My Battle With Cancer
Part 4: Consolidation Treatment

Chemotherapy Cycle 11

12 September 2005
In the morning the district nurse came to change my dressing and do a blood test to check that my white blood cells will be high enough to start chemo this week. In the afternoon I had my pre-chemo check up with Dr Bayston. I am now 77kg, so I now weigh more than what I did when I started treatment. At one stage my weight was below 70kg during my treatment. I asked about the possibility of having the Luer plugs on my Hickman line changed to CLC plugs, the reason for this request is because it would mean I would only need to flush my Hickman line once a week instead of twice a day. Dr Bayston said that she would need to check with Christchurch Hospital first as I am still a Christchurch Hospital patient. After looking at the results of the blood test done in the morning it appears that I am still Nutripenic but my levels should be safe to start chemo on Wednesday. As a result of my white blood cells only just being high enough to start chemo I will now start having 10 days of Neupogen instead of 7.

15 September 2005
Chemo started today once again a day later than originally planned due to the fact the wrong drugs were sent down from Dunedin. It is one year today since I first went and saw the doctor about the lump on my shoulder, there is no way a year ago that I expected to still be going through treatment I honestly thought it would only take a few months and everything would be back to normal.
I had no problems getting up to start chemo this morning and felt fine for the remainder of the morning. I did start to feel tired in the afternoon after reading the paper. This evening, while up in the medical ward, Mum and Dad came to visit and we all then went downstairs to visit my Grandma was in the Rehab Ward after having a fall earlier in the week. After visiting Grandma I started feeling sick and ended up vomiting as soon as I was back in my room. I was given a Cyclazine and this put me to sleep right away, this was pointless because an hour later I had to be woken up to have Mesna pumped into me.

16 September 2005
I stayed in bed until about 5 minutes before I needed to go to Oncology to start chemo. I didn't even bother having a shower. Most of the morning I spent resting on the bed and reading the paper. I was given Losec to take as I had been having problems with indigestion but I couldn't get this down. In the evening I just lay down and watched TV and ended up vomiting several times during the night. I believe that stopping the Losec may be a result of this.

17 September 2005
I was discharged at around lunch time and on the way home I voted in the 2005 General Election. I spent most of the day just resting on my bed and not feeling like eating or drinking anything.

I found this time it took me longer to recover from the chemo I guess this is because we are getting further into the treatment or it could be because I was getting more active during the last cycle. This time round I stayed in bed pretty much every day until lunchtime as I always seemed to feel tired and I didn't go out for walks as often, the reason for this was also due to the weather at the time.

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My Battle With Cancer

Part 1: Being Diagnosed With Cancer Life Before CancerThe DiagnosisTreatment Begins
Part 2: Induction Treatment Chemotherapy Cycle: 123456
Part 3: Surgery The Surgery
Part 4: Consolidation Treatment Chemotherapy Cycle: 7891011121314
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