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The Economist magazine, in its September 16 issue focuses its Technology Quarterly on diagnosing and treating cancer. AND it features in each article a woman from Massachusetts, Diane Milley, walking the reader through each phase of her diagnosis and treatment for advanced lung cancer.
The articles are very up-to-date, clear and informative. It's good to see "our" cancer getting some attention, rather than it all going to cancers that are less prevalent and less deadly. (Don't get me wrong, I'm not opposed to attention given those, also, since I've had two of them. )
I had taxoterre along with carboplatin for a non-lung cancer. in 2011 It wasn't pleasant, but I got through it OK. I had some side effects. I'n not sure whether they were from the taxo, the carbo, or the combinaiton. I developed some neuropathy in my feet after the first round. I still have some, but it has subsided over the years and is not a problem unless I wear tight shoes. Then my toes will hurt after a few hours. I also had severe anemia which resolved with a transfusion. Also neutopenia, low neutrophils (white blood cells that fight infection.}
Be sure to ask your doctor or oncology nurse about neutropenia precautions, You'll probably be told that ANY fever during chemo should be treated as a medical emergency, because you can be quickly overwhelmed by infection, After my neutropenia, I was put on neupogen after each round of chemo and it didn;t recur.
I had hair loss. Oh well, it's only hair. I got a wig but didn't like it. I bought a bunch of cute hats and scarves.
This may all sound unpleasant. But it was worth it because now I'm NED (no evidence of disease) on that cancer which was Stage 3 and aggressive. BTW, also NED on my more recent lung cancer. I feel well and have good quality of life.
All chemo is scary, I think, and especially one you haven;t had before, But hang in there, you can do it!
Best wishes to you.