Reduce nausea after chemotherapy??
Asked by Laveta Lebeau 4 months ago.
Compazine. Zofran. Emend. Aloxi. Steroids. Lorazepam. Or, for a more natural approach: small meals every couple of hours; ginger and ginger ale; Sea Bands; bland easy-to-digest foods. Try to exercise. It immediately reduces the nausea and lasts for hours. 20 minutes walking at a brisk pace should do it. Answered by Lisette Straughter 4 months ago.
The onc for the patient should be able to adjust the anti nausea drugs to help with this problem. If then it still doesn't help, ginger tea works wonders. Answered by Guillermina Trider 4 months ago.
Popsicles and unseasoned baked chicken, and plain rice was pretty much all I could eat without throwing up after my 8hr days of chemo 5 days a week. Saltines were good too. Answered by Shelby Lafoe 4 months ago.
Emend! My mom SWEARS by it! she's got a VERY sensitive tummy, and the Emend was a Godsend! Answered by Sammie Foore 4 months ago.
I start chemo soon. Is there anything I can do before my appointment to relieve nausea or other symptoms?
The chemo follows my lobectomy eight weeks ago for non small celll lung cancer. There was no lymph node involvement. I will receive four cycles in four weeks, assuming I can handle it physically.
Asked by Catherine Yurovic 4 months ago.
Dear Worried One, I am an oncology certified registered nurse, and would like to answer your question. There are some very good anti-nausea medications such as Kytril, Anzemet, Zofran, and Aloxi specifically for chemotherapy related nausea. You will most likely not have nausea during the infusion of the chemotherapy, but the nause may happen after the treatment and could continue for a couple of days. Your doctor will most likely order an antinausea medication be given intraveneously just before you are given the chemo. This is to prevent nausea the same day of chemo administration. Then your doctor will give you a prescription for an anti-nausea med to take at home. If one does not work, call your physician and ask for another one. Sometimes high anxiety or dread of the treatment can cause nausea even before the chemo starts. If this happens to you, your doctor can precribe an anti-anxiety medication. As one of the respondants indicated, marijuana is also a good antiemetic. There is a legal pill form that can be prescribed by your physician, but it is very expensive. It you have insurance, maybe it would be covered. The gentlemen who wrote a book about the evils of chemotherapy and the virtues of raw vegetables is misinformed. He is very correct about the importance of a good diet to help your body recover, but he does not understand the priciples of how chemotherapy works. Chemotherapy is not one drug, but many, and each type chemo approaches the cancer from a different angle. If one does not work, your doctor may try another one. Some chemo drugs stop the cancer by interfering with their cell division. Other newer drugs like Avastin specifically target the blood supply to the tumor, shrinking the blood vessels which in turn, causes the turmor to shrink. No treatment promises a cure. A better way to think about cancer is to think of it as a condition that you will fight and attempt to control with medication, diet, exercise, and faith, even if it turns out that your particular cancer is not cureable. (Many other conditions are not cureable, but people live with them....diabetes, epilepsy, hypertension, heart failure). Also, there are many different kinds of treatments available now with more in development. My best advice to you is to: 1. Follow your oncologist's plan of treatment...he has only your best interest in mind and is qualified to decide the best course of treatment for you. 2. Minimize stress in your life (stress suppresses the immune system). 3. Eat small, frequent meals and include a nutritional supplement to give your body plenty of fuel to fight the disease. (Prosure is one nutritional supplement specifically for cancer patients). 4. Don't isolate yourself from family and friends. You need them now more than ever. Spend time with the ones you love, and go places you have always wanted to go. 5. Finally, pray and believe that God is in control of your life and that whatever happens will be His will for you. God bless you. Answered by Celsa Lolling 4 months ago.
Hello, I am so sorry to hear about your situation, but you will get through it, take one day at a time. I have had chemo for the past year and my nausea was UNCONTROLLABLE until they gave me IV meds through my port. Here are some to ask your doctor about (everyone is different, this is just so you have the names): 1.) Emend (NEW: a series of 3 pills, taken PRIOR to starting chemo) 2.) Reglan 3.) Zofran (gives me a really bad headache if I take them too close) 4.) Phenegran (Spelling? I was allergic to that one:) 5.) The marijuana pill : Marinol 6.) Ativan, this also helps to calm you down It is important to keep hydrated prior to chemo. These were just some that I've taken over time, yours may not be that bad, but that way you have the names in case some don't work. Good luck...you'll get through this!!! Take care. Answered by Scot Krefft 4 months ago.
Do not worry. This side effect varies with different people. About 75% of patient can be relieved of these side effect by using modern anti-emetics (anti vomiting). Common drugs causing N&V are platinum analogues an doxorubicin. The dose of the anti-emetic will be adjusted to match that the dose of chemo (by the physician of course). Just tell him if treatment works or not so he can adjust it accordinly. Alternative medicine also works i.e. acupuncture needle positioned at point P6. If it does not go as mentioned above, you can question again on the net. We'll take it from there Well hear from you soon and all the best. Answered by Nicolasa Rance 4 months ago.
I am a chemo RN and give chemotherapy on a regular basis. I think you would benefit from hydrating yourself before you go to the appointment. Start working on drinking extra fluids a couple of days before the appointment and make your calories count, drink milk or juice or something with some calories in it, For example, drink a whole glass of orange juice with your medicine. and drink 2 full glasses of milk or juice with every meal. Keep somthing to drink available all of the time and sip. The nurse giving your chemotherapy will be giving you something for nausea, which should keep you from feeling like your going to vomit your socks off for 24 hrs after the chemo. Also, your physician will be prescribing you nausea medication for home use. Now days, Oncolgist are very aggresive at treating the symptoms associated with chemotherapy. Good luck. Answered by Gil Heitner 4 months ago.
I think you should ask your doctors that question and perhaps you have in order to get good advise on what can be prescribed for you. My heart tells me to also express to you my prayers and sincere hope that the chemo doesn't cause you too much distress. Your Yahoo friends are with you so think about the people who care about you and all things good and sweet in life so you will be distracted from the effects of chemo. Be strong and know others are there for you. Here's a big hug for you. Answered by Tifany Shoto 4 months ago.
get plenty of sleep, be well hydrated, chemo is very dehydrating. but know that they have very good medications now to prevent the nausea. although, it's different for each person, and it depends on the chemo agent, many people go through without the horrible nausea typically associated with it. Take care, and I hope it's a swift and effective treatment for you. Answered by Norine Hnatow 4 months ago.
Try ginger, also take B12 and B6. But, be careful taking anti oxidents in pill form. Ask some of the nurses who will give you the Chemo what you should take. They are a good source of information. Good luck. Answered by Ronnie Rubenstein 4 months ago.
Hate to say it but pot helps......seen least 6 go through chemo of all ages and all ended up using some to get past the nausea. Answered by Emelda Moonen 4 months ago.
Sorry to hear that kathleen, i dont know of anything you can take or do.. My mom went through chemo and got really sick, but we were all there to help her feel better and she is fine now.. Hope you have family close by and i wish you the best of luck... Answered by Shavonne Juul 4 months ago.
With chemotherapy, has anyone been prescribed Emend for delayed nausea? What is your opinion of this drug?
In addition to the Emend, the chemo nurse had also inserted dexamethasone and Aloxi in his IV drip. He just completed his second of 3-day treatment. I pray this does the trick, and fully helps with the nausea/vomit/dry heave factor. Keep those answers coming. Thanks
Asked by Lamont Penalosa 4 months ago.
I took one about an hour before my chemotherapy meds dripped and so far, I am good. I am supposed to take 1 more Emend tomorrow and another the day after. That is the suggestion for each cycle. Answered by Xenia Candell 4 months ago.
Yes I have taken emend, it was given to me as a premed for my treatments. It is a decent anti nausua med, but didnt really work for me. Although I may not be the best person to take an opinion from because I never was able to get my nausea under control. I actually found thc, compazine, phenegran, and ativan to be the best in that order. But, every person responds differently to different meds. Answered by France Whitinger 4 months ago.
Phenergan not working?
Ok. To clarify some things, I am NOT an addict or anything. I had undiagnosed gall bladder disease for a year and 1/2. I was 15, 5'0, 97 pounds, with no family history. They did an ultrasound, but I didn't have stones. Only a HIDA scan discovered the truth! But anyways, during that year and 1/2, the doctors...
Asked by Jerlene Mostero 4 months ago.
Ok. To clarify some things, I am NOT an addict or anything. I had undiagnosed gall bladder disease for a year and 1/2. I was 15, 5'0, 97 pounds, with no family history. They did an ultrasound, but I didn't have stones. Only a HIDA scan discovered the truth! But anyways, during that year and 1/2, the doctors just said it was reflux and IBS. All they could do for me was give me phenergan for the vommiting. Well I had vommiting spells sometimes as often as twice a week. Now that the gallbladder problems are over, I still get sick sometimes and vomit (you know...stomach bugs, etc.). But now, it seems like Phenergan doesn't work. It used to knock me on my butt and now it doesn't really do anything. Is there anything else I can use that will work like Phenergan? Thanks y'all! Answered by Donita Awe 4 months ago.
Here are a few very effective anti-emetics: Metoclopramide (Reglan) Ondansetron (Zofran) Palonosetron (Aloxi) Domperidone (Motillium) Meclizine (Dramamine II) Hydroxyzine (Atarax / Vistaril) *Causes drowsiness* Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) *Causes drowsiness* The below two drugs have about half a dozen different ways to kill you. Avoid if you can. Cyclizine (Compazine) ***NOT RECOMMENDED*** Prochlorperazine (Stemetil) ***NOT RECOMMENDED** Hope this helps EDIT: The natural remedies suggested by honhill are also very good. Thumbs up honhill Also, Phenergan can cause temporary changes in your liver enzyme count, esp. if you've used it for a while. Perhaps you could ask your doc to give you a liver function test. Answered by Lester Weibel 4 months ago.
There are lots of alternatives, including some (Dramamine comes to mind) that don't even require a prescription. One of the most popular prescription drugs of late is ondansetron, but the top-selling pill, Zofran ODT, costs more per pill than a whole bucketful of Phenergan. Answered by Arica Penagos 4 months ago.
There are newer, more expensive anti nausea drugs such as Zofran, but there is good evidence that the kitchen remedy of real ginger helps nausea as much as many medications. You can buy ginger root and grate it onto food, you can buy a liquid and mix it with tea or another beverage or food, or you can try ginger capsules, which may be effective but probably not as much as fresh ginger. Plus side: ginger doesn't cause the funky side effects. I learned about it when I had gallbladder problems without stones, too! Answered by Jamar Kropidlowski 4 months ago.
geez I don't know. Phenergan reigns supreme for me. You can do comparison searches for other types of medicine that relate to vomitting symptoms on a variety of pharmacy websites though. Answered by Michiko Saguil 4 months ago.
Is chemotherapy covered by health insurance?
I had colon cancer 2 months ago, pT3, pN2a, cM0, Stage IIIB. Doctor removed 7.6 cm tumor and cut out 23 inches of my colon. Doctor says I need the treatment. Chemo drugs given are Oxliplatin, Aloxi and Decadron, standard medications given during Chemo. I have primary health insurance with Blue Shield (PPO). The...
Asked by Ozie Mile 4 months ago.
I had colon cancer 2 months ago, pT3, pN2a, cM0, Stage IIIB. Doctor removed 7.6 cm tumor and cut out 23 inches of my colon. Doctor says I need the treatment. Chemo drugs given are Oxliplatin, Aloxi and Decadron, standard medications given during Chemo. I have primary health insurance with Blue Shield (PPO). The Oncologist had me sign a Beneficiary Notice of Non Coverage-V2 form stating that the 3 medications I will be taking are non-covered service (reason-being Insurance may not pay), cost $1547.44 per treatment. I asked Pacific Cancer Care why, could not give me a yes or no answer. I called Blue Shield and they explained that they should be covered but not certain. Insurance has covered all procedures up to now, why no coverage for chemo? Answered by Katrina Rounsaville 4 months ago.
I think that's a form requesting coverage of medications in case they aren't covered. I've never had much of a problem with bcbs and don't imagine they wouldn't want to cover standard chemo drugs. Answered by Armanda Riester 4 months ago.
It should cover you. I had o problem, especially with a PPO. If you are getting an experimental procedure or if the docs are using a chemo agent that is not approved for your cancer, then there might be an issue. Ask your doc why it might not be covered. Answered by Chi Beydler 4 months ago.
What helps nausea the best in chemotherapy patients? ?
My mom just recently started chemotherapy for her lung cancer and she is feeling sick and her intestines are inflammed. If any of you know or have gone through chemo...I'm just looking for methods to help my mom.
Asked by Emanuel Koppelman 4 months ago.
They typically infuse a steroid to help with nausea (Decadron), and often infuse Aloxi also. This is a fairly new drug. They also give Emend orally for 3 days. Emend is effective for about 75% of people on moderately and highly emetogenic chemo agents. (It's so good a patient at my hospital wrote a poem praising it ...). Zofran, Compazine, and Lorazepam are all effective also in varying degrees. Answered by Annice Staser 4 months ago.
Here are several tips to prevent nausea during chemotherapy: -Drink fluids at room temperature. Cold or warm beverages may increase or trigger nausea in already sensitive stomachs. -Eat small meals throughout the day. -Avoid fatty, greasy foods right before or during treatment. -Rest after eating, but do not lay completely flat. Try laying in an upright position or in a recliner. This will aid in digestion. -Talk to your doctor about your nausea. Most people undergoing chemotherapy need to drink large amounts of fluids a day and if you are vomiting, this is not being achieved. There are anti-nausea medications your doctor can prescribe for nausea. (examples are prochloroperazine & haloperidol) -Breathe deeply and slowly when you are feeling nauseated. Answered by Pamila Ignasiak 4 months ago.
Gday - i finished 6 long months of chemo earlier this year and the following things helped > travel sickness wrist bands- i had them on 24 hours a day, i took them off once a week to wash them and that's it. Worked a TREAT!!! > Lorazepam - BEST sedative/anti nausea drug in the world > Emend - another anti nausea drug > SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP!! > Foods such as plain pasta, toasted cheese sandwiches, custard > Ginger Beer (the real stuff, not ginger ale) > cuddles and spending time with loved ones All the very best and tell your mum you love her every day!!! Answered by Drew Kragh 4 months ago.
My dad went through chemo therapy. To tell you the truth i wasn't really involved in it all. BUT i know ALOT of rest helps. Just make sure she's listening to her body, and her doctor. Keep up food intake as much as possible because there is usually vomiting associated with it and keeping your energy up is vital. Just make sure she gets alot of tlc. I know there are ALOT of support groups for cancer patients. If you contact one of them they will have ALOT of tips and stories to help your mum out. Answered by Claire Thornhill 4 months ago.
Ask her dr. They should be able to give her some medicine. I also have heard that there is chemo now with lower risks of side effects. I would talk to her dr. Answered by Shaunta Mcalmond 4 months ago.
Call her doctor. There are several anti-nausea medications that can be given. Phenegran, Benadryl, Compazine, Ect... Answered by Cedrick Aluarado 4 months ago.
I'm pretty sure the answer is pot. If you're in CA (or maybe some others states) you can get medical cannabis. Also maybe try ginger root, just chewing on it. Answered by Stefany Ledebuhr 4 months ago.
my boyfriends cousin has been going through chemo for months and uses marijuana Answered by Lupe Mayer 4 months ago.
weed. Uuum, i mean marijuana. plus it will be like smoking cigs...just safer! Answered by Josefina Redcross 4 months ago.
Can anybody tell me how to stop being nausea everyday due to cancer and the kimo ?
You see my grandmother has be diagnose with breast cancer since 1999 and she has be having nausea feeling everyday and look very sad due to it. She is 87 she helped raise me and at least i can find out how to delete that nausea feeling. What can she do? Please help!!!
Asked by Maida Nemerofsky 4 months ago.
You need to get in touch with your grandmother's oncologist and explain that she has severe nausea every day and it is effecting her quality of life. There are several different types of anti-nausea drugs (called anti-emetics) that can be tried individually or in combination. These range from the older classes of drugs (i.e. Compazine, Phenergan) to newer drugs (Zofran) to very new and expensive drugs like Emend, Aloxi, or Kytril. There are also drugs like Ativan that aren't anti-emetics themselves but can help with nausea. Also some of the anti-reflux drugs like Nexium or Reglan can help with nausea, especially if it's associated with heartburn. (I got terrible heartburn from the steroids.) There are anti-emetics that are in pill form or that can be given by IV. I got terribly sick from my first chemo and needed Aloxi via IV along with Emend to control it. Once the oncologist can get the nausea back under control, a tip for the future. Anti-nausea drugs work best when taken BEFORE you feel sick. In other words, they work best to PREVENT nausea, not treat it. So if your grandmother has to have another chemo session, have her take the drugs on schedule as a preventive. After my first really bad experience, I started taking the drugs as a preventive and never got sick again. My chemo contained a drug that is notorious for causing nausea and vomiting, but by taking the drugs on schedule, I was able to avoid most of it. Ask the oncologist, chemo nurse, or the pharmacist for suggestions on when it's best to take the drugs. Answered by Romona Lineback 4 months ago.
My Dr told me in his office after my biopsy. That's when I went numb and felt all the blood drain from my face and heard nothing else after that. If my husband wasn't with me, I would never had known anything he said after that. In one week I had a cat scan, followed by an MRI, then a biopsy and surgery. A mastectomy Last Nov my Oncologist performed a second mastectomy and removed all the residual tissue left by my first surgeon. Had I not gotten a second opinion, The tumor at the site of the first surgery would never have been found. Sorry, got off the subject. But that's how I found out. Your Dr sounds like a jerk. She should have told you what kind was wrong, why she ordered the test, and if she suspected cancer. My doctor told me what kind of cancer I had and how fast spreading it was. You need a more caring doctor, one that actually talks to their patients and not to someone else like you weren't even in the room. What a poor excuse for a doctor she is, Ignorant too. Answered by Genna Esquilin 4 months ago.
Im sorry to here this but yes smoking marijuana really helps alot !!!If your grandmother is not open to smoking then mix it in cake mix or brownie mix.If that doesnt work talk with her doctor so the doc can know how she is feeling he can give her some kind of medication to control her nausea. Answered by Sharleen Lintz 4 months ago.
I've been told that smoking marijuana does help a lot, but most 87 year old people are not open to the idea. When I had chemo for breast cancer my doctor prescribed suppositories that worked very well and when my father had lung cancer (he was 80) his doctor gave him a prescription for pills that worked. Both of these make you sleepy, but it was worth it to me. Answered by Alyssa Pinciaro 4 months ago.
When you are on chemo you should be supplied with tablets for the sickness - so your Grandma needs to ask for them. Answered by Naida Machinsky 4 months ago.
let her smoke some marijuana. It helps with nausea. Answered by Chanda Petrosyan 4 months ago.
crackers work they stop nausea Answered by Darron Mathis 4 months ago.
First its chemo... Second- Aska docter. I'm sorry about your gramma. Answered by Angelina Conda 4 months ago.
The question is that the doctor gave my daughter a shot to stop vomiting cause of a virus. did you hear of it.
Asked by Tobias Vereen 4 months ago.
There are several medications for adults and children to stop vomiting, but just a few are listed below. As you can see, some can be taken orally or by injection. Dolasetron (ANZEMET) oral and injectable Granisetron (KYTRIL) oral and injectable Odansetraon (ZOFRAN) oral and injectable Palonosetron (ALOXI) injectable Answered by Edgar Vandekieft 4 months ago.
The injection was probably because your doc wanted to make sure your daughter didn't throw the meds back up and then the dosage would be all screwed up. There are many injectable versions of drugs that most people are only familiar with taking orally. You may want to search the web for anti-vomitting injections and see what medications pop up. I know there are several. Answered by Korey Radovich 4 months ago.
I just read a bunch of stuff in a medical book b/c my 10 month old had a cold. Yours needs to go to the doctor/hospital since she's vomiting and has the flu. You don't want to make a fatal mistake by not seeking a doctor's help. I hope she gets better soon...poor thing. Answered by Mao Bergmark 4 months ago.
He basically gave her an anti-nausea (phenergan) medication. If she has been loosing a lot of fluids by vomiting. I'm surprised that he didn't put her on an IV or have her drink pedicare to bring her electrolytes up. I've been given the shot when I get migraine headaches. Answered by Charleen Trussler 4 months ago.
I actually did hear of it,I also got a shot to stop my vommiting, because I was vomitting 3 days every 20 minutes. I forgot the name of the shot, but it really does work, its amazing! Answered by Cherrie Vrana 4 months ago.
There's a few different types of injections to stop vomiting. Reglan and Phenergan are the first ones than come to mind. They are fairly common. Answered by Arlinda Nuckels 4 months ago.
I was given a shot of phenergan once because of nausea and vomiting during a severe migraine headache. Answered by Lashawnda Schuppert 4 months ago.
This often leads to a prescription of Phenergan, an antiemetic that can keep your child from vomiting, but often at the price of many other side effects. In addition to making your child very sleepy, Phenergan can cause respiratory depression (which means that your child could stop breathing) and dystonic reactions, with involuntary muscle spasms. Ps i work with a nurse who told me this... Answered by Alycia Alhaddad 4 months ago.
yep if vomitting for any reason is going on too long causing distress or dehydration the doc can give an anti sickness jab nothing to worry about hun Answered by Amira Battis 4 months ago.
They can give you intravenous medications to control nausea. They often give these after surgery when they know the patient is has a history of nausea. I haven't heard of shoots being given in the office for nausea though. Answered by Madge Palmerino 4 months ago.
I've had five cycles of chemo, is that enough?
AND i can't delay treatment till after thanksgiving cuz if i DO get it, then I have to get it EXACTLY three weeks after my last one which is this next wednesday (day before thanksgiving)
Asked by Floy Paganini 4 months ago.
Ok so I'm eighteen years old and I was told my B Cell lymphoma was in remission after my 4th round of chemo. Since then I've had another round of chemo. My doctor originally said 6 rounds. Why do i need another? I've had an awful time with side effects and I want to be able to eat Thanksgiving with my family... Answered by Nelson Kennedy 4 months ago.
I see the benefits but i cant help but see the bad things too... -larger chance for infertility (My largest concern) -less time for my hair to grow before college -i'm perfectly healthy and i'd like to keep it that way (chemo represses immune system) -it is pure hell, i've never been there but i can imagine its pretty darn close -i puke for three days straight, i dont eat for four, (i've already lost weight and am now down to 100 lbs), I dont sleep at night, Answered by Allena Birdon 4 months ago.
You have some good answers already. I thought you might like to also hear from another lymphoma survivor. No one knows for certain the answer to your question ... 5 cycles MIGHT be enough, it might NOT be enough. Most types of lymphomas (Hodgkin's/Non-Hodgkin's) are treated with an even number of chemotherapy cycles. So 4, 6, or 8 cycles is commonly done. Typically, treatment consists of 2 extra cycles of chemo beyond the remission point. This is because even if a person looks disease free on a scan (either CT or PET), you can have "residual" disease that is simply too small to detect. The extra chemotherapy cycles make sure any of the residual cancer cells are wiped out. I had Hodgkin's Disease and was in remission based on PET scan criteria by the 3rd cycle. However, because I had residual masses and couldn't have the recommended radiation, I had FIVE additional cycles of chemotherapy beyond that point based on the recommendation of a Hodgkin's specialist. (Most patients would have had 3 more cycles at that point, and then maybe radiation). It was really, really hard to keep going back for chemo. With a Hodgkin's cycle, you get treated two times each cycle, and so it was just about 8 months worth of getting poisoned every other Friday. I would start feeling sick the night before and need to find a garbage can to sit next to while getting chemo because just being at the cancer center made me sick to my stomach. In the short term, doing the extra chemo was very, very hard. I mean, I seriously used to have to DRAG myself in for chemo. I am, however, glad I did it. If my cancer ever comes back, I know I did everything I reasonably possibly could to beat it the first time. I'm not as much an expert on NHL (though my dad had a B-cell aggressive one), but in general lymphomas are FAR more curable during initial therapy than they are if they come back. Treatment if lymphoma relapses is often going to be something like salvage chemotherapy followed by high dose chemo and a stem cell transplant. That's basically standard with Hodgkin's and commonly done with my dad's N-HL as well. As bad as your initial therapy is, that is an even worse, more harsh and toxic treatment. Ask your oncologist if he would be willing to move your treatment slightly. A couple days really shouldn't matter much. I know at my cancer center that no one got treated on say national holidays, their treatment would be moved a day or two. It can't hurt to ask him, can it? Worst he can say is no, right? I'd also ask him if there's anything more you can do for your nausea. My oncologist was pretty upset when I got sick right after my first treatment and we worked together to come up with an effective anti-nausea regimen. There are a LOT of anti-nausea drugs out there ... Emend, Kytril, Aloxi, Zofran. Those are just a few. Most are very expensive, but sometimes your oncologist might have samples laying around ... If you haven't exhausted all the available options in that area, I would see if maybe one of those would work for you. Best of luck whatever you decide. Answered by Lynna Dimitry 4 months ago.
I know your scared and want to stop, and I know the fear of infertility. The most important thing is to finish treatment the way your doctor has ordered. It is a nightmare, but you can get through it! My son was diagnosed at age 15. Everything you said, he dealt with too. Weight loss, hair loss,afraid to sleep, and puking all the time. He was in the hospital for holidays and his 16th birthday, but as a family we adjusted them to fit around his hospital stays. We started chemo just 4 days after diagnosed, and we had no time to think about trying to collect sperm. We had to act quickly, as he only had 2 platelets and less than a 1/2 cup of blood in his body. They didn't think he would make it through the night let alone the first 3 weeks. That was 5 years ago. My son is now 21, starting college, in his 4th year of remission and has thought of having a family too. He went to get checked and was told he could have children. What a relief for us all. There is hope, you just have to be patient, because the important thing is to go into remission. Everything else will work it's self out. I hope this helps. Good luck and if you need someone to talk with please, drop me a line. I will add you to my prayers, along with anyone dealing with cancer. Answered by Nickolas Hengl 4 months ago.
Excellent question - and I like the answers above. We never know exactly how much is the right amount of treatment. Personally, I would delay the 6th cycle until the week after Thanksgiving. I've done this many times with my patients, and they did as well as people on a strict schedule. BUT - it is a negotiation with you and your oncologist. You do not want to skip the last recommended cycle. If the lymphoma returns, you will always wonder if that was why. When there is a chance to cure a malignancy - go for it. All too often we have no chance of cure with our patients. Answered by Kyle Keahey 4 months ago.
You could skip the 6th round of chemo and enjoy this thanksgiving, but you have a much better chance of enjoying many more thanksgivings if you complete the prescribed course of treatment. It is a bit like stopping taking antibiotics when you start to feel better, the infection isn't killed totally and comes back worse than ever and is harder to treat. Answered by Starla Yuill 4 months ago.
Whether or not it is enough depends on how things look on scans. It is fantastic that they are saying it is in remission already, they just wanna be sure they dont miss anything at all and will probably go ahead with the full course. I am not an expert but the fact that it responded so quickly is a good sign for you in my opinion. Answered by Tiffiny Angell 4 months ago.
See if you can get your Doctor to delay that 6th 'round until AFTER the Thanksgiving Holiday... I'm SURE he'll Understand Why... Better "late" for IT- than "too little"- for YOU... ! Answered by Larissa Bazzano 4 months ago.
What are some of the side effects of chemotherapy?
Can anything be done to mitigate the side effects?
Asked by Kandace Spradley 4 months ago.
Side effects from chemotherapy will depend upon the type of drug used, whether it is used in combination with other drugs, the dosage that is given, and the length of time for treatment. My son recieved high dose chemotherapy for 9 months. It took about threee months for him to lose all his hair. That didn't really bother him as much as it bothers some people. He just wore a cap or went shiny top. During the actual days that he had chemotherapy he was an inpatient because of the high toxicity of the drugs. He took Vincristine, Cytoxan, and Doxirubicin for 7 days and than was sent home for 21 - 25 days. He rotated the above with Etoposide and Ifosimide (3 day hospital stay). He used plenty of medications to get him through those days. And, basically found out that the nausea and vomiting can be controlled if you stay ahead of it. So, he elected to have round the clock anti-nausea meds consisting of Ativan, Zophran, Kytril, Benedryl, and Reglan as needed. Sometimes odor would trigger the feeling of nausea so he used Essense of Peppermint to mask the smells. The medication made him tired and so he slept through most of his treatments. He's home now on a different chemotherapy protocol of Irinotecan and Temodar. This is a two week stint and the worst side effect is diarrea. He uses Immodium he that starts to bother him. Once the treatment stops for that cycle he begins to feel fine within a day or two. He uses meds when he feels that he needs it. But since it makes him tired he doesn't ordinarily like to use it after treatments end. Those are the worst side effects for him. Answered by Pearly Melfi 4 months ago.
You do not state the type of chemotherapy. 99.5% have some sort of side effects. Nausea, vomiting, hair loss. White cells wiped out.(this in turn can cause a secondary infection that is as dangerous as the cancer itself) To Mitigate these side effects I can recomend Poly Mva. It reduces these dramitcally. www.polymva.com Marijuna where it is legal hmmm Marinol a synthetic form of Marijuana, that to me is 10 times more potent!! Tried all above and works wonders. I am now cancer free but it certainly helped to have something to negate the awfuls!! Answered by Breanna Fullmore 4 months ago.
each type of chemotherapy has its own side effects like any other drugs, they can have adverse effects too which u will be told to watch for, now there are medications given to avoid those side effects but like any other kind of medications the gravity of the side effects will still be an individual experience. i was told in one of my classes that people who get carsick or seasick easily, get more nauseated with chemo more than others, so that should be taken into consideration, maybe give more anti-nausea medication as premed. Answered by Colene Glantz 4 months ago.
From a cancer survivor: Don't worry. The worst that can happen is death. You will lose your hair. You will vomit. There aren't too many long term physical or mental side effects. (I run varsity cross country as a freshman in highschool and was valedictorian of my junior high class). To help cope with the side effects: Pray. Do fun things to distract yourself. Try not to think about the worst or the pain. Act normal when you can. Answered by Francesco Visvardis 4 months ago.
My father in law had a rare form of cancer and they gave him some very powerful anti nausea medicine that worked pretty good. He never did loose any hair. He is fully recovered which I believe speaks for the advances in medicine and Gods grace. They do try very hard to curb any side effects. Answered by Horacio Opsahl 4 months ago.
There are many different types of chemo. I was on adriamycin-puking,energy loss- hair loss total,stayed in bed til next treatment (every 3 wks) Cytoxan: leg muscle pain. And another. But, to your question. Yes, there are meds for puking, for energy I received Procrit-increases red blood cells, felt like a million bucks. Pain meds. No morphine. Answered by Hyun Craigo 4 months ago.
it really depends on the type of chemo drug you are on there is texatear ,herceptin the side affects can be helped with meds from your doctor such as being sick ,pain,tired,low white blood count but there is nothing that can be done about the hair loss my mom has breast cancer had 32 rounds of chemo lost all of her hair and finger nails her hair came back about 4 weeks after the chemo was over and she is getting her finger nails back now she is 61 and i think if she can hang in there you can to Answered by Anisa Benafield 4 months ago.
There is nothing that can stop the side effects of Cimo. Some of the side effects are hair loss throat hurting not being able to eat. Weak immune system hope this helped! Answered by Kayleigh Yeoman 4 months ago.
The term chemotherapy, or chemorefers to a wide range of drugs used to treat cancer. These Drugs causes some side effects. Some of the most common side effects of chemotherapy include various pains, weakness, looseness of the bowels, bruises in the throat and mouth, blood issue, and clogging, as indicated by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Especially Side effects on skin is very serious to think it. They are as follows: -redness. -rash. -itching. -dryness. -acne. Answered by Victorina Lieberman 4 months ago.