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Fasting during chemo

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Ali50harg
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Re: Fasting during chemo

Hi everyone 

Glad everything seems ok JacqB. Hope things continue over the days to come.

 

Bit of a setback for me yesterday as I had a reaction to the EC and they had to stop treatment. I had a reaction last time but this one was more severe. The oncologist came to see me and explained this was potentially dangerous so obviously I was gutted. However, my disappointment was short lived as he said there were lots of different chemo they could give me. So I’m going to have Docetaxel and cyclophosphamde instead which he explained is actually stronger but they are happy to give this as I was so well after my first cycle of EC. I’m having it on Tuesday so will have to start taking steroids on Monday morning. 

Once again, I’ve fasted for 2 days for no reason but do not feel downhearted. My husband is concerned about my weight so I am going to have a no carb lunch on Monday and fast until wed night. I note that others have had good results from fasting for a shorter time so will let you know how I go on.

Have  a lovely weekend x

JacqB
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Re: Fasting during chemo

Quick update
Day 1: I’m receiving Docetaxel, cyclophosphamide, pertuzamab, Trastuzumab. No problem with infusion. Diahrroea during night, took a couple of Imodium - sorted!
Day2: Feel fine, a. Little tired, no nausea.
Day 3: Well enough to go to Tesco! A little tired after so a nice nap in the afternoon.
Day 4: Today I feel a little under the weather but still no nausea which is great. Hoping to go to the pub later for my dads 75th. First time out in my wig! Eeek!
Still very little appetite and everything tastes weird but all in all not too bad. I start GCSF injections today to avoid neutropenia so we will see how that goes.
😊
ktk
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Re: Fasting during chemo

Thank you both. To be honest I am still a bit in denial. I feel well and it seems weird to be doing something that will make you feel so ill! Hopefully reducing the carbs will help and I will take your advice not to eat on chemo day at least. Good luck with your treatment. I look forward to reading your updates. Xx
JacqB
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Re: Fasting during chemo

Thank you Ali50harg
Chemo went well yesterday, still no nausea which I am so thankful for. Good luck for tomorrow.
Jacq x
Ali50harg
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Re: Fasting during chemo

Hi ktk 

enjoy your celebration meal and good luck with chemo.

Ali x

Ali50harg
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Re: Fasting during chemo

Hi Jacq 

really sorry to hear you’ve been ill: Sounds like you’ve made a good recovery though. Hope chemo went well today and look forward to an update. My next chemo is Friday so started my fast today in preparation. Will let everyone know how it goes. 

Regards Ali x

JacqB
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Re: Fasting during chemo

Hi, enjoy your celebration meal. Maybe try to fast on chemo day and drink lots of water. I definitely believe that having an empty stomach makes nausea less of a problem. Also I took my steroids on an empty stomach and had no problems. Hope all goes well for you.
ktk
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Re: Fasting during chemo

Really interested to hear your experiences. I start chemo on Tuesday and have cut down on carbs big time. Unfortunately Monday is my birthday and my sons last a level exam so we will be going out for a meal to celebrate. Can’t be a party pooper so will suck it up this time and look to fast next time. Kx
JacqB
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Fasting during chemo

Chemo round two today. Again in a fasted state as my side effects after round one were minimal and easily managed. No nausea, which is great. Had a bit of a set back as I developed neutropenia requiring a four day stay in hospital and lots of IV antibiotics. This made me feel dreadful, far worse than chemo. Dosages have been tweeked for today and I will need the GCSF injections 😟. Really interested to see if the side effects of chemo are worse this time round or as manageable as before. Will update in a few days.