71573members
375491posts
cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

July 2016 starters

OnceWild
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Thanks Taran. Really appreciate the support. It is a tough deal isn't it. X

Taran
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

We all have blue days Oncewild. I have had quite a few this cycle with feeling so rotten, and a bad day yesterday after hearing that someone I didn't even personally know had passed away. It was just enough to make me question my own mortality 😔 Coming home from holiday is enough to make anyone feel blue, so I think it's inevitable that returning to the reality of cancer and chemo is going to make you feel that way. Just trust that tomorrow will be a brighter day, and keep dreaming of your life in the country. Because without dreams we will never achieve anything great. Sending lots of love xx
OnceWild
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Feeling blue today. Think it is the build up to EC2 tomorrow and packing up to go home from holiday, which I always hate. Have had a wonderful week though the big C hasn't been far away, intruding into my thoughts and throwing up uncertainties about the future. Hubby and I have a long held plan to settle in the country once the smalls are independent and staying in this great cottage in a perfect location in God's own country has made us yearn all the more. A few months ago I could dive right into the dream but now I am so aware that I just don't know what the future holds. Sorry for sharing my blues but am guessing we all have dark moments. Will give myself a virtual slap and snap out of it and face the packing! And hoovering up all my sheddings! 

Sue H-S
Community Champion

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi Alex2016,

Thank you so much for your comments - they really are appreciated, despite making me feel quite embarrassed. Cat Embarassed I am trying to help, as I am fortunate to have the mental strength to do so - as I think no one should ever have to go through this without a helping hand - even if it is only a virtual one. 

Yes, lol - it is my 'duvet' week - and today, post chemo FEC number 4 - day 7, I am starting to feel normal again, which is a fabulous! I am fortunate with my side effects and seem to have the right meds. Fatigue, unfortunately cumulative - mucositis and now painful veins - is my extent of side effects.

And of course - HOT FLUSHES!

Yes Alex, they did not tell me either. Having 'listened' around - they seem to be made worse by chemo - and it would be natural to experience them now, as our estrogen production - is no longer....

So you may experience them more often and more intense. Unfortunately the 'sweaty' bit is likely on the way further through your chemo treatments. Once past chemo and recovering, they should start to become less frequent and intense - but cannot report on that yet - still got to get there, lol!

I am going to try sage tablets - to see whether they will reduce frequency and intensity - as that seems to be the only thing, apart from layered clothing, natural materials, etc., which we can take, especially if we are either ER+ or PR+. There are likely other challenges moving forwards, but they may be better discussed off forum, lol.

Nausea - discuss now - do not wait, if you can. As far as my understanding - and my own experience goes....

We get given steroids to help our body not to reject the chemo drugs - and we usually take them for a number of days, in conjunction with anti sickness drugs. Some of us take higher doses than others - depending on our individual circumstances.

We may feel nauseous for 2-3 days post chemo treatment day. If is is bad - the question may be, whether they can adjust steroids or give you stronger anti sickness drugs. If you are still struggling with nausea post day 4/5 your anti sickness drugs may need adjusting or you may need something, such as Lansoprazole or similar, additionally, to help your stomach. Lansoprazole is a proton-pump inhibitor which inhibits the stomach's production of gastric acids. Our mucus membrane, which includes mouth and stomach is likely to be comprmised by chemotherapy.

The sooner you can address your challenges, the better it may be for you. Should they refer you 'down the line' it should be ok - as every authority/unit has different ways of dealing with this.

You may also wish to contact your GP and practise. I did before I started chemo - the knowledge of the how/what/why is often sketchy on that level - after all they are general GPs not specialists and very, very busy. It was amusing 'educating' medical staff, lol. However, it gave me a network of support on a very local level - GP, practice nurses and districtas my chemo and treatment units are 30 miles away. Invaluable! I feel so safe and so cared for - despite being very rural and on my own. 

Hugs

Sue xxx

Alex2016
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Sue, I know you are not a Dr ( as you have told me before lol) but advice please.
I am experiencing what I would class as a hot flash, no sweating, just feeling really hot and have to fan myself to cool down. Only lasts a few minutes. This happens throughout the day and wakens me up at least twice a night. As I was premenopausal, is this me now in the menopause and obviously starting off with the milder symptoms? This happened virtually from the first night I had chemo. None of this at all was explained to me by my Treatment Team. I thought it was when I started taking Tamoxifen that the menopause would start.
Also, do you think I should contact Team before next chemo to discuss nausea so they are aware, or is it enough to do on day of chemo. In the Unit I go to you speak with a Nurse first, then you are also seem by one of the Onc Drs. Chemo is then given later that afternoon when it arrives from Pharmacy. I was thinking that that would be enough time to make changes. Maybe not?
Think I have a few questions I need to be asking if them! Might be a good idea if I write a few things down before I go.
Thanks for this.
I hope you're ok. I don't know if this is your duvet week, or your work week. I don't know how you do it. You are an inspiration. And I genuinely mean that, it is not said lightly. X
Sue H-S
Community Champion

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi all,

 

Sleep and steroids - it can hit us all differently - some of us can sleep, and others not. It is very individual and may also depend on type of steroids and dose, as well as how long we take them. 

Hot and cold - some of us develop hot flashes/flushes at this time - and especially if we have an enforced menopause we might have to learn to handle these. For some they may go away again, for others they will stay for quite a while, but may lose intensity post chemo. Clothing made of natural materials and layered will be a great help. The same goes for bedding, too. Natural materials will wick sweat away, dry easier and regulate our temperature better, too. Sage tea may be of help.

Feeling nauseous - should you still struggle 4-5 days post your treatment - it may be a good idea to talk to your BN nurse or treatment team to have your medication adjusted. The first 'chemo run' tends to be a good indication of what side effects we are likely to expect after folwing treatments. So getting your meds adjusted now - may be a really good idea.

Oral hygiene - absolutely vital - our mucus membranes are being compromised by chemo, which can lead to all sorts of unpleasant side effects in our mouths and gullets. Eating chunks of pineapple and/or ice lollies may help, too.

Hugs to all

Sue xxx

 

Alex2016
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Mad hatter, so glad you finally got there! Hopefully you will sail through. I found the first day or two a bit surreal to be honest. It's the not knowing what to expect. My nauseau was immediate, but seemed to get worse from 48 hours onwards, but by Sunday I was out the other side. At least now youve now got first session and have no option but to deal with it. The waiting is horrendous, as you imagine all sorts. Let us know how you get on. Sending you hugs.
Oh another thing, the Nurse said to me I would not sleep the first 2 nights due to steroids, but I did! Quite a lot actually lol. Although I did waken up once or twice, I then was able to go back to sleep. I woke up because I was either boiling hot or shivering cold.
madhatter67
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi Alex, I had my first session this afternoon, so far am ok, am drinking plenty and have anti sickness tabs at the ready! How are you doing? Thinking of you too - and everyone else on here going through treatment x

Alex2016
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Just got Biotene mouthwash, so hopefully that will do the trick. Yes, Suze had already been doing the salt water gargle, as when I had said to my Dentist before starting chemo which Mouthwash should I buy, he actually recommended the salt water.
Once again, thanks for advice from everyone. x
Suze65
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Just another suggestion. As well as mouthwash, which I use once a day, you could try a salt water gargle and mothwash last thing at night. It doesn't have to be very salty - just dilute a quarter of a teaspoon in half a glass of water and stir.  It's another way of keeping the mouth 'sanitised' and preventing soreness.

Taran
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi Alex, glad you are starting to feel better. The mouthwash definitely helps. I had a really sore mouth and tongue first cycle and started using the mouthwash and it improved quite quickly. This time I started using it as soon as I felt it becoming sore and it never got anywhere near as bad. I still have no taste buds, but think I have accepted it will be after chemo they they return to normal. Not such an issue this cycle as it's killed my appetite but last cycle I was hungry all the time and just nothing tasted good 😣

Hope everyone else is quiet because you are really good, not because you are suffering xx
Alex2016
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Taran and Pookie, think I'm joining you on the hopefully feeling better vibe! Had a pretty rough few days last week after first FEC on Tuesday. Started to feel better from Sunday afternoon onwards. Totally great yesterday. However, went backwards today with tiredness and pretty sore mouth/throat. Phone the Unit who say I need a script for special mouthwash and toothpaste. Unfortunately I left it until they were nearly closing to phone, as kept thinking I didn't want to make a fuss. So have to wait until tomorrow to collect. Mouth is on fire. I think that will teach me in future to phone quicker if worried about something. Just hope it doesn't get worse overnight. But at least nausea has more or less gone.
Sue - thanks for posting last week about nauseau and vomitting.
Once wild - so glad you enjoyed your family break in North Wales. You certainly made the most of it.
Hello to everyone else I have omitted. Hope you are all good (and being good!) X
Taran
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Yes definitely Pookie! Really hope we get a good couple of weeks now before the next round!! I feel so bad that I've not felt well for one day of the school holidays yet. That was really bad timing to have chemo on the last day of term!! Hoping to start making up for it tomorrow and get some fun things done while I can. Would be great if the weather would play ball too 😂 xx
Pookie1
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hey Taran, glad you're feeling better, I've been thinking about you. I had a bit of a rough week too but definitely can see improvement now. Hope the next few days are even better xx

Taran
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi everyone, how are we all doing? I feel like I've been out of it for a week but finally starting to feel more normal today so hoping I'm on my way back up now. Hope everyone else is getting by with minimal side effects. xx
Pookie1
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Woohoo, OnceWild! Amazing. Any photos? : )

Bella, the injections are going  fine so far, you really helped me over that fear, thank you so much. I had an incredibly bad evening and night on Sun (day 5) where I felt like I had flu, was in the middle of labour and had also just been hit by a truck. I honestly didn't think I'd make it through til morning! But I did (obviously!) and although yesterday was still pretty rough, I am feeling better today. Hopefully on an upward trend now. 

Dianabrew, Apple pie and ice cream! I'm not quite there yet but it's something to look forward to! Hope you have a lovely time with your parents for their anniversary!

pookie xx

dianabrew
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

image.jpeg

dianabrew
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Spoiler
Well, what a difference a week makes. From having my head in a bucket to scoffing M&S apple pie and ice cream. 😋. I hope all you ladies with nausea problems are feeling better by the day. 
I know I'm immunosupressed this week but have been unable to keep away from potential sources of infection. Took my elderly dad to his eye clinic appointment and although I didn't sit with him like I would normally do, I did take him up to the desk etc. It's my parents 68th anniversary tomorrow so I'll be taking them to a restaurant. Also, I have seen my grandchildren although didn't attend Flo's last day presentation at pre school in case I picked up any bugs from the little angels.
My scalp has started to tingle so I think the great shedding will begin soon. I had my hair cut short in preparation and have liked my new style 😏
Bella boo
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Well done Oncewild I'm really pleased you did it I bet it was a fabulous feeling. Let the hair go and change your name to Stillwild 😀. I hope everyone is doing ok and had a good weekend. Pookie I hope the injections are going ok. Taran I hope your out the other side now and can enjoy some holiday time with the little uns. Here's to more SE free days xx

Bookworm48
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Well done Once Wild. That's brilliant! Loved reading that xx
OnceWild
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Well I did it! With your encouragement I took to the skies and flew - well down a Welsh slate quarry attached to zip wires at least. It was wonderful and freeing, and fun to do with my big son. Thought of you Taran and hope your bleugh stage is passing. My hubby thought the rushing wind might blow off what remains of my barnet but I still have a light covering. Had to hoover the pillows this morning which was pretty gross but as my hubby bravely ignored my wailing to clip it to just 2cm yesterday it could have been worse. Going to have to do a massive cleanup of the holiday cottage or they will definitely think the dog has been rolling all over the house. 

 

Hope you're all doing well x

Pookie1
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Thanks so much Bella and Sue. So glad for you that you didn't get any nausea Bella, fingers crossed I'll be the same. I'm going to grit my teeth and do it this afternoon when husband is back......just in case!

thanks again ladies, what would I do without you all xx

Sue H-S
Community Champion

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi Pookie1

It may be an idea to contact your GP asap to get him to represcibe the drugs, which have helped you. - and if you scroll down I have added some bits of how you might be able to deal with nausea.

Don't freak re the side effects - the anxiety may make it worse - relax and see what your body does - perhaps make sure you have a good supply of painkillers to hand - just in case.

Hugs

Sue xxx

Bella boo
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi Pookie I didn't get any nausea with the injections. Like you I have 7 to do, I'm quite slim so sit down and get a little roll of fat and push it in. I swap sides each day and this time I take a ibuprofen after. On my first round of injections I did all right until the last one when I got a few bone aches so this time round I am trying to pre empt and so take a tab. I tend to do it in the evening so that if I do get any side effects it doesn't ruin my day but day 5 this round and nothing so far. It is a case of grit your teeth but far better than getting an infection. Xx

Pookie1
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Thanks Taran : ) Lucky you only having to have one injection! I've got six and have now freaked myself out by reading all the horrendous side effects.....including more flipping nausea, thought I'd finished with that and I don't have any more antinausea drugs after today : ( 

Hope you're managing ok with your four little ones off school, I'm guessing the house isn't quite as calm as before! My two have had a few sleepovers with friends and relatives which has helped keep me calm and them entertained, but they're here at the moment wreaking havoc! I love having them around though and hate to be without them, I feel a bit useless at the moment and can't wait to get back to being normal Mummy again as soon as possible!

pookie xxx

Suze65
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Sue, you are a star for posting all this helpful information.  

Personally, I prefer liquidising ginger root rather than buying commercial ginger drinks, which tend to be loaded with sugar. I liquidised a 2 inch piece of ginger root in a little water, then strained it to get rid of the fibres and kept it in the fridge, adding a little to water, tea or food. I had two days of feeling nauseous but I think the ginger helped.

I hope all of you have a good SE-free day!

Taran
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi Pookie, glad to hear the pains are better. At least you know for next time that you don't need quite so much senna!! For the injection I would try sitting as that should give you the most area to grab hold of if you are slim. And try not to be too anxious doing it as it's better to just use one smooth swift motion than lots of little ones. As for time, I have to do mine 24 hours after chemo so I never really get much choice in it. But haven't had any problems with them being done about 2pm both times. If you are having them for a number of days (I only have 1) I would suggest picking a time you will roughly be able to do them all at. Doesn't need to be exactly the same time each day, but if you can keep them around the same sort of time that might be better for you. Good luck xx
Pookie1
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi everyone again! I'm due my first gcsf injection today and was wondering if anyone had any tips on what's the best time to do it, the best position (I'm quite slim and don't have much stomach fat to grab). I'm not a wuss generally but have never, ever had to stab myself in the stomach with a needle before, so I'm feeling a bit apprehensive! Any advice would be very welcome. Thanks ladies. Pookie x

Pookie1
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Do it!!! Oncewild, always wild ; ))

What a fab opportunity, chemotherapy or no chemotherapy, it will be awesome!

ooh, and on the hair thing, having cut my long hair into a pixie last week and now wishing I'd done it years ago, I'm now believing I'll feel the same about the shave when it has to happen next week. The anticipation is always worse than the event......which can be surprisingly liberating!

 

And thanks Taran and Nellie for your encouragement yesterday when I was feeling pretty down with the abdominal pains. I'm much better today and hope that you too, Taran are feeling less nauseous every day. I think my pains were due to the Senna tablets I took to try to avoid constipation!! That'll teach me to try to pre-empt problems!

Taran
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Do the zip wire!! Absolutely! Do it for all of us who can't even face getting out if bed today 😔 And I agree with the hair thing. I shaved mine short first then all off. Much prefer the look of it all gone for some reason!

Off to feel bleurgh a bit longer now...xx
Bella boo
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Oncewild surely there can be no doubt get on that zip wire 😀 as long as it is safe. It's amazing how the simple things in life become so much more special at times like these and playing frisbee on the beach on a beautiful day sounds wonderful. Please don't worry about the hair, I have to say with the heat we've had I've appreciated not having any and find it a lot cooler. I tend to cover up if I'm out in the sun but the rest of the time I do go without. More so because I find it more comfortable in this heat. My 20 yr son prefers it properly bald to the 'plucked chicken' look as he phrased it when it was falling out. Get on that zip wire before the weather changes, let me know how it goes 🙂 xx

netti37
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Oncewild, I've popped over from June thread ... Good your not having se's...so yes do it! Have fun and continue to be 'wild'. Xxx
With the hair loss, I was like you, hated to see it coming out, but then I hated myself in the mirror. I was bald at the back and kept a little bit on the top. Didn't want to shave it off. Covered up all the time with wigs and scarfs. I looked poorly when I saw my half covered head!! Ironic.
But yesterday....i did it. I shaved it all off and it felt great! I looked great. Its not half as bad as your thinking it will be. I wish I had done it sooner now. But each to your own. Its a big thing to accept.
Stay strong and what you can do...do. Enjoy your holiday. Xx
OnceWild
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Morning everyone. Hoping you are all feeling better each day. I have a slowly building dread of my EC2 on Friday. After my first weekend I have been feeling really well, with no SEs and no remaining pain from MX and ANC, so feeling pretty 'normal'. Hoping for the best and strength to get me through the dark first days.

 

Although I knew it was going to happen am so sad to be shedding hair - weird how quickly it goes from none to handfuls! I have the tingly scalp you have all spoken of and don't like the strands falling into my face or tickling me from my pillow. Am going to keep it for as long as possible then clip it short. Practically I am equipped with headwear and wig but emotionally I am not ready for everyone everywhere I go to know I have cancer. 

 

My heart is lifted hugely by being in beautiful North Wales for a week with my family. Playing frisbee on the beach with the dog last night was pretty special. I now need to brave up to going on Titan, a very, very long zip wire across an old slate quarry. My 16y old is so keen to do it but needs a participating adult and, as hubby has no head for heights, I am in the frame. Shall I? 

Nellie55
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Flopsy, sorry to hear that 😬. I can only hope it's not as bad as FEC for me, what other side effects did you get with T may I ask? Xx

Nellie55
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Taran, glad we are in the same boat drug regimen wise, let's hope the T is better for us xx

Flopsy
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Nellie,

 

I don't want to spoil your expectations ... but ... I developed terrible nausea and vomiting straight after my first T infusion .. and it has continued since.

 

My Oncologist did say that T is better for N&V and it hope that is the case for you!

 

Taran
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi fluffymittens, the chemo you get depends on what has been found to be most effective for the type of cancer you have. So your oncologist has obviously decided based on past research that you wouldn't benefit from the F part of FEC. Think triple negative ladies like me get the FEC-T regime as that has been found most effective. Like herceptin works well for her2 positive cancers. If that makes sense at all?xx
Bookworm48
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi. I'm doing 3 x EC too Fluffy mittens. My Onc says he hasn't been using the F for some time now.
FluffyMittens26
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi everyone. One thing I forgot to ask is that I notice that everyone is doing Fec. But I'm doing Ec x3 and then tax and herc x 3 before surgery. What is the f and how does it differ? X
Taran
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi Nellie, taxotere isn't meant to cause nausea in the way FEC does. Which I'm glad about after this cycle!! I have 1 more FEC to go before changing over too xx
Nellie55
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Thanks Sue for that interesting post. I have one more FEC to go and then it's Taxotere for 3 cycles. Taxotere doesn't seem to be on your list so I'm guessing I won't be quite as nauseous as on FEC! The Lorazepam stopped the retching and took away some of the nausea but I still feel sicky. Anyway hope you are doing ok and the fatigue/ exhaustion has improved. Xx

Nellie55
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Bella boo, so pleased you were able to go out this afternoon 😊. It makes such a difference doesn't it? Where it's so hot I keep checking my temperature to see if it's ok!   Although my Lorazepam has really helped with the retching I still feel rather nauseous most of the time, am forcing myself to eat, but haven't had any of the cravings I had last time. I have no desire to eat but I know I must, I have found eating stewed Apple cold which is lovely, cuts through the nausea, I'm drinking loads and loads. I just feel so very tired compared to last time. To top it all, the District Nurse didn't come out today to give me my 1st GCSF injection so ended up having to go into hospital to have jab done there,  anyway hope tomorrow will be even better for you 😊 Xx

Nellie55
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi Pookie1, sorry to hear about the pains, I didn't have them after my first FEC, is it trapped wind? I don't really know, but seek advice if it doesn't go away. Wishing you a better night. Hugs xx

Taran
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi everyone, hope today has been uneventful for us all.

Sue, thank you for your post. And the cat picture which has made us all smile! It also summed me up very well this morning when I managed a sneaky nap while hubby took all 4 of my darlings to pick up our food shop. Just what I needed 😊 Today the nausea has been a bit better. Still struggling with appetite but I think it's as much the lack of taste buds and a bit of indigestion as anything else. Expecting another rough day tomorrow as that was my worst day last cycle. But really hoping for to follow the pattern and start picking up from Monday. Fingers crossed!!

Pookie, I've not had pain quite like you describe but did have abdominal cramp pains last time that signalled the end of constipation and the appearance of an upset stomach. Hope it settles down for you really quickly.

xx
haz25a
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi Flopsy,

Yeah I do, I'm really lucky. I'm having me treatment at the Beatson Cancer Centre in Glasgow. It's on a large campus which also houses a general hospital, no A&E sadly though, have to travel further for that, and a psychiatric hospital. The psych hospital (now closed) was of the old victorian type hence the large site, although there is now a smaller newer psych hospital. There are three cancer charities on this site, Maggies, Cancer Support Scotland and the Beatson Cancer charity. The Cancer centre is very, very busy and quite small so if, hopefully not, I need to be admitted for any reason I would need to travel a it further. The hospital is only just over 2 miles from me and A&E 4 miles, so yes, I'm lucky in that respect.

Thanks for the link, I will check it out.

Take care.

Hazel. x
FluffyMittens26
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Ps I've managed to do a poo! Yippee. 10 days is a long time. I feel like congratulating myself like a toddler using their potty for the first time!!! 🙂 x
FluffyMittens26
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi Bella Boo. Thanks for your concern. I feel surprisingly well today. I even went to the allotment and played basketball with my 3 and 6 year old. And looking back over the last ten days, I think they were all made worse by my anxiety issues and overdoing it and not letting people do things for me. I feel like I can manage the second one in a couple of weeks a lot Better as hopefully got a handle on what to expect. However all your help, chat and concern has really been good for me.

In terms of sickness, I have done yoga for fifteen years. Full yogic breath is good for concentration and sickness. Sometimes we do not breathe properly and we need to use our bellies more. Especially when we are anxious and have been ill I.e. Sick. Google it. Lie on the settee. Also yoga nidra excellent. There are many apps available. Alternatively lie on your back with legs up the wall. . I'm not trying to say it's an alternative to meds. But it may help.

Love to you all. Xx
Sue H-S
Community Champion

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi ladies,

as some of you are suffering particularly with nausea- I hope this post will be helpful. Although it will be a very long one - sorry for that... 

We all will react differently to our relevant chemo treatments and sometimes it may not be possible to avoid the specific side effects we have.

It may be wise to discuss with your GP, chemo team and oncologist - to ensure you get this as much under control, as you possibly can before your next cycle.

Nausea - tends to be worse day 2-4 - but by eating lots of little meals, especially when you start to feel nauseaus may be of help. Depending on your tast - plain cream crackers, toast, ginger biscuits may help.

Ginger generally is a good help when feeling nauseaus and has apparently also some cancer fighting properies - So if you can include it in your diet it shoudl certainly help with nausea. You could sourse one of the Rochester Ginger drinks from Holland and Barrett. They are very versatile - it can be drunk as a shot in the morning,,used in cooking, as well as making wonderful ginger tea. Otherwise there are a number of ginger teas easily available in all supermarkets.If ginger is not your thing you might wish to try chamomile tea, but not peppermint.

To help you understand better what is going on - I found this - please note not all drugs quoted are for breast cancer chemotherapy. 

QUOTE - 

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are common side effects of cancer treatment and often occur together. About one-half of people treated for cancer will feel sick to their stomach (nausea) or will throw up (vomit). Today, there are many new and effective medicines available to help control these side effects.

The process that leads to nausea and vomiting is complicated. Doctors believe that nausea and vomiting are controlled by an area of the brain called the vomiting centre. This area may be stimulated by nerves within certain parts of the esophagus, stomach or intestines (bowels) when they become irritated. It could also be stimulated by other parts of the brain.

Types

The types of nausea and vomiting are usually described based on how severe the symptoms are and how long they last.

Acute nausea or vomiting

Acute nausea or vomiting usually occurs several minutes to a few hours after treatment is given. It often goes away within the first 24 hours.

Delayed nausea or vomiting

Delayed nausea or vomiting develops more than 24 hours after treatment is given. It can last for 6–7 days.

Chronic nausea or vomiting

Chronic nausea and vomiting is not related to treatment. It is caused by the effect that the cancer waste products have on your body or by the location of the tumour in the body. Ongoing nausea and vomiting can be caused by:

pain medicines

metabolic abnormalities

constipation

stomach ulcers

Anticipatory nausea or vomiting

 

After a person has had a few treatments, they may feel anxious and expect to be sick. They connect certain sights, sounds or smells with treatment and feel nauseated when they experience them. Nausea or vomiting before treatment is referred to as anticipatory. This is more common in people receiving chemotherapy.

 

Causes

Nausea and vomiting in people with cancer can have many different causes.

Chemotherapy

Certain chemotherapy drugs cause nausea and vomiting, especially if given in high doses. Chemotherapy affects parts of the stomach and brain that detect toxic (poisonous) substances. This causes nausea and vomiting as the body tries to rid itself of the toxins. When given intravenously, chemotherapy drugs can bring on nausea and vomiting quite quickly. Cancer drugs differ in how much they contribute to nausea and vomiting.

Some drugs are more likely to cause nausea and vomiting than others. Drugs with a high potential of causing nausea and vomiting include:

carboplatin (Paraplatin, Paraplatin AQ)

epirubicin (Pharmorubicin) – high doses

carmustine (BiCNU, BCNU)

cisplatin (Platinol AQ)

ifosfamide

cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan, Procytox)

lomustine (CeeNu, CCNU)

cytarabine (Cytosar, Ara-C) – high doses

mechlorethamine (nitrogen mustard, Mustargen)

dacarbazine (DTIC)

melphalan (Alkeran, L-PAM) – high doses

dactinomycin (Cosmegen, Actinomycin-D)

methotrexate – high doses

daunorubicin (Cerubidine, Daunomycin)

procarbazine hydrochloride (Matulane)

doxorubicin (Adriamycin)

streptozocin (Zanosar)

 - END QUOTE

Hoping it is of some help.

Hugs

Sue xxx

Bella boo
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi Pookie I haven't had the pain you describe but I hope it is easing a bit and someone will be able to help out with  what's causing it.  Bookworm, Alex, Taran and Nellie how are you all feeling? The only thing I can say is what a difference a day makes, I feel a lot better today and have been out this afternoon. Must be first time though that I watch the weather forecast to see if it will get cooler!! Fluffy mittens I hope your feeling better 10 days is a long time to feel unwell. Sue how are you doing I hope it's not getting too much harder the further along you go. Hugs to everyone xx

Flopsy
Member

Re: July 2016 starters

Hi Hazel,

 

Sounds like you have some great services around your area. 

 

I got my Evonail from Farmaline here

 

https://www.farmaline.uk/health/order/evonail-vernis-hydrophile-reparateur/

 

But there seems some confusion over Evonail releasing a new version.

 

It looks like I may have got the last of the old version. Sorry I don't know more.