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donfoo
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Well gang,

My number is finally being called so Monday morning I begin the induction chemo series. Couple things different is the MO is going to start cycle one with 25% reduction to better ease the side effects and then allow for a 4th cycle if needed to get the full dosage. Other thing different than most is the 5-FU pack is loaded for two days rather than 4 days. He wants me back in after two days so I can be checked and any side effects can be managed on a more timely basis. Swap the back on Wed, then back on Friday to have it removed. Will post as I can. You can also catch the full updates on my blog at http://beatdown.cognacom.com Don

 

TPF

 

 

T Taxotere

 

P cisPlatin

 

F 5-FU

 

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CivilMatt
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Don,

 

Stay ahead of nausea.  If you wait till you feel it, you are behind it.

 

And stay hydrated, always.

 

Good luck,

 

Matt

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Mikemetz
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I had the 3-time cisplatin infusion delivery, so am not familiar with this treatment plan.  Even so, it sounds like a good strategy to take it a bit easier on the first round.

See you on the other side.

Mike

 

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phrannie51
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from me, I'll say "stay ahead of the mouth business".....but maybe 5FU won't hit you as hard as it did me.....John did ok on it, so I'm wishing that for you!!  Two days with the fanny pack sounds to me like the way to go, too....

Take your anti-nausea meds as directed....got that young man?? Laughing  Sounds to me like your Oncologist is taking real good care of you.

p

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donfoo
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I am entering in my medication schedule into google calendar and having that linked to text me with the med I need to take and the time. :-) 

Also thinking of adding recurring alarm events to remind me to take a gulp every x minutes

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Don't forget the meat thermometer for your butt..., LOL.

When they were reading all of the possible side efeects, and stressed to call in anytime your temp reaches 100.5*..Don't wait until in the morning if you get a high temp at night.

I told them I was gonna get one of those electronic meat thermometer's an stick in my butt...No way was I gonna have a high temp un-noticed...LOL.

Sorry about the visual, LOL...

Good luck and I hope your first round was fairly un-eventful.

Stay hydrated, John

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fishmanpa
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Don,

Here's to a smooth journey on calm waters! The big guns are loaded. Fire at will! 

"T"

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fisrpotpe
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steady as it goes, sure hope the plan is a good one for you. 

don't be shy on the fluids. ask for some iv fluids, they were a hurge help for several of my local friends. 

john 

 

katenorwood
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Don,

It sounds like your onc. has an excellant plan for you !  I have no experience personally with chemo...just with my Mother.  Listen and ask the board here, they are all old pro's at it.   (Not calling any body old as in age lol !)  Will be keepinng you in my thoughts and prayers !    Katie

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Skiffin16
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Like mentioned, I didn't have anything significant for side effects compared to many...

EMEND, if t hey have you on that, it's awesome. It's in a three day pack, starting day one just before chemo, and then the next two days. After that Zofran or similar... I never got sick once, felt crappy many times, but not sick.

Also like mentioned, stay basically over hydrated...flushes the system, and will keep you out of the hospital.

Best ~ John

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Tim6003
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and also whispered a prayer you can't find a meat thermometer...lol  :)  Sorry.

 

Keep us posted Don ...we are here for you .

 

John Skiffin...sick my firend, just sick...but boy did I get a laugh!

 

Tim

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Skiffin16
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Abi-Normal...., you are one of the clan, you obviously can relate, LOL...

JG

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donfoo
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Geez. I was down for 8 days. Finally going near 100%, up as fast as I went down. Chemo sucks! My goal is to take one day at a time but I sure hope the second cycle goes down easier. Avoided all the nausea and other major side effects except FATIGUE.

Bit of tinnitus, one minor mouth sore,m and some general scratchy throat. 

 

Great to be alive!

don

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Skiffin16
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More than likely won't be any worse, maybe even a little easier... Although you might start losing some hair somewhere between now and this time during round twwo... If it's like mine, it'll start growing back soon. But it's like going through puberty, LOL...hardly any hair, then really fine, eventually thickening back up (assuming you have hair now, LOL)...Tongue Out

Just when you start feeling really good again, you have to do it over....

But...., just think, as bad as you feel, cancer is getting it's azz kicked 10X worse.

Best ~ John

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