May 28, 2009 - 11:08 am
My husband has Stage IVa SCC of the left tonsil and lymph nodes. He had surgery to remove both 2 weeks ago, and now has been prescribed 8 weeks of chemo (carboplatin & taxol) and 8 weeks of radiation and chemo. From what I have heard from the oncologist is that it is not the day of the treatments that you feel terrible but a day or 2 after? Is this true? How quickly do you recover from each treatment? My husband plans to get his treatment on Thursdays so he can recup on the weekends and be ready to go back to work on Mondays...does this sound realistic?
I thought that chemo was supposed to be worse in regards to side effects, but the more I hear and read it is the radiation that is worse?
Here is what I got from the Oncologist, hair loss from the chemo will be about 3 weeks after starting the chemo, nausea from chemo, fatigue, weight loss. Side effects from radiation -- burns, mouth sores, difficulty swallowing, more weight loss...
Do these side effects seem correct? What else can we expect? Did you miss alot of work while going through your treatments?