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I'm 77 yrs. old and have just been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, Stage 3a/3b.  I have a large tumor 

and some affected nodes in my right lung.  I'm starting radiation and chemo therapy (carbo/taxol) next week.

I'm feeling very fatigued and strange right now.  Is this from the secretions of the tumor?

Has anyone experienced severe constipation from this treatment?  If

so, how did you handle it?  


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Hi Boomer,

I’m sorry you’re not feeling great.  None of us do in the initial treatment phase.  This is the point where we learn to become patients in that we have to report everything to the doctor, we are not complaining but informing the medical team about symptoms that can be managed. 

Constipation and fatigue are quite common, for me Miralax did the trick.  As for the fatigue, I tried to walk as much as I could working up to one mile, then two.  One of our members @Opal coined the term “motion is lotion” so try to keep moving as best as you can.  Hang in there! 


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