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    SuckItCancer asked a questionSkin Cancer - Melanoma

    When you were diagnosed with cancer did you think it was a death sentence?

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      Molly72

      I had Melanoma in the early 1960's, I had extensive surgery and was left very extensive ugly scars.
      To those who say it's easy to cure & treat, well guess what I say to them!

      My next bout with cancer came about 8 or so years ago: Angiosarcoma, Gastro Intestinal Stromal Tumor, and a bunch of pre-cancers that involved more intensive surgeries. Then more recently, another bunch of skin cancers treated with Moh's surgeries.
      Errant genes were involved in my case.

      Now I am going through more medical problems that believe it or not, are more painful and deabilitating (sp.) than all those cancers.
      What I learned from all this is that I have very little fear of the big C anymore.

      7 months ago
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      Carool

      Molly72, I’m sorry that you are going through more medical issues.

      7 months ago
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      BobsProstate

      I was scared with the diagnosis, but didn't think it will be a death sentence. But, we never really know.

      7 months ago
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    SuckItCancer asked a questionSkin Cancer - Melanoma

    Will side effects from chemo start the first day after treatment?

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      LiveWithCancer

      I felt great the day I got the chemo and I felt okay the following day. The next two days for me were horrible. I couldn't eat, drink, or get out of bed except to go vomit. You always knew when I was feeling better because I always wanted to go to Furrs Cafeteria for roast beef (go figure).

      Chemo was horrific for me, but the horror was really only a couple or three days out of every three week period. I could maintain some sort of lifestyle the remaining days.

      The anti-nausea pills did absolutely nothing for me. We tried several different ones. We also tried increasing steroids, also to no effect. I was able to work through the fatigue and queasiness except for those 2 or 3 days of the first week of chemo. I was fortunate and had no mouth sores and my blood levels stayed high throughout treatment.

      Good luck! It was definitely not easy, but it was worth it - I'm still here! :)

      8 months ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      Are you getting chemo or immunotherapy? If you're getting immunotherapy, my reaction was completely different than what I described above. Immunotherapy was a bit of fatigue the day of treatment and the following day (nothing debilitating at all). My thyroid did quit working fairly quickly ... that was the worst side effect (and it wasn't that bad except for the weight I gained and can't lose). I was on every other week infusions for 5 years and one-a-month infusions for another year or so.

      8 months ago
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      Kp2018

      You might not have any noticeable side effects. There's always that possibility. I remember wondering the morning after the first dose when the side effects would kick in. None did. After the 4th cycle of AC, I did develop mouth sores, but that was it. Of course, I lost my hair, and over time became rather pale, but I never missed a cardio or yoga class. I'll admit that I wasn't knocking myself out during cardio classes, but I was there, at least going through the motions.

      My oncologist attributed my tolerance of chemo to the fact that I exercise regularly and resolved to not let up during treatment.

      So, don't talk yourself into have side effects. Yours may be minimal, and quite tolerable.

      Best of luck to you. The important thing is the effectiveness of the treatment, not the side effects.

      8 months ago
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