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My wife's starts chemo next week.

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The Oncologist said it will be 4 rounds. How spread apart are these?  We are set to take a class on Monday to teach us what to expect followed by a financial class. Thanks,Robert.

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They are usually three weeks apart, depending on bloodwork.  If possible ask if the clinic social worker can attend the financial meeting with you as another set of ears.  These appointments can be information overload.  I hope the biomarker tests come in soon.  Best wishes. 

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Hi, Robert. When I had my first round of chemo, I had four treatments with three weeks between treatments. The first treatment will likely not be too bad but pay attention to any side effects your wife has and when she has them. She'll very likely encounter the same effects at about the same intervals each time. I had chemo on Fridays and felt pretty good until Sunday when the steroids wore off. Nausea picked up on Sundays and was pretty rough through Tuesday. By Wednesday, I felt good again. 

Everyone has a different experience with chemo. I suggest that you check out this site run by the Cleveland Clinic. It has great information on what to expect for side effects and suggestions for dealing with them. There's just no reason for anyone to suffer so communicate any concerns to her medical team. I had two anti-nausea meds that I alternated for a few days after treatment. 

We're here for you and your wife so let us know how we can help.

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On 11/13/2019 at 6:46 AM, Rower Michelle said:

Hi Robert,

Just checking in to see how you and your wife are doing?  Let us know when you can. 
 

Michellw

Hi Michelle, thanks for checking on us. We went to the classes and getting insurance approvals but haven't started any treatment yet ,should be soon as we have checked and the insurance has approved everything. The Doctor is going to use Keytruda as one of the treatments. We are just jumping through all the necessary hoops right now so hopefully we start treatments soon.

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Hi Robert, how's it going?  Just wanted to share some tips we learned during my chemo. One, coconut oil was a God send for every skin and scalp issue I've endured. Two, a friend told me to take my antinausea meds beginning the day after chemo continuing for 3 days (wish I had that tip in the beginning). Third, I know it's gonna be a hell of journey and my heart goes out to you both but holding her hand, listening to her and holding her while she cries will help her through this more than you can imagine. 

Prayers and loving wishes to ya both.

 

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On 11/23/2019 at 3:18 PM, Niess said:

Hi Robert, how's it going?  Just wanted to share some tips we learned during my chemo. One, coconut oil was a God send for every skin and scalp issue I've endured. Two, a friend told me to take my antinausea meds beginning the day after chemo continuing for 3 days (wish I had that tip in the beginning). Third, I know it's gonna be a hell of journey and my heart goes out to you both but holding her hand, listening to her and holding her while she cries will help her through this more than you can imagine. 

Prayers and loving wishes to ya both.

 

Thanks Niess, I have coconut oil that I use to treat my dog with dry skin. 1st round of chemo was yesterday 11/25/19 and of this morning zero side effects. As for the support, I have done that for the last 37 years. Thanks for the good wishes & tips and I hope your road down this journey is a positive one.

 

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Thanks Robert. I'm hoping for the smoothest rounds of chemo possible and a positive reaction to the meds.

You're a brave and flat out good guy for being so supportive. People may think it's just a normal obligation of marriage but with-standing all the ups and downs during this journey takes strength and so much love. I've seen spouses not handle it so we'll and God bless 'em as overwhelm really did a number on 'em.

Please remember to take care of and love  yourself too and give yourself breaks.

My hats off to ya kind sir and my husband and I are sending prayers and well wishes to both of you.

Please keep posting updates.

 

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