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    Has anyone ever given a machine to take chemo from home?

    The doctor gave my dad a machine where he can get chemo from home. Has anyone have had that?

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    Hi Tony,

    This sounds like the same chemo my dad is on. My dad got his first treatment last week but had chemo hooked in his port for 48 hours after arriving home then had to go to the hospital to have it removed. This is suppose to be very aggressive chemo according to our onocologist. I can't remember the name. They told him not to eat or touch anything cold for at least 5 days after the treatment because he could develop neuropothy.

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    My dad had Fluorouracil.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorouracil

    This made him really sleepy and constipated. The doctor didn't tell my dad not to eat. You have to eat when you are receiving chemo. If not, you will be really weak. Also, tell your dad to drink lots of water and even gatorade.

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    Hi,

    They told him to eat just not cold foods. That is the same chemo he is on it is a three part cocktail.

    My dad has not gotten sick yet.

    Lisa

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    My dad also can't eat cold foods. His was a 2 part chemo treatment.

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    My dad has been taking miralax for the constipation. It has gotten better since we started the chemo but he is eating like a horse. He is hungry all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mydad View Post
    My dad has been taking miralax for the constipation. It has gotten better since we started the chemo but he is eating like a horse. He is hungry all the time.
    That's really good

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    Yes we are feed him as much as he will eat He has lost about 35 pounds in the last three months but it was not due to the cancer or not eating. He was a junk food a holic and when when we was diagnosised with diabetes in July he completely cut sugar from his diet. We have our second chemo treatment on Tuesday. We are hoping it goes as good as the first. Is your dad still feeling ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mydad View Post
    Yes we are feed him as much as he will eat He has lost about 35 pounds in the last three months but it was not due to the cancer or not eating. He was a junk food a holic and when when we was diagnosised with diabetes in July he completely cut sugar from his diet. We have our second chemo treatment on Tuesday. We are hoping it goes as good as the first. Is your dad still feeling ok?
    He is just feeling tired. He is drinking a lot of water and gatorade. His next treatment is Nov 2. It is usually given in 2 parts. 7 hours on the 2nd ( more when he takes it home and 3 more hours on the 4th. They said that he can't receive the whole thing on the same thing because it would be tooo strong for him. So far, no side effects. He has been drinking a lot of prune juice and he is also taking colace to relieve constipation. He went a little bit this morning. He has been peeing a lot though.

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    I will take tired over them being sick any day. It is emotional draining for me to see my dad sick and I can't begin to imagine how hard it is on him.

 
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