I did not have chemo as a PCa treatment but did have it for lung cancer.
Of course the chemical mixture is different but I experieced about
the same side effects as David above.
Loss of lots of body hair and about
half of my head hair which is now a lot thinner. I plugged the shower drain a couple of times.
Severe fatigue and nausea. A few days after the infusion it would hit and I had to go to the center for help a number of times. They have some magical potion that took care of it. They can do a lot of things to relieve the side effects so don't be afraid to ask when things get rough.
Mouth sores. They gave me another magical potion in a bottle that handled it pretty well.
Metallic taste and loss of appetite. Between lung surgery and chemo I lost 30 pounds.
Some nerve damage. It really set my ED recovery from the prostatectomy back to the start. Had the shakes a lot but that has nearly gone away.
The key in getting through chemo is to talk to the oncologist and infusion nurses. Make a list of the side effects he has in order to be prepared for the meetings. They have meds for nearly all the sides - take advantage.
Best of luck to you and him.
Age 76. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06. Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C N0 MX. Gleason 3+4.
50 mg Viagra + .05 cc Trimix = Excellent Results
PSAs from 1/3/07 - 8/02/2010 zero.
Next PSA - July/2011
Lung cancer dxed on 5/16/08. Surgery on 6/25/08 T1N1M0 - Stage IIA Finished 4 cycles of chemo on 11/7/08.
CT scans on 12/2/08 - 12/22/09 - in remission!!!
Next scan in August 2010.Biker90's Journeyhttp://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jimrobinson
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."
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