Feeling like a pro after 4 cycles of Docetaxel, Carboplatin, Herceptin and Pertuzumab, I thought I'd share a few things I wish I'd known before chemo started to help me manage it more effectively from the start. My first piece of advice is - Don't Panic! When my oncologist told me about chemo side effects I decided this was worse than the cancer itself, but it's really been very manageable for me.
The IV Treatment Itself
Honestly, mine takes 6-7 hours and it's boring! Bring stuff to do whilst you're sitting, but remember that one hand is likely to be out of action as the cannula for the drip needs to stay relatively still. And wear leggings....you end up going to the loo a lot, whilst still attached to the drip, so managing one handed is a challenge with zips and buttons.
Indigestion and Heartburn
Sensitive Mouth and Weird Taste
Poop (sorry, but I can't avoid it)
The Nose - it runs and it clots
I hope my experience helps anyone else be a little more prepared and feel a little less scared than I did a few months ago before it all started!
Starting my chemo next week. Thank you so much. This is so helpful.
Thank you so much for being so honest. This helps a great deal. I've yet to get a date for my chemo. It's TCH, whatever that means. I know the H is Herceptin. To be honest I'm not really interested in what is called. More interested in what its going to do. These honest blogs certainly put mind at ease. Thanks again. Xx
Good luck for next week
Hi, mine is TCHP, so sounds similar. So glad you found the blog useful, good luck for when it starts x
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