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    joy215 asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

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      NanaL

      You will not get electrocuted if you shower with your pump. I found hanging the pump (on the outside) by the straps of the fanny pack on the shower rod worked great! Ialso used the plastic cling wrap with surgical tape to seal the port. Don't worry if it gets a little damp. Just make sure to dry the area thoroughly with a towel. I would generally shower Mon, Wed and Fri. Fri my nurse came and changed everything out. I would wash my hair in the sink on my off shower days. Don't worry you'll work it out. Prayers being sent your way!

      over 4 years ago
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      hfrench

      I had my husband install one of those handheld shower attachments. Inexpensive and easy to do. At least I could get a good shower daily "below the waist" and used a washcloth for my upper body. Washing my hair in the tub was the most awkward part, dry shampoo really helped on inbetween days. Best of luck to you, try to keep your sense of humor!

      over 4 years ago
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      cindywho

      I took a bath. Washed hair in the sink when all done. Good Luck!!!

      over 4 years ago
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    joy215 asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    what to eat

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      Peroll

      Joy, two pieces of advice. First when I started chemo I asked my oncologist if I should eat things that help my imune system. Hius response was that cancer cells like to get healthy too and that part of chmoe is designed to take down the immune system so the rest of the drugs can kill the cancer so before making any wholesale changesd in your diet talk to your oncoilogist. Second is that you may want to ask for a referal to a dietician for help in what to eat during and after treatment. They can helpo you learn what to eat and what not to eat. Good Luck

      over 4 years ago
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      IKickedIt

      My oncologist told me that while I was on chemo (the entire treatment cycle) it wasn't the time to worry about what to eat other than avoiding the fresh veggies and fruits that may have residual bacteria that couldn't be washed off thoroughly. It wasn't the time to diet, it wasn't the time to be concerned about my cholesterol. Even my one oncologist said if I wanted to have a tiny bit of wine to settle my nerves, go ahead (he didn't advocate drinking every night or large quantities). I was just most concerned about getting food down, keeping it down, and keeping up my protein and energy. I kept a journal of my side effects so that I could try and eat to offset the effects. Most importantly, try not to get dehydrated.

      As far as the pump, oh how I hated that thing. I worked my normal schedule (didn't involved any heavy lifting), and went along my normal life. Of course, it wasn't the time for me to be swimming, sitting on the beach (avoid the sun, you can easily burn), ride roller coasters or do gardening (which you should avoid anyway because of the dirt). I did sleep on the couch with my back up against the back of the couch so I didn't roll over onto the port.

      Yes, I learned to carry my purse on the other shoulder, carry heavy things with my other arm because I did feel the port's catheter in my neck. I became somewhat style-conscious and learned how to use scarves to cover up my port during my treatment.

      Listen to your body and you'll adjust your lifestyle as needed. It's just another bump in the road.

      over 4 years ago
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      SueRae1

      Does your chemo center have a nutritionist you can speak to? I went for a consult where I am being treated, I learned a few things about how chemo can affect the absorption of nutrition from the food we eat, and some suggestions of what foods to concentrate on eating. I found it very helpful even though I am a very healthy eater to begin with and limited processed and high fat, sugar and sodium foods for years. The first week or so after I had my port inserted the area was a bit sore, but after that there were no limitations, and I have yet to hurt myself since the procedure was done in August - I do Pilates and yoga regularly- just be careful not to over do it.

      over 4 years ago
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    Thanks Christiana And Myb start week two of Chemo And Radiation I m receiving Chemo at home and and yes the port hurts I might need to start sleeping setting up I have been getting up cooking and house work trying to stay busy I will do some things then rest I dont drive because i have been dizzy since i have started treatment