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    Hi guys anyone had heart racing after bleomycin? Apparently a known side effect as we have learnt today...

  • #2
    I had elevated pulse rate all through chemo. I was always near the upper bounds where they would deny treatment....but I never crossed it. I can't remember if the upper bound rate was 90 it 100 beats/minute.

    It's common to experience this. Just need to stay on top of it like everything else.

    - Matt
    March 4th 2014: [AFP = 2.5; bHCG = 6; LDH = 618]
    March 13th: Left IO 100% Classic Seminoma
    6.3 x 5.1 x 3.8 cm, no invasion of anything
    LDH never fully normalized
    Stage: IS
    Watchful Waiting
    May 1st: promoted to Stage IIB with two PET active tumors in the para-aortic lymph nodes 2.5 & 2.4 cm
    May 12th: started 3xBEP
    Neupogen during Cycle 2 and 3
    July 8th: Last Bleo shot of Cycle 3 -- chemo completed !
    August 4th: Post Chemo CT/PET scan
    September 4th: Port removed
    Jan 9th 2019: 4.5 YEARS ALL CLEAR !


    • #3
      Huh only after first cycle I had abnormal blood pressure 150/110,120 pulse.My normal is 90/50,60 pulse.
      On left testicle.It was removed.Diagnose: malignant Sertoli–Leydig cell tumour in stage 3.I had mets in lymph,liver and lungs.I had 4xBEP.All cleared after that.Third month in remission.


      • #4
        My heart would race periodically throughout chemo, I was told it was the steroids they give to control nausea.
        Jan, 1975: Right I/O, followed by RPLND
        Dec, 2009: Left I/O, followed by 3xBEP


        • #5
          How was his blood pressure and did they need to give him any extra IV fluids on the bleomycin day? If your blood pressure is low the heart rate will elevate to compensate for it. Just another thought to add.

          Oct. 2005 felt lump but waited over 7 months.
          06.15.06 "You have Cancer"
          06.26.06 Left I/O
          06.29.06 Personal Cancer Diagnosis Date: Got my own pathology report from medical records.
          06.30.06 It's Official - Stage I Seminoma
          Founded the Testicular Cancer Society
          6.29.13 Summited Mt. Kilimanjaro for 7th Cancerversary

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          • #6
            Thank you all for your responses. Hi Matt, did they give you the meds to bring the pulse rate down? Hi Mike, now that I think about it there was one extra fluid, not a lot, as both bleo and the fluid were done in half an hour. The blood pressure was OK before the chemo. We didn't take the blood pressure at home afterwards when the heart rate went up. I think the pulse was over a 100... Hi Dave, not sure if they are giving Joe steroids, I will ask. Hi Rudachenko, it helps to know that other people also experienced it.