Hello, welcome, and sorry you have to be with us. I, too, had A/C and it is the "A" that is red, done as a "push" that is really bad. I was told to drink lots of water, at least 64 oz per day because the Adriamycin can damage kidneys, bladder, etc. My sis has chronic cystitis that she believes is because of Adriamycin. Yes, my port really hurt, I bruised, and I got a sinus infection on top of that. I was sick for about
3 weeks. Your neck will often feel like it has a "catch" in it, but it is better than ruining your veins with that bad stuff.
Your first treatment will tell you how your body will likely react during this time. Eat beforehand, but not heavy foods. Take nausea meds proactively ( I took mine for 3 days after treatment) because you do not want to throw up. Ask for sleep meds because you will be given some cortizone with the A/C. This med will keep you awake that first night. Insist on a sleeping aid. I would take my sleep med around 9 pm and get to sleep around mid-night and sleep for 8 hours. Next, on the 10th through the 14th days (I believe) you are suceptible to infection so stay out of crowds. Try to stay positive and active. Walk, lift light weights, continue with arm exercises if you were given them. Let us hear from you and how you are doing.
PS As for chemo brain, I believe that for you right now the problem is a lot of stress. As a matter of fact, lots of doctors believe chemo brain stems from the stress of having cancer and undergoing treatment, the worry of recurrence, etc. I personally do not know, but I have had a terrible time since I FINISHED treatment, so personally, I am leaning towards stress.
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