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    Starting AC chemo on 12/9/14. I'm scared, and curious about the side effects and the length and severity

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      leslie48240

      I second what Annogden said...especially about 'eat what you want'. This is the time for comfort foods!! And re-iterate that the fluids are so important. They flush the chemo thru the parts of your body you don't want it to linger in. If you don't love water...add something to it to make you want it (lemon, flavoring) Don't let all the posts of the horrible sounding side effects scare you too much...We do not all get those. Do listen to your body and tell the Dr/chemo nurse of anything that is not feeling right or bothering you. Sometimes they can tweak the amount or timing. Also...at my 'chemo lounge'...they supplied the blankets, pillows, snacks, water and otherdrinks...maybe that is not the norm. Also had donated reading materials and individual TVs there that helped pass the time quickly.

      over 6 years ago
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      Carol1286

      My oncologist and the infusion center gave me a lot of information. I had 4 round of AC, followed by 12 weeks of Taxol. AC kicked my butt with nausea, vomiting, fatigue, hair loss (hair was gone within 2 weeks), metallic taste in my mouth, I had to give myself to eat and list over 25 pounds. Taxol was easier, but I developed Peripheral Neuropathy. I was hospitalized for seven days after the 4th AC treatment for critically low white and red blood cell counts.

      Take things along to chemo to keep yourself occupied. I took puzzle books and my kindle. The infusion center had a tv in each room. My husband went to every chemo treatment. He was fabulous. I started taking flowers into the infusion center and handing the flowers out to patients who were alone, and yes I drug the IV poll around with me.

      Hair loss was traumatic for me because I had hair down to my waist. I had it cut off and I donated it to Pantene. I lost my eyebrows and lashes too. I've been out of chemo for a year now. My hair cane back curly and brown. I had straight blonde hair before. Yesterday I had my first trim and had highlights added. It looks great.

      Before each chemo infusion I took a nausea pill to pre empt nausea. There were also nausea meds given through the IV which helped. You'll figure out a good regime for you.

      Good luck on the 9th. I'll send prayers to heaven for you.

      over 6 years ago
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      MMarie

      I stopped listening to anyone who compared my story to theirs. I listened to myself and was brutally honest with my oncologist. I had 4 rounds of AC and 4 of T....spaced out every two weeks. Cannot tell you that it was easy for me, but I did it. I worked as much as I could. You have every right to be scared. Worst for me was the neuropathy and the bone pain.

      One of the best things you can do it to stay in contact with us. Lots of wisdom, support and experiences here.

      about 6 years ago
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