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    Dennispx asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    How does one respond to the question: "How did chemo go"

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      shauna0915

      People usually ask because they genuinely want to know how you are. Someone that hasn't dealt with cancer or chemo really has no concept of what it's like, so it's quite often simple curiosity and genuine concern. I would expect that the closer someone is to you, the more they want to know. As the daughter and caregiver of a cancer patient, I wanted to know everything about what my dad was going through, not only because I was curious but because I wanted to know if there was something I should or could do to help him. It's hard for people to ask what they can do for you, so they often ask how you are or how chemo went as a way of opening the door for you to let them know if there's something they can do for you. They don't want to appear as though they are pitying you or feeling sorry for you because you have cancer. They just want to be supportive and help in whatever way they can. Let them. Heck, ask if they want to go sit through a chemo treatment with you so they can see what it's about. I'd be willing to bet after they sit there for 3+ hours they'd stop asking how chemo went.

      Wishing you all the best in your journey.

      over 4 years ago
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      PhillieG

      It depends on who is asking for me.
      I usually say it went chemo-ie...

      over 4 years ago
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      PhillieG

      Just to add something else, I've been at this for 8 years so the chemo is pretty predictable at this point and on the protocol I'm on.

      over 4 years ago
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    Dennispx asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    My Doctor recently put me on a small dose of Ritalin to help improve memory function and focus. Any thoughts...........

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      ttisme

      I told my onc about memory fog, forgetfulness, lack of interest...she laughed at me and said you have chemo brain and offered to take me off Zoloft (which got me through OH NO!) and into a place that I can tolerate, and prescribe Ritalin...I can function with my notebook for important things and I am not working so I chose to stay on the Zoloft instead. I like my happy place!
      Besides- going to the store without a list, helps assure that you will go out again tomorrow, becuz you forgot half of what you needed!

      over 4 years ago
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      moonmaiden

      My doctors refuse to discuss it with me. I wish they would. I have been looking online for things to help me over come the effects of treatment, and they won't discuss it with me. My life is going to XXX from the effects of chemo and hormone blockers, and I am ready to chuck any and all pills into the trash. I am so sorry I allowed them to do that to me, and won't allow them to do it again. I don't have any quality of life any more, and now that they have gotten their hundreds of thousands of dollars out of me or my insurance, they can't be bothered to address the ongoing fatigue and loss of income that has come with it. I am trying to stay off of disability, I don't want it, I want to get back on my feet, and I don't know where to find a doctor who isn't going to tell me either it's all in my head, or it's all my own fault if I go around feeling exhausted and not doing what I need to do. Never again. NOt worth sticking around for. Going to quit all the drugs.

      over 1 year ago
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      moonmaiden

      I feel very much taken advantage of by the breast cancer *industry*.

      over 1 year ago