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    Procedure or Surgery (Removal of port due to an nifection): My port became infected about 2 months ago. My doctor tried massive doses of antibiotics but they didn't work. So off to the surgeon who removed it, with a local anesthetic, in his office. He didn't suture or staple the incision. Rather he packed it and left it to my wife to change the packing every day for a week. After the local anesthetic wore off I felt persistent though minor pain which continues today, a week after the surgery. It feels like the incision is tight and is pulling. I've been taking 1500mg of Tylenol once or twice a day to relieve the discomfort but mostly I just deal with it. Next week I get a new port put in.

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    Side Effects (Blood sugar, high (diabetes)): I became an insulin dependent diabetic as a result of the cancer and I believe some of the chemo drugs I received.

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    Side Effects (Fatigue (tiredness)): The radiation made me extremely tired.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): After my chemotherapy, I received radiation to my spine as a precaution to make sure there were no cancer cells in the crevasses left by the fractures to the 7th and 8th thoracic vertebrae. I received 12 radiation treatments which made me extremely tired but like the chemo, i did not get sick from it.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Since my cancer was an aggressive form, it required an equally aggressive chemotherapy. The protocol was PROMACE/CYTABOM which consisted of 8 chemo drugs and 3 antinausea drugs administered over a 2 week period. I lost all my hair and was tired but I did not lose my appetite nor did i get nauseous.

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