ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Medical Explanations

Updated on July 25, 2014

by Michele Adams

Most of this post is for non-"medical term challenged" friends. It's all "Greek" to me, so forgive me if I have misspelled anything, as I'm going by the papers they gave me (an entire folder full, plus two booklets).

Round 1 chemotherapy for Stage IV Colon Cancer, presenting in lymph-nodes, 2-3 legions in the liver, and the primary source of colon (about 1 ft from rectum).

OK, here is our arsenal of cancer fighting drugs: 5FU (a fitting name, huh?) also known as Fluorouracil/Adrucil/5-fluorouracil; Leucovorin aka Calcium Leucovorin/Citrovorum Factor/FolinicAcid; Avastin aka Bevacizumab; Eloxatin aka Oxaliplatin.

Common side effects (I'm not going to list every single deadly side effect, only those common ones that will persist during and possibly following my chemo): adverse reaction to anything cold (can't drink/eat anything colder than room temperature; shocky feeling if touch cold metal or anything below room temperature); nausea; vomiting; mouth sores; loss of appetite; fatigue; diarrhea/constipation; headache; nose bleed; hair loss; proteinuria (protein in the kidneys-can cause me to swell up like the michelin man); weight loss; watery eyes; metallic taste in mouth; low blood counts; low immune system; short term memory loss.

Here are a list of lifestyle changes that I will, at least temporarily, go through:no large crowds/WalMart; use plastic ware when eating; gloves most of the time; LOTS of hand sanitation; in winter scarves over my mouth when running to a pre-warmed car; no ice in drinks; nothing cold in mouth; repeating myself 500 times because I didn't remember telling you the first 499 times (apologizing ahead of time); not being around anyone sick; no fast food/esp. buffets; no sunshine on my skin; afternoon naps when possible; decreased work load; no heavy lifting; no doing dishes/cleaning/cooking/cleaning up after animals/no horse contact; turning into bubble boy.

I will take my chemo by IV, into a "port" that will be placed under my collarbone skin tomorrow (small outpatient surgery), which will take 4-8 hours, and a "ball" of chemo will be left attached to slowly disperse over the next 48 hours. Then I will be unhooked to be "normal" for the next week +1/2 to start over. So every two weeks I will be taking chemo, over the course of 6 months. After two months another petscan will be done to see if things are shrinking. I believe I will get a petscan every two months. I know that they will check my blood counts every two weeks (through my port). After 6 months, God willing, I will have surgery to remove the colon tumor and liver tumors. Then (after time for recovery), chemo will resume until the cancer is deemed "gone".

I can't drive the day of my chemo, due to short term memory loss. I could drive myself in circles for 24 hours and not even know how I got there. I could also be pretty sick/sleepy that day, and the next. The rest of the two week period, I can do regular life, per the restrictions above.

Does your head hurt yet? A LOT to digest.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

© 2014 Michele Adams


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)