Chemotherapy... Thoughts?

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  1. michael.e

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    And latest responses.. thank you so much for the offers and positive vibes. When I can get a moment when I can collect my thoughts enough, I plan to reach out.
     
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    Prayers sent your way.
     
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    That is interesting.
    Thanks for thinking of us and the information you've replied with, but know we're all thinking of you.
    You'll come of this healthy and happy and ready to kick another 50 years!

     
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    No experience with it, but I don't wish it upon anyone. Good luck to your recovery.
     
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    Thanks my friend.. I will know that I am on the road to recovery when I am stage diving and moshing the pit the next time "X" rolls through town!
     
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    So can some talk about a chemo “port”? Evidently that is what I’m going to have. I think it’s better to post the info here than instead of PM. The more that know this info, the better.
     
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    If your tumor is at 10cm from anal verge, you should not have a colostomy for the rest of your life.
    You should be reconnected and have an ileostomy for a couple of months.
    Get a second surgical opinion if that's what your surgeon is planning.
     
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    There are 2 types: a Port-a-Cath or a PICC-line.
    Both are done by radiologists.
    Both are there for the duration of your treatments (months) and need care by nurses (nothing to really worry about.
    Better than have the nurses trying to find a vein at every chemo treatment.


     
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    I place those. PM me if you want. Very simple procedure done with moderate sedation. It will make treatment much easier. I would definitely get a port if I were getting chemo. Procedure takes
    About 20 mins and you go home an hour after when the medication wears off. It can be used immediately afterwards.
     
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    Thanks so much for this info. The surgeon covered it as one of the variables. She is not bent on one direction. It is in a dicey spot evidently and that the tumor is very close to the “outer casing” of the rectum is cause for concern as well. Thanks for chiming in.
     
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    I’m such a wuss with getting poked.. I am going to find out today if I need one. My treatment is one 3 hour session every 3 weeks supplemented with chemo pills. With that kind of schedule, do these units typically go in?
     
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    I’m going in for my first session this morning. In the Infusion Center waiting room right now. Took my anti nausea med and am going to drink as much water as possible for the next few days. A TON of info to digest and I’m having a hard time with memory as it is these days. With my condition I am getting chemo/radiation/surgery. Surgery looks to be about 9 months away. I will keep chronicling here. This is important info to digest as many of us here are in this demographic or coming up on it.
     
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    My dad had a few methods of chemo administration, with varying degrees of discomfort. He said that the port hurt the most the day it was put in but after that it was by far the easiest and most comfortable.
     
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    Good luck, I don't know you at all but I hope you pull through this.
     
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    Yeah. Will make it easier for lab draws too. Don’t forget they will have to monitor your blood chemistry closely while on treatment to follow renal function, liver function and overall blood counts. Infusion of meds is only one reason to get the port.
     
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    Praying for you man!
     
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    A port may be in my future. I’m getting my chemo right now and I’m having a hell of a time. I can keep mostly calm but I’m kind of freaking out in my head. I’m usually bad with needles as it is but this business is a whole other level. Feeling the fluid enter my arm and then body.
     
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    Not much to add Michael, except to say I've enjoyed your contributions here and will be pulling for you. Thank you for sharing.
     
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  20. Bob Maximus

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    my wife just said, “get a medi-port”. She also said that the chemo is caustic to the veins. As I mentioned earlier, she’s been there. She is an operating room nurse.
     

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