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    Other Care (Hormone Replacement Therapy)

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    Side Effects (Other): All of them, I really can't name one that was more prominent by the time we finished chemo. Hair loss, nauseau, sensitivity to noise, neuropathy, streaking on the arms, mouth sores, bowel problems, lethargy, sleeplessness, I could go on and on, everyday seemed to be something new. Some people reported not having many side effect. Unfortunately we weren't that lucky. You know you are getting a little too used to a side effect when you're driving the hour from home to the dr's office for treatment and in the back of your mind you're thinking ahead to where's a good spot to pull off the road so he can get sick.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): BEP chemo, 4 rounds, between the 3rd and 4th round the Dr. ordered a CT scan to evaluate treatment and decided the 4th round was necessary. He also consulted with the University of Indiana and determined we did not have to go there for additional surgery to remove lymph nodes. This chemo was very rough for my husband. Most days were bad ones that we just got through.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Implant chemotherapy port): The experience of port implant would have been easier had chemo not started right away and the body could have had a couple of weeks for the incision to heal properly. There was no infection, chemo just made it harder for anything heal from the two surgeries that were done the previous week. There will also be a scar between the collarbone and shoulder and the port was obvious if you knew it was there. He said he could always feel it when he had to turn his head in either direction to look completely to the right or left. The port was a big help toward the end of chemo due to not being able to successfully access a vein for treatment without the port. And it was temporary, six months after implant it was removed.

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      I remember when I had my port put in. I received chemo through Texas Oncology which was right across the parking lot from The Medical Center of Plano. I went in and had my port put in, once done, jumped in the car and drove straight over to Texas Oncology with the port still accessed to start my chemo. This was day 3 of chemo. Day 1 & 2 were done through a vein. About a week later, I experienced pain in my arm like you wouldn't believe. Glad I got the port.

      about 4 years ago