I had my first round on Thursday. We had to be in by 9am, we were home by 12.30. Not sure if that’s normal!
Thank you to all that have replied, much appreciated. 1st session took about 1 1/2 hours, nurse sat with two syringes of pink gunk at the start then it was on to a pump for the remaining drugs and more ' salt water', initially felt OK, a little tearful, but then had to wait 3 further hours for transport to collect me, during which time I was a sweaty person, good to finally reach home. Side effects not great but with one step at a time it will hopefully be worth it.
Aw bless you! I had EC and as it was/ is so thick and nasty it has to be put in by a nurse who sat with me. You are on a drip by the sound of things, and it can only go in at a set rate. Also, I took my next lot of anti sick meds home with me, so was able to take them 1 hour before going in for the next chemo. Speeded things up no end. Get assertive, girl, and get them on the hop!!! 💪 X
I wish mine was a couple of hours, My 3rd is next week and I seem to spend most of the day waiting while nurses, chat between themselves, leave me sitting while they have coffee breaks etc.
Last visit I was there for 6 hours, most of it was spent waiting whilst listening to the drip beeping and beeping as bags empty. I waited a hour between anti sickness drugs and the actual chemo, then was told they needed a coffee break
Hi H, just seen this, so it's probably all done now? Hope it went ok for you. I had a Hickman line in, so it only took about an hour all told. Weighing me, mixing infusion, getting it in. Take ALL your meds, especially pain ones. Don't wait until you are in pain, or feel sick. Keep on top of it all. Good luck. X
Try joining the May monthly chemo thread, as there are other ladies on there who are also just starting chemo.
Best wishes for today xx
Sorry only just seen this and you are probably having the treatment now! You can expect to be there for about 3 hours add a bit if you are cold capping.
You will not feel bad right away - but a few hours later you might be feeling sick. Take any medication they give you and if you are sick (as opposed to feeling sick) they can give you a better but more expense drug but they don't give them out in case you are able to cope without.
Don't worry about it - plenty of us have been through chemo and we are still here. It is uncomfortable at times but soon over.
Please can anyone tell me how long the first administration of FEC-T takes? How long where you in the chemotherapy department?