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Treatment

 
Treatment

Chapter: 6 - Treatment

Subchapter: 8 - Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a treatment method that uses a combination of drugs to either destroy cancer cells or slow cancer cell growth. Cytotoxic drugs (meaning “toxic to cells”) are taken intravenously (through the bloodstream) or orally. Chemotherapy is a systemic therapy, meaning that the drugs travel in the bloodstream through the entire body.

Chemotherapy is offered to most patients based on several factors: tumor type, grade, size, receptor status, lymph node involvement and the risk for spread elsewhere. Your medical team will work to select the right blend of chemotherapy drugs to suppress each stage of the cancer cells’ growth. Chemotherapy is commonly prescribed along with other treatment methods such as hormonal and targeted therapies. It can also be used to shrink a tumor before surgery for easier and safer removal.

If you receive chemotherapy, your doctor will administer it in short courses, with several weeks in between to allow your normal cells to recover. This treatment period can be a challenging time emotionally and physically; it is important for you to develop a support team of family or friends that can help comfort and encourage you in this time.

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    I am getting ready to have my first chemotherapy treatment. What should I expect?

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      Shawna I'm sorry to hear your starting this journey. Plan for a long day - bring a book, game, snacks, comfy blanket. There are different chemo's. what are yours? They also effect people differently. My experience with TCH - taxotere, carboplatin & herceptin wasn't pleasant. I don mean to scare...

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      Shawna I'm sorry to hear your starting this journey. Plan for a long day - bring a book, game, snacks, comfy blanket. There are different chemo's. what are yours? They also effect people differently. My experience with TCH - taxotere, carboplatin & herceptin wasn't pleasant. I don mean to scare you, but it kicked my butt. Stay positive, drink lots of water, pray, walk if you can (even if its around your yard) take your nausea &/or pain meds. Easier to treat than to take it away. There are the unpleasantries - sore mouth, use a rinse of baking soda & salt, nasty/metal tasting foods. - use plastic ware, eat whatever you can. About 2 weeks, you'll start shedding hair. The back & forth of constipation & diarrhea. REST! Listen to your body, nap if you need to. Concentrate on getting well. Don't sweat the small stuff. Let people help you. I could go on & on. We are all here for you. No question is silly or too personal. You are not alone. Stay strong. Prayers to you.

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      I am on adriamycin and cytoxan I took all the meds they told me to take and I haven't gotten sick or had any bad side affects. Thank god. My main complaint is tired and headache. For me it is getting harder to bounce back. I have had 3 treatment and one to go. Good luck to you and take care of yourself. Drink plenty to flush out the meds!!

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  • Connie Logan Profile

    Ten days after chemo my voice has become raspy and hard to talk. Definitely no cold or sickness. Any answers?

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    Stage 2B Patient
    almost 8 years 3 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      That's so strange... I finished chemo on 3/9 and shortly after - probably about 10 days, come to think of it - I lost my voice!!! It went on for a while too. For a few days it was really gone, but I struggled for a few weeks even with a raspy voice. I also didn't have a cold but I never...

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      That's so strange... I finished chemo on 3/9 and shortly after - probably about 10 days, come to think of it - I lost my voice!!! It went on for a while too. For a few days it was really gone, but I struggled for a few weeks even with a raspy voice. I also didn't have a cold but I never connected to chemo! So I have no answers but it did happen to me!

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    • Anj Donahue Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Do you have dry mouth/throat at all? I know that made me raspy for sure!

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  • Connie Logan Profile

    Anyone had a problem with excessive tearing from the eyes? This is after 3rd and fourth (final) taxotere/cytoxin treatment?

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    • Betsy Chapin Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Yes, I had major tearing and constantly had to wipe the tears off . So annoying!! With this my skin became quite chafed and I used Vaseline to help the irritation. I constantly found myself telling people I wasn't crying, it was just a side effect of the chemo. Connie,it sounds that you are at...

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      Yes, I had major tearing and constantly had to wipe the tears off . So annoying!! With this my skin became quite chafed and I used Vaseline to help the irritation. I constantly found myself telling people I wasn't crying, it was just a side effect of the chemo. Connie,it sounds that you are at the end of treatment. Hang in there, it will go away soon.

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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Yep, sure did! More annoying than anything else. It stops when treatment does, so it should go away soon.

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