Friday, September 3, 2010

Cycle 5 Xeloda

There was a bit of good news yesterday - the CEA marker has dropped from 4400 to 3500. So I had my infusion of Oxaliplatin and Avastin and started the Xeloda again this morning.

I am having a bad time with the Oxaliplatin side effects. I have pins and needles in both my hands and up my right arm (which was the one the cannula was in) plus in the calves of both legs. These are bearable, but I am also having difficulty swallowing any liquid at all that is not at least body temperature. Any colder and my throat closes up and I find it difficult to breathe. Scary! Also a bit of a problem when it comes to trying to replenish fluids - I still have diarrhea. Have had several cups of tea - can't take warm water unflavoured. Nose drip is worse than usual, too.

I had appointments today for some more Bowen therapy for my shoulder and for another hypnotherapy session. I cancelled the Bowen therapy one because I felt so unwell, and then the hypnotherapist rang and cancelled his session. Can't say I was sorry about that.


  1. Oh hang in there Joan, so glad to see your marker count drop....that is good news.
    That horrible treatment is pure poison I'm sure and I am sorry you are having such a hard time.
    Like you I am glad you get to stay home today and rest. Hope you enjoy the weekend....:-)Hugs

  2. Just checking in to say hello and let you know I am thinking of you. I do hope you are feeling a bit better Joan........:-) Hugs

  3. My husband had those side effects while he was on Oxaliplatin, so I can sympathize with you.
    We went through a lot of herbal tea and hot chocolate in our house. He got tired of warm milk and warm juice! Hope this week goes better for you, Joan.