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Re: [MOL] chemo for lung cancer/Carol



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----- Original Message -----
From: <KathleenCorrigan@aol.com>
To: <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2000 9:29 AM
Subject: Re: [MOL] chemo for lung cancer


> Dear Carol:  It's difficult for me to pin down exactly which form of chemo
> caused which side effect.  I was on so many.  However, I experienced
blurred
> vision with a halo effect around everything for awhile, extreme fatique,
> agitation, nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, dizziness at times, weakness, loss
of
> appetite, difficulty sleeping, and pain as the tumor was shrinking.  Not
to
> despair, though.  My oncologist made me as comfortable as she could.  She
> gave me Ativan for the agitation, Ambien for sleep, Zophran for the
nausea,
> Loperamide (Imodium) for the diarrhea, and morphine or Darvocet for the
pain.
>  Eventually, the side effects became less severe, and I only suffered for
> four or five days a session.  I drank Ensure Plus every day, lots of
juice,
> and drank gallons of ice water.  My hair fell out, of course, but I had a
> lovely wig.  My hair returned better than ever!  I don't want to frighten
> you, though.  Everyone is different, and you may experience few, if any,
of
> these side effects with a lighter dose of chemo.  Good luck, and let me
know
> if I can do anything more.
>
> Kathy in Idaho
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