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Tomorrow is the big day that I start chemo. My nerves ate starting to get the best of me. Any last minute tips for a first timer?

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 7 years
 
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Gina, You WILL BE OK! You are nervous because you have no idea what's up with the appointment. My sessions were always about two hours. The port makes it much easier. I did not have any numbing cream but I don't remember it ever being painful. They run saline to clear your line, and a bit of Heperan (sp) to keep it from clotting. I got a metalic taste but that went away. They bring in your "Recipe" in bags, hang them on a "tree" and start running it. At some point, they bring in a HUGE syringe of "red stuff" and inject it into your line. You feel nothing. I always asked them questions, not out of fear but genuine interest. Bring your electronic gadgets with you, your phone, a great book, snacks, water, etc. I would fall asleep because they gave me some kind of additive that made me sleepy. (they probably just wanted to shut me up for a while) Honestly, I looked forward to my appointments because each one meant I was another step closer to being done. I made friends of the staff, looked foward to seeing them and talking. The same with the patients. I never found it to be a bad experience. I would much rather have been playing with my horses but try to "make lemonade" out of your chemo appointments! Hang in there Gina, you will be ok. Take care, Sharon
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  • jacqueline ortega Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Keep mouth cold, laugh and wear some makeup and feel cute.
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  • Karen G Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I had my first one a week ago Thursday. I was also really nervous but at the end of the day I had to say it wasn't so bad. If you have a port it also makes it easier just make sure to use the Emla cream to numb it. They have me a Saline Drip first. Than I got my premeds a Steroid, Emend (for Nausea) and Pepcid to coat your Stomach before the Chemo drugs go in. I am on the AC T regimen so the nurse pushed the Adriamycin in while I sucked on an ice pop to prevent mouth sores. After that they gave me the Cytoxin through the IV bag. You don't feel any of this going in. I was there for 5 hours but it usually is supposed to take 3-4. Bring some snacks and a light lunch with you and a water bottle (drink a lot to flush out the drugs). I brought a book with me but was too nervous to read. My husband came with me too only because it was my first time and I was scared. Before you know it it is over. Hope this helps.
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    • gina richardson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks! That helps a lot. I am on the AC now T later regim also. They did not give me a cream for my port but I will ask. They told me tomorrow should take 2 hours. I hope so. When I get T later I will also get Herceptin. They said that...

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      Thanks! That helps a lot. I am on the AC now T later regim also. They did not give me a cream for my port but I will ask. They told me tomorrow should take 2 hours. I hope so. When I get T later I will also get Herceptin. They said that will take longer. Thanks again.

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  • susan Richmond Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Good luck!!!!
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  • Morgan Moser Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Good luck tomorrow! I'll be thinking about you!
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    • gina richardson Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks do much Morgan! Hope all is well with you. Please keep me posted.

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  • Maria Torstensson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Dear Gina, don't worry. The nurses will take good care of you. It doesn't hurt and I did'nt feel anything during invasion. Bring a family member or a friend, when you will feel more comfortable. I was also worried before my first treatment, now I have done four of six. I must say it has been easier than I expected, but that's individual. I wish you good luck. 
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  • anonymous Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 1998
    Good luck and remember it is not as bad as you think. We have all heard horror stories about chemo but they are old stories. Modern medicine is different, much better than years ago. Your doctors and nurses will give you many different medications to sooth effects from the chemo. Some will be in the Iv others will be meds that you take at home. Follow the advice of the medical staff and ask lots of questions they will calm your fears. Chemo was my biggest fear of all and it was ok. After my 1
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  • anonymous Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 1998
    After my 1st treatment I new everything was going to be ok. The only thing that bothered or upset me after that 1st day was the loss of my hair. That was tuff but I was able to deal with it by using a wig and making myself look pretty. Be good to your self plan something special the day before, like buying something you really want or having lunch with a special friend. I say the day before because you will need to rest the day after. This is the time to treat yourself like a queen. God Bless
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    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    You will be ok I was nervous too, It went so quick, I was sitting there waiting too get sick, And nothing happen I went home waiting too get sick and nothing happen I waited 2 more days and never got sick.. Think Positive
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  • Traciann brundage Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Bring a lot of fluids and food to eat . And someone or something to read . It's not bad . Take your meds on time
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  • Kelly Lesko Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had my first chemo treatment last Monday. This was the same day I had my port put in. I was very nervous about chemo but, like others said, it wasn't bad at all. I slept a lot of the time and watched tv. The nurses are wonderful and explained everthing as they did it. You will be very well taken care of. You can do this!! Best wishes tomorrow!
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  • Brenda  Hawkins  Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    Hi Gina.... My first day was the most emotional time of my journey. I was finally starting the steps to prevent the reoccurrence of cancer. I cried...was hugged by my best friend and my nurse. The port was a nonissue and continues to be a great way to be infused. I got through it and so can you. God bless and keep us informed! Brenda
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  • Lisa Doheny Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    Bring a blanket I always got very cold during the treatments
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  • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2009
    One of my treatments took 1 to 2 hours and the other took 2 to 3 hours. Most times I brought my MP3 player listened to music and snoozed. All the other ladies are right, it is scary. But you will become familiar with your nurses and other patients and it will all go ok. Good luck.
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  • Sarah Covell Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I never got sick either...just drink lots and lots of water! That was the best advice I got and I believe it really helped. Watch movies or read books that make you laugh...keeping your sense of humor is the most important thing on this journey. And when you're tired, take a nap :-)) Be good to yourself and before you know it, you'll be on the flip side ;-))
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  • nicola thomas Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    How did it go ?!
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