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    My husband is finished with the EP part of his 3xBEP.

    He has his two Bleo's left this week and next.

    I am wondering how long until the side effects subside? The nausea and reflux mostly. The poor guy is still confined to bed because lying down is the only thing that makes him feel even slightly OK. He is pretty down about it all.

    Becki

    Husband Right I/O 09/06
    -70% Embryonal Carcinoma
    -20% Teratoma
    -10% Yolk Sac Tumor
    11/06- lymph nodes 1.8x1.4 and 1.9x1.4
    12/06-PET Scan confirms activity in lymph nodes, lymph nodes 2.2x2.2 and 2.4x2.3
    1/07-Start 3xBEP
    4/07-PET clear, lymph nodes down to 1.1x0.5 and 1.8x1.0
    6/07-lymph nodes 1.2x1.0 and 1.9x.9
    8/07-lymph nodes 1.1x1.0 and 2.0x1.2
    10/07-lymph nodes 2.0x1.5 and 2.7x1.8
    11/07- PostChemo LRPLND-found burnt out teratoma
    11/09-Enlarging lymph node 1.2 cm near renal veins

  • #2
    He should be in fairly good shape within 2 weeks but it can take a few months for the chemicals to flush out of his system.
    Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

    Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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    • #3
      Have you tried prilosec otc? One of the nurses recommended that to my husband and it helped his reflux a lot during chemo.

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      • #4
        We are doing Prilosec OTC...it is helping some.

        Good to hear just two weeks.

        Of course just when he thinks he is feeling better he is taken by suprise by something.

        Just this morning he was talking about how much better he felt. He ate breakfast, said his stomach felt great. Said drinking things felt normal again.

        We got back from Bleo and he vomited every ounce of liquid in his stomach. Poor guy. The he was talking about how he didn't understand how he could throw up so much when he didn't even feel nauseated.

        I reminded him he was on Kytril and Compazine....that is why he didn't feel it.

        Glad to hear it will get better fairly soon.

        Becki

        Husband Right I/O 09/06
        -70% Embryonal Carcinoma
        -20% Teratoma
        -10% Yolk Sac Tumor
        11/06- lymph nodes 1.8x1.4 and 1.9x1.4
        12/06-PET Scan confirms activity in lymph nodes, lymph nodes 2.2x2.2 and 2.4x2.3
        1/07-Start 3xBEP
        4/07-PET clear, lymph nodes down to 1.1x0.5 and 1.8x1.0
        6/07-lymph nodes 1.2x1.0 and 1.9x.9
        8/07-lymph nodes 1.1x1.0 and 2.0x1.2
        10/07-lymph nodes 2.0x1.5 and 2.7x1.8
        11/07- PostChemo LRPLND-found burnt out teratoma
        11/09-Enlarging lymph node 1.2 cm near renal veins

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        • #5
          Just knowing you don't need another round improves your general feeling of well being.
          Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

          Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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          • #6
            Welcome to the Home Stretch

            My chemo effects began to subside within a week or so of the last EP week.

            It takes a while (30-60 days) to feel "normal", but the worst is behind you now.

            Congratulations on the completion of a brutal treatment. Tell him to hang in there, better days ahead!!
            Stage III Non-Seminoma- 7/11/06
            Right I/O 7/12/06
            Completed 4x BEP 11/06
            Bi-Lateral RPLND (Dr. Shenifeld)- 11/27/06
            Surveillance since then

            When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.
            Lance Armstrong.

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            • #7
              I'm two and a half weeks past chemo now and the symptoms are really down. I occasionally will still get hit with a wave of nausea out of the blue and my stomach will sieze up, but no vomiting for a week. My taste buds are coming back and I'm back to eating just about anything I want now. And digestion seems completely on track.

              Prilosec really worked for my acid reflux and I'm still taking it. I'll drop it sometime soon, but I'm just a little nervous about it.

              When he goes off the anti-nausea medications, a home remedy that worked wonders for me was about 8 ounces of club soda and about eight drops of Angora Bitters (which are available at liquor and grocery stores.) There's a tiny amount of alcohol in it and it doesn't taste great, but from the first sip it would calm my stomach. I'd drink it in the evening and it worked wonders.

              Believe it or not, physical exercise also seems to really help. We're moving to a new facility where I work and I spent a couple days slinging boxes around and felt better than I have in a long time. My wife said she could smell that some of the stuff was leaching out in my sweat, but it really felt wonderful.

              Take care.

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