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  • Done with 2 cycle wondering about 3rd cycle?

    Doing 3XBEP

    I'm just wondering if the 3rd cycle is worst then the 2nd cycle. My first cycle went all right. Then my second was almost the complete opposite. Just tring to get a heads before I start it on Monday. Any imput would help.

    Right I/O 2/14/06, 3XBEP started 4/3/06 ended 5/29. clear as of 6/12/06. and still clear as of 12/16/2010

  • #2
    Good luck with the 3rd cycle at least it should be all over soon. Really hope it goes ok for you, theres light at the end of the tunnel.
    I start soon on 3 cycles are there any good sites with almost like a diary blog of someone whos been through it? as it will be my first.


    • #3

      Take a look at

      A comprehensive day by day account of chemotherapy for TC, as well as lots of other stuff.

      Good luck with the treatment.......Davie
      Diagnosed March 2006, Stage IIB, 3cm RP mass
      10% Seminoma, 90% Non-Seminoma (Embryonal, and a tiny amount of choriocarcinoma and teratoma)
      Prechemo bHCG-2648, AFP-582
      3xBEP March-June, markers normalised
      3 months postchemo - 1.2cm residual RP mass
      RPLND September 2006 - mostly necrotic tissue plus tiny amount of well differentiated teratoma
      June 2009 - TRT commenced to help out my lefty
      May 2011 - check-up, all clear


      • #4
        I hate to say it, because I am sure that you have already heard it, but it is to each their own. Some people blow through this thing like it is nothing and some just have to deal with never ending side affects. The third cycle for me was the worst of them all, and I don't say that to scare you, but that was the point that my body had enough, so I constantly tasted metal no matter what I did. I got ringing in my ears, which after 3 weeks is still there, and I finally threw up, as I was able to keep it down the rest of the time. The hardest part was to try to keep eating, and drinking water. My wife was constantly harping to drink more, drink more, but I just couldn't force myself to do it, and I think that is why I suffered some of these side affects. The good news is though that you are almost done, and it's three weeks since I finished, and my hair is starting to come back in, and my energy level is starting to come back as well. So my advice is to keep drinking no matter what because if I did it again that is the one thing that I would over do if I could, and keep your head up because your on your way to being cured. Like I had to keep telling my mother, this is a necessary evil, without my future is pretty bleak. So congrats on almost being done and good luck.


        • #5
          Sam, my son Chris had four rounds of chemo, and the third was the hardest. He just was sick of the whole mentally it was rough. He was lucky, never had neuropathy or ringing in the ears, but being stuck over and over with a needle was enough....he had nausea and the metal tasting mouth, but we constantly had him drinking to flush it all out...but here is the good part....that was last year at this hair, no eyebrows, pale, and thin...and now Chris is up at college, finishing exams, playing with a new band and touring this summer, happy and looking like he was never that is what you have to keep your eye on and just finish it up......hope that helps.....Mary Ellen


          • #6
            You can do it! Just keep thinking it will all be over soon enough and you'll be moving on with your life and hopefully sharing your words of encouragement here for anyone new! My husband went through 4 X EP and had a rough time, but he MADE IT and feels fantastic today, only a few short months after the last cycle. Hang tough.



            • #7
              Sam, I've got to say that, strangely enough, my third dose of chemo was the easiest of the lot. I think this was because my doctors were able to give me effective medicine to stop the constipation/oral thrush before it started. I also concentrated very hard on drinking as much fluid as possible, especially during the Cisplatin, so that the side-effects were not as acute. Another big thing about the third dose is that you mentally feel great for doing everything for the 'last time', which helps you to focus more on getting over the physical side-effects.

              All the best of luck for your third dose, I hope you are as fortunate as I was.


              • #8
                my 3rd was easier than the I knew the end was near...

                I'm back to light execise, golf with my 10 year old last soon as they stop the meds, you'll feel better fast...
                - lump first noticed 11/20/2005
                - I/O right Dec 8, 2005
                - 95% embryonal / 5% seminoma
                - normal markers PRE surgery
                - no vascular invasion, tunica free of cancer, epididymis free of cancer, lungs free, lymph free
                - Stage I diagnosis
                - surveillance
                - mid feb '06, beta hcg slightly elevated = 4.6...small enlarged lower node seen on CT scan...
                - 3BEP began feb 20, 2006
                - finished 3 BEP, last bleo, april 17, 2006
                - CT scan, blood markers, chest..all clear
                - back on surveillance