.

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • ladyhawk's Avatar

      my tip, is drink 3 bottles of water before and during the meds. even if you have to get up and go to the bathroom every 30 mins. you want to keep hydrated as much as you can, so you won't get sick and throw up from it and your nervous stomach. I hated chemo, I dreaded it everytime, for 6mths straight. I found ways to control the side effects, and this was one of them,, I did alot of natural remedies to control alot of stuff, which worked better than the meds they give you.

      over 3 years ago
    • jdcarolina's Avatar

      My husband had carboplatin for his tonsil cancer. He received two different anti-nausea meds right before each treatment. He did not lose his hair with the chemo although he did lose facial hair from the radiation. I know he received the carboplatin because it was safer for the kidneys than some of the other choices and our doctor monitored his kidney function each week with blood work and gauged the dosage accordingly. Good Luck with your journey.

      over 3 years ago
    • tweetona's Avatar

      My husband was treated with carboplatin, alimta and avastin. Those were his 3 cocktails at the beginning of his journey, which began February 17,2012. Carboplatin was only given to him for 6 sessions due to the harshness of the drug, but might I say, it did the job. It shrunk the tumors in both his lungs by half. Thank God.
      His side effects were nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, but he continued to eat so he could maintain the weight, which alllow his body to fight harder. He also had numbness in his fingers, some loss of feeling in his mouth, as he could not tell if food was too hot, so be careful.
      We have now been on treatment for 15 months and hopefully will continue for a long time.
      Just keep a positive outlook and try your best to continue to eat, even if it is a little at a time. Lits of fluids as well, exspecially after treatment so it can flush your system of the toxins.
      God Bless you and good luck with your journey.

      over 3 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I was on Taxol & Carboplatin. We all tend to have at least slightly different side effects. I was expecting lots of nausea -- I only threw up once. I do agree with everyone's suggestion on staying hydrated. My session tended to be 6 hrs, so I always had the big plastic hospital mug that I asked them to fill w/water for me, plus a can of pop & a bottle of juice. My big side effect was leg pain, that I was not expecting. The big thing to remember is ASK QUESTIONS. Of your oncologists, of the nurses. If something seems strange, ask. I had an allergic reaction to the taxol -- I let them know as soon as something changed (I wasn't sure if I was either going to throw up or pass out). The nurses & my oncologist fixed it -- but if I hadn't spoken up, I could have been unconscious on the floor. But because I said something, everything turned out just fine, w/some extra meds on board. I hope you remain as side effect free as possible. Good luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I had 6 cycles of Taxol, Herceptin and Carboplatin and did fine, except for the weeks I had the Carbo. Those infusions left me completely wasted, especially about three days afterwards. I would have to lie in bed all day long, feeling like I had the flu--right up until the next chemo day. But I never tossed my cookies! And Carbo CAN be done! But I'm happy now that I'm finished with it! Good luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I was on Carboplatin, gemzar and avasitn. Carbo really does a number on your bone marrow. You may wind up with low white or red blood cells, and your platelet count may be effect as well. I received anti-nausea medication and steroids before my treatments. I also got a prescription for compizine and emend to help with nausea at home post treatment. I was lucky, and never needed them. I found that ginger tea and candy was all I needed.

      Healing vibes, and best of luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Alimta is a breeze. I had it as adjuvant treatment. ( after all treatment is done) Did not loose my hair and its excellent at killing LC..I had 4 round of Carbo and Etoposide. Etop is considered pretty brutal.

      For me it was a breeze too..But I lost all my hair head to toe. I also made sure that they reduced all my steroids because I never had a moment of nausea. Takes an atomic bomb to stop me from eating.

      But some people don't loose hair with Carbo. And its easier on the rigging in the ears versus Cisplat but are equal as far as success with LC.

      I used bottled water 9 always recycled all of them) so I could keep track of my fluids. I really like the Nestle brand and my goal was 10 bottles per day. Not one bottle less. Took them in a cooler to treatment visits so I could maintain.

      And I took probiotics doubled up on them for the week before and after chemo as you can get constipated from it. You must eat very very healthy during this time and use Hydrogen peroxide on everything and hand sanitizer constantly. And everyone around you must do the same. Stay out of public places too.

      Everytime you get that Chemo close your eyes and command it to seek the cancer cells in your body and kill them. My mantra was. Dear lord thank you for this healing treatment coming into my veins. In your name I command this chemo to find the pestulance that has entered my body and kill it. In your name I ask you to command this chemo to kill the cancer that is trying to harm me.

      I had a 65% reduction in size of my tumor and by the time I had surgery all cancer was dead anyway. Dear Lord give the Doctors the tools to cure my cancer and to cure it for everyone else too.

      I did the same at radiation and I set up I cons of our lord next to me while I took treatment. It brought me comfort and healing.

      Hold onto hope..never let go. We have 1,300 compounds in clinical trials for LC

      God bless.

      over 3 years ago
    • Shoeless' Avatar

      Like BuckeyeShelby said, everyone is different. They told me I would be sick and lose weight. I got sick one time and I gained 20 lbs on chemo because of the steroids they insisted I needed. The worst side effects I had were lack of energy and muscle pain, especially in my legs. Massive doses of B-6 will help the fibromyalgia. I'm talking like 500 times the USRDA. B-6 is a water soluble vitamin, meaning it does not go through the liver and you won't overdose on it. Any excess will just be eliminated by the body. You should begin taking it a couple of weeks before beginning the chemo so it will have a chance to build up in your body.

      over 3 years ago

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