Starting Chemotherapy today anxious..

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Sitting in Elizabeth Loury ward alone in quiet room waiting for a chair to be ready for me.  Feeling very vulnerable and anxious.  Been here nearly 2 hours.  Have my 1st cycle of chemotherapy today carboplatin and etiposide.  Have to have it in ward 1st cycle then the rest in Chemotherapy unit. Had all scans last week just waiting for results.  Not sure how much longer I have to wait. 

  • Hello, Just so you know someone is reading this. Thankfully, I haven't got to have chemotherapy at this point, so I can't offer you any hints or tips, but I am sure someone will ASAP> Good luck and I hope it is easier than you think it will be.

  • Thank you.  Just had to have some bloods again. Going to check my hemoglobin and iron.  Will be a long day. Means a lot for your reply.  
    Megan 

  • Hi Megan

    Sorry for the delay in seeing this-I’ve been at hospital myself this morning. I hope everything has started for you now…I can’t contribute any experience of your chemo mix as I didn’t have it, but I hope it goes smoothly and you don’t have any nasty side effects. Sometimes there can be a bit of waiting around for chemo if the pharmacy hasn’t made the drugs up, but I did find chemo very relaxing once the cannula was in. Just try to keep your mind occupied with something else. This is when it’s handy to have some stuff downloaded to your phone or tablet to watch. Good luck with it and I hope you’re ok.

    Sarah xx


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  • Hi  

    Good luck, I hope it is going ok for you so far xxx

  • I hope your treatment went well Megs. 

    Linda

  • Hi May2,

    Wasn’t the greatest start, had a severe allergic reaction to the first chemotherapy drug.  They had to stop it and my stats went down quick, couldn’t breathe saw dancing things around my eyes and lower back intense spasms.  They gave me some extra IV drugs antihistamine, and extra strong steroids.  Left me an hour then restarted the chemo on a lower dose 2 hours going in instead of 1 hour.  Went through all good,  They have decided to change my regime now and not do capsules at home and do 3 days IV of both drug.  Need to be monitored each time now.  Last dose today then will be discharged if stats all good.  
    thanks for asking. 
    Megan 

  • Oh Megan, that must have been horrible for you, and really scary. At least if you are going to have the drugs by IV you will be closely monitored which is a good thing. Hope everything will be ok for discharge home.

    Sarah xx


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  • Hi Megan

    What a nightmare for you! 

    How are you feeling now, hope the cycle hasn’t been too tough on you.

    I also had Etoposide & Carboplatin for small cell, presume you have the same?

    My inbox is always open, I just finished my treatment 2 weeks ago

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