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   Posted 7/18/2005 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
it's me with a question. I've tried looking thru old posts for any info on questions I may have so I don't have to ask so many, but I can't always find everything.
Anyway, my surgeon said that I will probably have 4-6 cycles of chemo approx 3-4 weeks apart. I think she told me what it meant, but I don't think I got it. Does anyone here understand this terminology better. Will I be getting chemo more than once a week, then 3-4 weeks apart?

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   Posted 7/18/2005 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
This means you will do a total of 4 - 6 treatments and they will be 3 - 4 weeks apart. Only 1 treatment then a 3 - 4 week break. My doctor normally does treatments every 4 weeks, but I asked to do it every 3 weeks so I could be done quicker. I'd suggest just seeing how you do. Gearing up for the 1st on is definitely hardest, because of the fear of the unknown, but the treatment itself is really not bad. I usually started feeling "queasy" about 36 hours after my treatment. Keep us posted!

Do not go gentle into that goodnight,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
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   Posted 7/19/2005 3:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Julie said it all.  I had three weeks in between, and my queeziness started about 36 hours aftewards too.  Kytrill helped that tremendously! 

Keep us posted

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   Posted 7/19/2005 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Katt-
You may want to ask the oncologist some of these questions. The surgeon is not going to be prescribing nor monitoring your chemo and it sounds like you are getting confusing information from the surgeon. It is hard, with so many doctors involved, but it is important to try and stick with the right doc for the right part of your care.

Chemo regimens vary, mine was one dose, with the next ones 3 weeks later. Some get them after 2 weeks now (under newer protocols) and other chemos have 4 weeks in between. Even others may have 2 weeks of oral meds and 2 weeks off, so there is a pretty wide range out there.

What chemo are you doing? That may help answer some questions.

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   Posted 7/19/2005 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning,I was so scared for my first treatment too.I felt like i was going to be poisened,and i wrote to these nice ladies on this site and one of them told me when i get chemo treatments just to think of  the little pacman(game)scooping up all the cancer cells in my body and it worked every time i thought of that i laughed and pictured the little pacman going to town on those nasty cells.anything that helps you through your journey grab onto it and dont let go.You can do this,I have one treatment left and with prayer and a possitive mind im making it through this.Hugs....Tammy

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   Posted 7/19/2005 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
OOPS!!!! I meant to put this on  the "first chemo treatment" page. It must be that chemo brain kickin in.  Tammy
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