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12 years 2 months ago #7272 by wendy
Hi,

I'm sorry to hear you've had a rough time with infections post-op...but like Zach said if you are infection free right now there's no reason to expect to become ill like that again from chemo. Yes, it might happen but no guarantee.

Keep us posted.
Wendy

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12 years 2 months ago #7262 by Zachary

I'm worried about reoccuring infections once the treatment starts and my immune system goes haywire.

Any experience out there that will help me make the decision to start now or wait until I'm more sure about the infections?


Are you having infections right now? If not, I'm not sure how waiting will make you more sure about them. Believe me, they will be monitoring you very closely. In my case, I missed a couple of treatments because my blood numbers weren't good enough, even though I felt okay and wanted to go through with them.

Afterthought--this thread should be moved somewhere more appropriate than "chit chat."

After-afterthought--I was also very worried about infections. This was mostly from my reading about all the bad things that could happen. I actually bought a new electric razor so I could avoid having to use blades. My oncologist set me straight, and told me just to live as normally as possible, and that my fears were exaggerated. They were. I had no problems with infections, and the chemo went by pretty quickly. You can read about it by clicking the link in my signature.
I sat next to a guy who was having his first session. He was a strong ex-marine. By the time the oncology nurse got through telling him all the side effects--nausea, fatigue, hair loss--that he *might* experience, this strong, powerful guy was ashen and pessimistic. He was crumbling right before my eyes. And he hadn't even had so much as a band-aid put on him yet. Focus on the good chemo will do, and how short a time you'll have to go through it.

It won't be nearly as bad as you're thinking it will be.

Final afterthought, I promise. Get an ipod and get some audio books from audible.com. You'll have several hours of peace and quiet--well, relatively--to listen to them. There are worse ways to spend an afternoon.

Zach

"Standing on my Head"---my chemo journal
T3a Grade 4 N+M0
RC at USC/Norris June 23, 2006 by Dr. John Stein

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12 years 2 months ago #7240 by yoopersouth
I had a RC-neobladder operation May 17,2007. Had complications afterward with some hospital-related infections. Now, as my 3rd month anniversary quickly approaches, I'm being told that chemo has to be started almost immediately. In other words, to be effective, :-\treatment must start within 3 months post-operation. I'm worried about reoccuring infections once the treatment starts and my immune system goes haywire. Also concerned about the message given by the oncologist that "relapse might be slowed but life span won't be increased". ???

Any experience out there that will help me make the decision to start now or wait until I'm more sure about the infections?

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