Take the time you need to gather yourself as this is a lot to take in.. But know.. advancements in treatment happen all the time.. your in a great area to receive top notch premium treatment.. Chemo isn't what it used to be.... its targeted and on point.. Know you are in my thoughts and we are all ready to go through this with you and I for one am not that far away so keep that in mind too.. We have many many more questions, answers and comments to get deleted so know all will be well.. its another character builder.. something that will overall make us stronger.. Know your loved by many :)
I haven't had chemo, but a cancer video we watched in school said that you get a bit of a tummy ache and then your hair just stops growing and comes out. I'll go check my facts though. Go to http://www.uihealthcare.org/2column.aspx?id=22804 for a better answer. I hope this helps!!!!
I know a couple of people who have went through it ! I'm not going to say much here as it's too public . You need to find someone to be with you all the time . The weakness and the nausea are hard to battle ! You're a tough lady and will win ! They're are a few on here that I know have been through it . The best advice I can give you right now is be strong and keep your head up and know you have a lot of people that care about you ! I will try to find a couple of them for you to talk to !
There are different drugs used for different cancers and the effect will vary with them and the dosage. I was going to get a low dose of tamoxifen and it was suppose to have very low side effects. I have another medical issues and cannot take it because of that. You really need to talk to your doctor about what to expect. also get the name of the drug/drugs and do a search for them that way. Also age and other health factors will matter.
My wife went through chemo twice for two different types of cancer. As gatorblu said, the drugs my wife was given were different, for two types of cancer. She first had breast cancer and the chemo, for lack of a better word, was mild. She was a little nauseous, didn't have much of an appetite, and was very weak for a few days afterward. The chemo in conjunction with radiation after surgery was completely successful and she was cancer free. It is a scary time to go through and you will need the support, mentally and physically, of your family. I know that you come from a loving family and they will help you get through this tough time in your life.
Different chemo drugs have different side effects but common include nausea, weakness, diarrhea. There are good drugs for the side effects. My treatment caused extreme fatigue because of blood levels dropping so low. I had to have transfusion because of this. Neulasta is given to help build the blood but it has some harsh side effects as well. Good luck and my prayers are with you.
I took care of my best girlfriend and her little boy during her six month chemo for breast cancer and her tumor was pretty big and overall she did really well. She was scared to death. But she went once a week on Friday and I would make sure she was okay while I stayed with her and then my husband watched her child along with our kids. They give medicine for upset stomach at the same time as the medicine. She would come home and go to sleep. Soup and broth were her favorite during weekends. Only once did she get a fever and there was a pill that took that away immediately. Her hair did NOT fall out. This was 20 years ago and she is doing great!!!! She made sure to take care of herself a rested when she needed to. She did have a mastectomy first though but I don't think they do that as much now. I'm so sorry this was the diagnosis sweetie. But you are STRONG. And we are here for you all the way !