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    It's been a week since my first chemo treatment and I'm feeling pretty good. I get tired really easy but I'm so thankful that is all I'm experiencing. Can't wait for my next treatment..I will beat the monster..I will except nothing less.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Chemo was fine except that I had an allergic reaction to taxol. My heart starting beating out of my chest and fast. I became bright red (flushing) and shortness of breath and pain in my legs, hips and back. They gave me 125 mg of benadryl and a high dose of Steroids. Evenually the medicine worked and the reaction went away. Safe to say I was extremely scared. Over all my chemo went well.

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      Ivy

      Very glad both procedures this week are finished and ended well. Taxol isn't a kind drug, so perhaps now your medical team will know what needs to be done to prevent any additional allergic reactions. I've had reactions to taxol a week or so after--not the type you experienced but skin infection on the scalp (folliculitis), which isn't scary but is more than a mild inconvenience. Hang in there. Each procedure that you finish gets you that much closer to the end goal.

      over 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Implant chemotherapy port): I was very anxious about this procedure. I made it through fine. Now the next step is chemo.

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    dbain1990 asked a questionEndometrial (Uterine) Cancer

    How much weight is lost during chemo and radiation?

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      Statto

      I was "hopeful" at the beginning of chemo that I would drop some weight...I needed to lose about 40 lbs. but instead gained about 10 lbs. I kept losing and gaining weekly based on chemo.

      But I made it a joke I kept going weekly to the oncologist and telling them that this "chemo diet plan" is just not working for me!

      over 4 years ago
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      mysecondchance

      I lost a total of 45 pounds. I lost and gained throughout my treatment. I initially lost 32 pounds before treatment because I was so sick I was not eating or drinking much. I had two hospital stays and reached my lowest weight when my electrolytes hit bottom. As I recuperated I gained all the weight back. I have fought weight battles all my life so I had hoped to keep it off. I have been at Weight Watchers for 11 months and only lost 19 pounds. I think my metabolism must be off. Now I have had a recurrence and my doctor said not to stress about my weight. I have ovarian cancer.

      over 4 years ago
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      djgabriel

      Since October I have lost about 25 lbs. which I cannot afford to lose. I am 55 years old and am now down to the weight I was in college which is 224. I refuse to have a feeding tube put it and are on break thru nausea medications. With chemo treatments done as of last week, I hope to endure 7 more radiation treatments and then I will be done. I have SCCHN and am doing fine.

      almost 4 years ago
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    dbain1990 asked a questionEndometrial (Uterine) Cancer

    My first chemo is next week and I never thought to ask about eating beforehand? Can I get up and eat breakfast or do I have to fast?

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      Ivy

      If you're having taxol plus carboplatin, you'll be there for about 5 hours. I always eat a light breakfast at home, bring healthy low-carb snacks (they provide snacks that are high-carb and not at all healthy if you have any tendency to blood sugar problems), and bring a very small cooler with ice. (My location has cold water in bottles but no ice, and I like really cold drinks.) My husband goes out around lunch time and brings a healthy lunch back for both of us. So we continue to eat, but we're careful what we eat. You don't want to go hungry, but don't over-eat, either. I also bring my computer, check email, watch TV, and often, fall asleep due to the intravenous Benedryl dose given before the actual chemo starts flowing.

      An extra tip: you might ask for a prescription for Emla cream, which deadens the area around the port. I apply it just before leaving home, which is about 45 minutes before we arrive for the appointment.

      over 4 years ago
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      markmather

      Yep the deal with chemo is eat when you are able. I had a tough time later in the day so I would usually have a bagel in the morning pretreatment. Many times a friend would bring me healthy soups and crackers for lunch. After treatment it would be hit or miss for food. Nothing would sound good to me throughout the evening. It is true that the snacks provided were usually along the lines of sugary sweets to make you hungry. I would take an apple or two with me.

      over 4 years ago
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      eccrine100

      Lots of answers but since all cancers can be very different, would it not be a good idea to check with the professional team administering the chemo?

      over 4 years ago