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    veneceh asked a questionLung Cancer

    How early do the effects of chemo hit? After 1, 2, or 3 weeks?

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      MoreSentient2

      It depends on the treatment. My first effects showed up at 3 weeks but they were mild. The worst chemo effects came near the end of my 6-week continuous course of infusion treatment, especially since I was also nearing the end of 28 radiation treatments.

      over 4 years ago
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      I received chemo every 3 weeks. I took dexamethasone one day prior and two days after chemo to prevent allergic reactions. The dexamathasone commonly makes people very energized, so the first day or so after chemo I was tired, but let me tell you, when I stopped taking the dexamethason on the 3rd day, I crashed big time and could not get my head off the sofa. I was mostly alone during these times of extreme weakness, and would have given anything for someone to come and just be with me at those times. To be honest, your mom might welcome your visit when she is on the low point of chemo so you can help her out.

      over 4 years ago
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      I agree. Side effects vary from person to person. A visit from a loved one is always good when going through treatment.

      over 4 years ago
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    veneceh asked a questionLung Cancer

    The esophagus liquid doesn't stop the pain. My mother squishes her pain meds & microwaves in water to dissolve. I don't think she's eating.

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      phoenix49 (Best Answer!)

      OXYCODONE LIQUID...Worked GREAT for me (over 5 years after radiation/chemo for stage IV esophageal). Any med can be had in liquid form, but sometimes you have to specify it though.

      over 4 years ago
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      susie81610

      Her meds may not be working the right way either with the way she is taking them. Some pills should not be broken talk to your Dr and get the liquid form of meds. I have liquid morphine for the days I can't seem to get the pills down. Maybe that will help with her pain mgmt

      over 4 years ago
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      veneceh

      Thanks for your answers. I gave her a liquid mix of aloe vera & Vitamin E which helped--she used it. Her doctors didn't understand that she couldn't swallow anything "whole". How could they miss that? Ugh. Also, she is done with radiation & throat is getting better. Now it's on to chemo.

      over 4 years ago
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