Category Archives: chemo side effects

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befriend ginger for chemo-induced nausea

Ginger was at the top of my grocery list throughout my treatment cycles with  chemo. I had every form of it from fresh ginger to ground to various teas to ginger snaps. It works for me, and I will stock … Continue reading

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DCIS: early detection poses challenges

The challenge for diagnosing early stage breast cancer, specifically, ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, is prompting new requirements for pathologists reading results of breast cancer diagnostics. Prone to error: earliest steps to find cancer, by Stephanie Saul, New York … Continue reading

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what happened to my taste buds

nasty metal mouth attacks food once delicious now mouthful of dirt ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦ One of the side effects that has grown progressively worse is the deadening of my sense of taste. Of the … Continue reading

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chemo break has benefits

brief break from chemo many dwindling side effects touch of ecstasy ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦     ♦ What a nice change. I have missed two Fridays of chemo to give me a chance to get my flu … Continue reading

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advanced cancer: thriving

One part of this disease that is overwhelming is the way it demands your attention. After your doctor tells you that you have cancer, curable or incurable, you never really stop thinking about it. I shuffle it to the back … Continue reading

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neutropenia: avoiding high risk foods

My cold is still hanging, but I’m coping. Weakness is keeping me home and making me sleep as soon as I sit down to relax. As soon as I’m done working for the day, I lie down and nap for … Continue reading

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Taxol, Avastin: side effects sublime

I don’t know whether it’s the combination of the two drugs or what, but the side effects from this regimen seem to be competing for my attention. The retching from the nausea woke me up this morning. I have tender, … Continue reading

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neuropathy: CIPN, chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy

I keep forgetting to talk about this: chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. I have had some neuropathy in my big toes since my back pain became severe last year, so some of it has just continued as I’ve gone into chemo. … Continue reading

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Avastin®, bevacizumab, a monoclonal antibody

I’ve been doing homework on my new therapy drug: Avastin®, or bevacizumab, which was originally used for colorectal and small cell lung cancers. In 2008 it was approved for treatment of metastatic breast cancer. Unlike chemo drugs that target the … Continue reading

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Taxol side effects

I can really feel the change of chemo to Taxol®. Fatigue. Shooting pains to the muscles and joints–one minute, it’s in my left shoulder, and the next it’s in the middle of the ribs in my back or my foot. … Continue reading

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Carboplatin® reaction: chemo 2.5.1 and transfusion

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We started out with blood tests, because this was my return to chemo following the one-week break. Findings: white blood cells low but still chemo worthy and red blood cells low: time for another transfusion and then chemo. The anemia … Continue reading

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chemo brain

Before you start reading, please take a moment to answer: Have you ever heard of chemo brain?(trendsPollDaddy) A term that you may begin to hear after you have had chemo for a while is chemo brain. Most of the time … Continue reading

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itching theory tested: results are in

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If you read about my itching episodes a few weeks back, you’ll know that I was testing Marvin’s theory. Here’s how it has resolved. When the itching started in early July, we had made several guesses based on what was … Continue reading

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can I get swine flu from eating pork

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With the media reporting on the World Health Organization’s classifying the H1N1 virus, also commonly called the swine flu, as a pandemic, many of us are wondering how it affects us. To stay safe, it is probably a good idea … Continue reading

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peach fuzz and false eyelashes

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My hair had already fallen out quite a lot, but then some of it was stubborn enough to stick around and even grow. I have a head full of peach fuzz, which everyone says is quite appropriate for a donnapeach. … Continue reading

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itching theory

I am testing Marvin’s theory on my itching problem. I hope it is something else. After two days, however, it seems to be proving out. I’ll continue today with my avoidance phase and then go to the next step by … Continue reading

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queasy queasy

The roller coaster hit the valley today and stayed there for much of the day. Most of the time I deal with the queasiness with my arsenal of ginger and a few puffs. Today, I ended up taking the  prochlorperazine … Continue reading

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itching

Yesterday I started itching. Itching everywhere. No rash or other symptoms except uncomfortable itching all over–my scalp, my back, my arms, legs, hands, feet. I thought it had gone away today as I spent most of the day without the … Continue reading

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old wife’s tale about chemo

The first time I went through chemo, I heard that if you don’t get violently sick, the chemo is not working. I learned later this is an old wife’s tale. Your body’s reaction to the chemo has nothing to do … Continue reading

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chemo 2.3.2: paying attention

Good blood counts, again, so  I reported for chemo duty today. It was an official holiday for UCI staff, so most offices were closed. It was evident in driving up to Chao as the usual backup of cars at the … Continue reading