Nov 08, 2013 - 2:12 pm
After small bowel resection to remove the tumor, I began FOLFOX chemotherapy last week. Even though I was diagnosed at Stage 2 and the surgeon was pleased with the surgery and lack of evidence of cancer in the lymph nodes and surrounding tissue, there were enough risk factors (including T4 tumor size, partial obstruction, moderately differentiated cells) for them to recommend adjuvent chemotherapy. Right now, my biggest issues after my first treatment have been extreme tiredness, some nausea, and some pretty painful constipation. Also kind of a strange shocking sensation in my jaw the first time I bite something and under my fingernails as my hands fully dry.
Are these normal things to experience during chemotherapy? Should I expect them to get worse or will this remain about the same throughout treatment?
What is the best thing I can do for the constipation? I was given stuff for diarrhea, but not the opposite issue. I'm drinking lots of water and some prune juice, but it's not really helping.
I know it's the million dollar question for everyone, but does anyone have any insight into recurrence? That is my biggest fear throughout all of this, and it's something the doctors are not talking about in detail at this point since I'm being treated with "curative intent." Which is awesome, but it's still something I'm terribly afraid of. What if?
Any experiences you could share about this or FOLFOX would be very much appreciated. Thank you!