Oct 5, 2012 09:23AM TorchSong wrote:
Everyone has to make their own decision on surgery, etc. My advice is to listen to your surgeon and your gut. If you aren't sure if you trust your docs, get that second or third opinion until you find someone you trust.
Chemo regimens vary depending on the cancer itself, your own health going in, and other things. There isn't one cookbook "correct" chemo to take--there are guidelines, and the pages on this site that talk about the different regimens are really helpful.
Chemo is different for everyone partly because the mix is different, depending on where you are and other medical conditions you might have. Also, people react differently--the same chemo drug might give one woman the heaves, another one doesn't feel anything, and another person might be in the hospital.... I think it tends to follow the pattern a person has in reacting to other meds and life in general--I rarely get sick to my stomach with colds or flu, and I had very little nausea or digestive problems with chemo. On the other hand, I always have trouble with my mouth--braces, cavities, bad teeth--and had terrible trouble with oral thrush during chemo.
Hope this helps! And stay in touch on this site--I don't know how i would have gotten through treatment without it!