Aug 19, 2001 - 10:06 pm
Hi everyone - my 65 year old husband was diagnosed in early July with non small cell lung cancer, left lung, right in the middle of his chest -- about the size of a baseball, completely blocking his airway into the left lung. The cancer has not spread anywhere else. He started treatment two weeks ago, 7 total weeks of radiation - the first 6 days, combo chemo and radiation, then more radiation, then another 6 days combo chemo and radiation, then more radiation. The drugs are Cisplatin and Etoposide - getting the Cisplatin on the first and sixth day, and the Etoposide on every day of the 6 day schedule. Then finishing up with taxotere, 3 treatments 21 days apart. Anyway, first two weeks down, and things are pretty good. They gave him lots of fluids, steroids, anti-nausea drugs, and other good things in every 3 hour chemo session, and he never was sick. The biggest problem at this point is that he smells a terrible smell everywhere - most foods have this putrid odor -- the house smells like it, he says -- his hands and body smell like it he says. But, of course, no one else can smell it. Even the soap smells gross -- I think maybe this is coming from the chemicals in the chemo or the tumor "frying" after the radiation. Has anyone heard of this sympton??? It makes it pretty hard to keep his nutrition the best, when you never know what will have "the smell". Meat definitely has "the smell" so that's out. Anyway, just wondering if anyone else has experienced this sympton.