I had my first chemo session today, with Cisplatin, followed by my second radiotherapy session. I went alone, so I only had to concentrate on myself and not worry about anyone else. The other 2 people there today had a companion. The staff fed and and watered them too. Each to his own, either version works. I will go alone again, as I have done for all but one appointment ( when my daughter was around and we were going for coffee after. That was a day with lots of info , so her added recall was nice to have.)
The chemo part of the day took 6 hours and 15 minutes, and I actually had a lovely relaxed day, being pampered. Comfy reclining chair with loads of pillows , teas and coffees galore with biscuits and chocolates, and a nice lunch.Had a little doze at one point. The staff were all lovely and very caring.
The actual cisplatin dose took an hour and half. I got an anti sickness tablet straight away, then sat with tea and biscuits and a warm pad over my selected arm to warm the veins for inserting the canula. Then a steroid infusion, again they said to prevent nausea, then another I forget ,but was to support the cisplatin.
Cisplatin was 3rd. Much checking between 2 nurses to check prescription, dose etc. The Cisplatin made my arm along the vein ache ache a little bit ( the previous and subsequent ones didnt). The nurse checked all around the canula and up my arm carefully, then recommended I put the heat pad back over my arm to expand the veins, and she turned the pump down to deliver the dose less powerfully, ie in one and a half hours instead of an hour. That fixed it. Dozed during this for about half an hour. Then a couple more infusions after, one at least was replacing things the chemo damages I think, like minerals, but by that time I was too relaxed to care enough to ask.
Then I went for the radiotherapy, and home.
I know I can expect side effects to arrive but I enjoyed this day at least, so a good start. I have had a moderate head ache this evening, not bad enough to need to take anything, which I suppose may be a side effect or may be unconnected (though I rarely get headaches). Will ask them , if I still have it in the morning.
Pleased to have properly started my adjuvant treatment now , and feel less stressed as a result.
Thought those at earlier stages or waiting might like to know, how it went. x
Hi MrsWoodentop It's good to hear that your first chemo session went well. I hope you won't have too many side effects - any queries make sure you ring the on call oncologist so they can sort you out strait away. Take things easy now, drink lots to flush the toxins out and do things you entity doing when you can. Sending lots of good wishes that your treatment goes well x
Morning Mrs Woodentop
I am also pleased for u to read ur first Chemo session went ok
six hours seems along time to sit in the Chemo suite but as u say the nurses are great & u are provided with tea & biscuits to keep u going did u take some food with u My hubby is having Chemo at the moment & they told us to take some food & drinks as we could be there for a while but luckily his Chemo only takes one & half hours by drip the rest of his Chemo is by tablets over 10 days Sorry I have drifted off !!
My results for my stage 1A Womb Cancer came back all clear after my full hysterectomy 3 weeks ago & I am pleased to say I need no further treatment I am over the moon as everything seemed to be going wrong at the beginning of the year especially when hubby’s Brain Tumour grew back after 7 years we were completely devastated he has been through so much & then with my diagnosis in April it makes u think what have we done wrong ! But Cancer targets anybody it just seems so unfair at times but one thing for sure we stay positive xxx
I am so pleased for you that hour result was 1A and all done and dusted. Now you can be able to concentrate on supporting your hubby.
My meal plan I think may be different cos I am having my chemo and radio privately, as I have private cover from a policy for us both from my husband's work, and it got me started 2 weeks earlier than my consultant could do in the NHS. I got a menu to chose from, like when you are an inpatient.
Horrible for your husband to get a recurrence, especially when you must have both thought he was all sorted. I hope it all goes really well for your him this time too xxx
Thank u Mrs Woodentop
Wishing u all the best with u journey & hoping it all goes well & ur final outcome will be good news I will be keeping my fingers crossed
How many Chemo & Radio sessions do u have to have ?
Lots of hugs. With love
Thanks for the good wishes.
I have 5 weeks of 5 days a week, so 25 'fractions ' as they call them, of radiotherapy, plus 6 rounds of chemo, 1 day each intravenously, once every 3 weeks. The first two are cisplatin in weeks 1 and 4 of my radiotherapy , followed by 4 of carboplatin and paclitaxel. I have been told that the paclitaxel is what will make me lose my hair, so I have it for a few weeks more. I have a selection ofwigs and turbans waiting.
Hugs and Love x
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