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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): 3/2013 routine colonoscopy and endoscopy

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    My friend didn't make it to the appointment for the endoscopy on the 28th (too nauseated and weak); instead went in to chemo lab for fluids and atropine. He slept the rest of the day and didn't drink enough fluids, therefore made another trip in for fluids and steroids on the 29th of June. Late Saturday evening his temperature spiked to 102.9. His on-call doctor said take two Tylenol and call nurse for antibiotic in the morning. The Tylenol and ice packs didn't help. I called on-call physician again, asked if I could give Levaquin (from previous hospital trip) and Ibuprofen (researched and can't give with Mobic, which he is taking for arthritis in lower back). Today, his temperature is down and he is trying to drink more liquids. Pray all are having a good weekend!

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      Sounds like your learning the routine. Seems we have the same thing happen to a lot of us. I had the fever spike too, didn't take anything and didn't get to the hospital in time. I had 105.9 and had to lay on a cold blanket thing and have ice packs all over me. That was miserable. Your doing great work, keep it up!

      almost 4 years ago
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    I am writing for a friend. After endoscopy (March 8, 2013) results came back inclusive for cancer, but with growths (the endoscopy center nurse) said the size of a pencil eraser, he was sent to an oncologist (gastroenterologist choice), March 28, 2013, who said this was early and sent him to a surgeon.
    We asked the oncologist to refer us for a PET scan. April 8, 2013, scan results showed lesions on the liver. Surgeon sent him in for a liver biopsy, April 16, 2013 after viewing the PET. The results showed metastasis to liver, scheduled appointment April 22, 2013, with new oncologist (of our choosing). After viewing results oncologist list as Esophageal/unknown primary, started him on chemo, 5FU/Leucovorin (3 days), Taxotere, and Carboplatin (day3 only). After first round, he ended up in hospital for a week (dehydration), after second round, ended up in emergency room all day (dehydration).
    CT scan scheduled showed only 20% success.
    The oncologist says my friend is a rare case and has him puzzled, but need to tweak and continue with chemo. As of June 19, 2013, the oncologist added Oxaliplatin to the existing drugs, as the new plan, and ordered another endoscopy.
    He is tired, does not feel like eating, and WBC (after lab today) has dropped to 2.7.

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    Side Effects (Diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss): The oncologist says my friend is a rare case and has him puzzled, but need to tweak and continue with chemo. As of June 19, 2013, the oncologist added Oxaliplatin to the existing drugs, as the new plan, and ordered another endoscopy.
    He is tired, does not feel like eating, and WBC (after lab today) has dropped to 2.7.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): New Chemo plan:5FU/Leucovorin (3 days), Taxotere, Carboplatin, and Oxaliplatin (Pre-meds: Kytril, Decadron)

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    Side Effects (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, dehydration, lack of appetite, weight loss, shortness of breath): first round, ended up in hospital for a week (dehydration), after second round, ended up in emergency room all day (dehydration).