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- 23 Jan 2014 by smileyhappy
- 24 Jan 2014
- cancer, bones, bone, blood
Cancer! I have a new friend that has terminal cancer of the blood and bones. She had had chemo in the past and now she was told that she can have up to two very aggressive chemos to extend her life for up to 10 years.
When she has her first treatment I will be one of the people helping her out. I worked in the health field and so I have seen alot so that is no worry to me. My question is how will she be after the treatment. She said she could be sick vomiting and diarrhea. I know I have to wake her up every hour for 24 hours to drink and void so her kidneys get rid of the chemo. She told me she was told she could be confused. Last time she said she had trouble with perceptions. Just wanted to know what o expect and what needed to be done for her besides being there for her.
Thanks to all!
You're being a wonderful friend, that's for sure. Allot of people run when it gets down to this. When Tom was getting chemo he had some problems with confusing people and stuff but nothing that wasn't easily handled. He had 2 of the chemo agents that are extremely hard on a person. I've never seen anyone get so confused that it became a problem. I was at one time chemo certified and so was doing the chemos in a small town hospital. She probably will have vomiting. They should send a paper home with her how to manage side effects. Tom got zofran and decadon iv before the chemo and it helped that day. He had a script for zofran if he needed it. He didn't need it much. She should probably have immodium handy too. Schweppes ginger ale is great for her to sip on, its good for nausea.
hi Lynne,your going to be like taken care of a grown up person.. But don't stress this. the things your gonns need to do is give meds ,make meals,and help them keep clean. keep a calander or a book of meds given ,food eaten and liquid consumed,to monitor fluids. but the hospital should have someone stopping by.The hospital should give you instructions on her discharge. look into meals on wheels and if you have any questions you have friends here at d.c... pete
Does your friend have multiple myeloma? If so, I also have myeloma and am a 10 year survivor. The 2 years that I received chemo and radiation are a blur because of the pain meds I had to take. The nausea and diarrhea can be managed with meds. Ginger ale and ginger tea, as KM suggested, are very good for nausea. She will need help with nearly everything while she is getting her chemo; bathing, dressing, meal preparation, monitoring her meds, especially the pain meds. This type of cancer is extremely painful, and it is easy to forget that you have already taken your pain meds when you are doped to the gills, yet still having excruciating pain. She will sleep alot, which is her only reprieve from the pain. She will be confused, so will need someone to keep track of her doctor/chemo/radiation appointments. Of course, she will not be able to drive herself anyplace. You, Lynne, are an angel. You have no idea how much she will appreciate your help. She will never forget it either. Oh yeah. If her nausea gets too bad, tell her to ask the doc for Kytril. It is very expensive ($150-$175 per dose) but it is the best anti-nausea med on the market. She can be given a pre-chemo IV cocktail. My "cocktail" contained Kytril, benadryl, Ativan and Decadron. I hope I have helped. Just holler if you have any more questions.
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