I know the Mytomicyn is the 96 hr drip for 1st and 5th week.
Did you all have the 5-FU infusion the first day of the first week ONLY?
Actually, Mitomycin is the drug that is infused on the first day of each round and 5FU is the one that is given via the pump over 96 hours. Standard protocol is to give Mitomycin during both rounds. However, some people have reported only receiving it during the first round, due to significantly low blood counts at the time of round 2.
Hi cookie..I only received mytomicyn the first round...the PROTOCOL should be ONCE ,the first time.It has nothing to do with low blood counts.My blood counts were fine.I I know someone who was given it the second time by mistake..she became sooo ill.She had to go into the hospital for 3 weeks. She thought about suing the doctor when she found out the error.Please find out for sure..ask a lot of questions.I am 28 months NED..good luck..hugs..alyse
Hello Candy - I had mito the first day of chemo along with the 96 hours of 5 FU at the beginning and end of my treatment. I was lucky, I did not get sick really. Some nausea but not too bad. The last round made me severely dehydrated (diarrhea)and I had to go to the hospital for five days for fluids and opium to stop it but I can't say I was so sick I had to stop treatment. My team was aggressive in their care of me and followed what I believe was the standard Nigro protocol based on my stage (IIIa). Keep us posted. Take care. Marilyne
Standard Nigro Protocol is Mitomycin on days 1 and 29, 5-FU days 1-4 and 29-32 (weeks 1 and 5). This is all in the NCCN guidelines @ www.NCCN.org. Each individual's case may be different and therefore their doctor may do things differently. However, most people I know through this forum and two forums who have had Nigro get the above chemo as outlined in the guidelines.
Had my last treatment July '09 I had mitomycin first day of treatment and 96 hrs of 5 fu then on the 5th week of treatment mitomycin again and 96 hrs of 5 fu I had 32 days of radiation my last CT was NED seems most have mitomycin twice.
I had mytomycin and 5fu the first week and the fifth week.
I only received mytomicyn the first round this is the protocol that it is administered once in the very beginning.My blood counts were fine. The only other thing they had told me from the beginning was that depending on how I responded I could receive the 5-FU one more time at the very end of my radiation. I did not need that though and never have heard anyone who has needed it. I don't feel that giving the 5-FU for a third time is protocol, I sometimes think that was just my ono's way of assuring me that he did have more plans then just one.
I also had mytomicyn on the first day of week 1 and then again on week 5. My oncologist told me the original Nigro protocol was only the first day and it has been tweeked through the years for better out ocmes.
first week and fifth week. Like Marilyne, I had severe dehydration at the end of treatment. Spent two days in the onc's office for fluids. Never thought about it being the Mytomycin just figured it was cumilative effects of the radiation. Interesting.
Hi Joanne - hope you are doing well, how are things going?
I assume it was the Mito because when I was put in the hospital, my oncologist said "okay, this one is my fault" -- my two oncologists are these two tiny, powerhouse women and whenever I would mention a symptom they would either blame one another or take onus of responsibility on themselves especially when my onc mentioned it was her fault when I was in the hospital. I just assumed then it was the mito or 5FU or a combination of the two the second time around and when I mentioned the leg/hip pain my rad onc would say it was her fault (radiation issues). Since we both had issues the second time, maybe it is the Mito? Just a guess on my part. Marilyne
I didn't have Mito. But know of two people (outside of this forum) who were scheduled for Mito twice during treatment but could only take it once due to their reaction to it. I had Cisplatin, once a week for 6 or 7 weeks and 5 FU 120 hours a week for 7 weeks. Sometimes the pump would only get to 98 hours or so because of the time of my appt on Friday to have it taken off. But it didn't seem like a big deal to them at the time and they let me slide.
I had 1 myto infusion on the 1st day of chemo along with the 96 hour 5FU pump. My onc said that myto is very toxic, so I would only receive 1 infusion of it. On the 2nd cycle of chemo I only had the 96 hour 5FU. Lori
Thanks for straightening me on that Martha. I always get them confused. My sis is only having the Myto once. Looks like it can go both ways. It wasn't because of her blood tests. That's the choice the doc made for her.
He can get his finger around her tumor now (which he couldn't do before) & it is getting soft in the middle ready to crumble so I guess things are moving along. She has done fairly well....some nausea off & on, mouth sores but holding up pretty good. Next week is her 6th wk so we'll see.
Hope you are all taking care of yourselves. You are all in my prayers. Hope the holiday is good to you.
It sounds like the tumor is definitely responding to the treatment--so glad to hear that! I'm glad she is fairing pretty well with the side effects. She is almost through with treatment, but as we know the last week is the worst. I hope it goes well for her and that her recovery is quick. Please keep us posted!