He starts chemo: Now what do I expect?
first a thank you to those who responded to me previously…it helped to calm me down a lot before meeting with the surgeon.. we’ve now met with oncologist as well and he has gotten a power port put in….
he starts his chemo on Thurs and will be going home with a pump for 48 hours…is this normal??? he will be given a mixture of 3 drugs, oxaliplatin, irinotecan and fluorouracil…from what i understand, the first one is one that will make him super sensitive to cold and takes about 3 hours to infuse then about 2 hours for the second one, and the last one is the one that he will be on the pump for… We will be going back to UVA for the initial pump removal and at that time they will teach us how to remove it to bring back in two weeks for the next cycle..
Is it normal for me to be feeling overwhelmed? i’m a bit nervous about this whole pump thing, they’ve given us handouts etc about the chemo drugs but as they say, it affects every person differently.. ‘one of the biggest issues i think with him will be giving up ice cream for 5 days…apparently anything cold is a BIG no no with the first drug for the first 5 days after infusion…
i guess my biggest thing is what kinds of things do i expect or should be watching for with this first chemo????