• What to expect with BEP (Bleomycin/Etoposide/Cisplatin) chemotherapy?

    Asked by dmcook1990 on Thursday, April 11, 2013

    What to expect with BEP (Bleomycin/Etoposide/Cisplatin) chemotherapy?

    I am starting my first cycle on April 22nd 2013. I will be staying in the hospital Mon-Sat to receive the 5 day treatment. On the 2nd and 3rd week I will have it once in the week. This happens for 4 cycles.

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      When I saw your post I immediately thought "testicular cancer". We originally thought I would receive BEP, which are the chemos you mentioned, but a PET Scan and CT Scan showed no cancer in my lungs so my Oncologist took bleomycin out of my "cocktail". I received Etoposide & Cisplatin 5 days per week with two weeks off to recover. I can tell you about my side effects but that doesn't mean you will experience the same thing. Nausea, vomiting, hairloss. It destroyed my white & red blood cells. I could literally feel "poison" coursing through my veins. I'm not sure how else to describe it. People would ask me how I'm feeling and I would respond "I feel like I've been poisoned" which I had. I slept as much as I could which really helped. The nausea for me got worse and worse over the course of the 12 weeks. The medicine helps A LOT but sometimes you just have to throw up to feel a little better. The best advice I can give you is DRINK LOTS OF WATER. Even if you feel like XXX....drink, drink, drink. With the bleomycin, they will keep a close eye on your lungs. Which may be why they're doing it in the hospital. Best of luck to you and let me know if I can answer any other questions.

      about 4 years ago
    • dmcook1990's Avatar
      dmcook1990

      Thank you for your post ticklingcancer, I have heard Cisplatin is not a fun time. Before I knew what my treatment would be, I was hoping for no Cisplatin! But I'm sure it's strong and works very well since it is that rough on the body? With the Bleomycin, would smoking cause an increase in the possible lung problems it can cause? It's best if I quit now anyways but just curious. I guess they use BEP with testicular cancer and also with dysgerminoma ovarian cancer. But since dysgerminoma only accounts for about 2% of all ovarian cancers, I have not found much information the treatment for it specifically.

      about 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      Cisplatin is a very good chemo!! Yes, it's rough, but you can get through that one trip to a toilet at a time. Regarding the bleomycin, I would absolutely quit smoking if at all possible. Anytime you're required to have a pulmonary function test prior to receiving a particular medication, it's best to avoid things that could add to the stress of the medicine. I use to smoke so I know how hard it is to quit (especially considering it curves the stress you're currently under) but I would make a valiant effort.

      about 4 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar
      Gabba

      I cannot speak to your particular chemo cocktail but I CAN wish you as smooth a course as possible. You will be in our thoughts and prayers...keep us posted...good luck and God bless!

      about 4 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar
      Gabba

      I cannot speak to your particular chemo cocktail but I CAN wish you as smooth a course as possible. You will be in our thoughts and prayers...keep us posted...good luck and God bless!

      about 4 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar
      Gabba

      I cannot speak to your particular chemo cocktail but I CAN wish you as smooth a course as possible. You will be in our thoughts and prayers...keep us posted...good luck and God bless!

      about 4 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar
      Gabba

      I cannot speak to your particular chemo cocktail but I CAN wish you as smooth a course as possible. You will be in our thoughts and prayers...keep us posted...good luck and God bless!

      about 4 years ago
    • dmcook1990's Avatar
      dmcook1990

      Thank you! I am also hoping it will go smoothly. I am concerned that I wont feel too well since they have me staying in a hospital for my treatment :/ Maybe it's just their policy...

      about 4 years ago
    • Deidre's Avatar
      Deidre

      I didn't have all those particular medications, I had Gemzar/Cisplatin. Did your oncologist mention getting a baseline hearing test? Mine wanted me to have one prior to starting chemo as the Cisplatin can cause (rarely) hearing loss. I did end up with tinnitus (ringing in the ears) which is annoying, but I am hoping it will go away. I wish you all the best during your treatments. You are having them in the best environment possible and I am sure you are going to sail right through them! Praying you have not a single problem.

      about 4 years ago
    • mommybeatscanc's Avatar
      mommybeatscanc

      Hi dmcook1990! How is your chemotherapy going? I had BEP for ovarian dysgerminoma. I wrote about it in my blog if you are interested. http://mommybeatscancer.com/2013/03/20/bep-chemotherapy-for-ovarian-dysgerminoma/. I also write about recovery from this particular chemotherapy and how I got through it so well with exercise, hydration, and healthy eating. I would love to connect with you. I hope it is going well. Stay strong.

      almost 4 years ago

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