Chemo - What Happens? | HysterSisters
HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support and Information
Advertising Info HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support Tutorial

Go Back   Hysterectomy HysterSisters > Hysterectomy Special Needs > Cancer Concerns - GYN is a massive online community with over 475,000 members and over 5 million posts.

Our community is filled with women who have been through the Hysterectomy experience providing both advice and support from our active members and moderators. is located at 111 Peter St, Toronto, Canada, M5V2H1 and is part of the VerticalScope network of websites.

With free registration, you can ask and answer questions in our HYSTERECTOMY forum community, get our FREE BOOKLET, access Hysterectomy Checkpoints and more.

You are not alone. The HysterSisters are here for you. Join us today!
join HysterSisters for hysterectomy resources and support

Chemo - What Happens? Chemo - What Happens?

Thread Tools
Unread 04-13-2005, 03:11 PM
Chemo - What Happens?

I will be starting my first round of Taxol/carbo administered by IV at the hospital on Tuesday and am wondering about the more practical things when it comes to sitting around for 6 hours getting the infusion.

Can you sleep, eat, drink? Do you get bathroom breaks? Is it comfortable enough to be able to do needlework, or should I take a book?

Did anyone have any effects from taking dexamethasone before the treatment? I have to take it at 4 AM, and the nurse indicated that it keeps some people awake.

I have to go for an orientation session, but am wondering what to expect. I am not a very patient patient, so I really need to know how to prepare for all this sitting around.

Thanks for your input.
Sponsored Links
Unread 04-13-2005, 03:34 PM
Chemo - What Happens?

Hi number 9,

I'm sorry you are going to have to be going thru chemo but from my experience it really is quite doable. I was able to read, play game boy, write in my journal, do crossword puzzles, eat, drink, tv, etc etc etc. As long as the IV doesn't bother your hands, I can't see why you couldn't do needlework.

I packed a bag full of stuff to keep me busy and also a cooler with lunch, snacks, and drinks.

My IV was hooked up to a rolling pole, so I could walk around to stretch my legs, use the bathroom, and visit other chemo patients.

I definetly did have an insomnia reaction to the dex, so later on in my chemos I took Zofran to head off any nausea.

It wasn't the way I'd prefer to spend my days, but since I was there, knowing how important it was that I WAS there, it wasn't so bad

Best of luck to you! I hope your experience is as relatively easy as mine ..and many other sisters here...was.

Unread 04-13-2005, 03:41 PM
Chemo - What Happens?


Yes you can eat, sleep, read, do needle work, go to the bathroom.

My chemo center had drinks and snack foods so if I wanted more, I brought it. This would be something to find out when you go to your orientation.

I also had a choice between the comfortable chairs they had or a bed. I went with the chairs, they reclined and had foot rests. Each chair also had a small t.v. You can also take a cd player.

I did not have a problem with the steriods before treatment but I did get jittery the day after. Each person reacts differently though.

I had my orientation just before the first treatment and I was given handouts with all the potential side effects and which ones I would need to seek help about. They also explained all the things I needed to do to help lessen side effects.

Chemo is very doable. The anticipation of the first one is probably more stressful. Not knowing what to expect or how you will react to the chemo, side effects and such.

We are here to help you through it.


Jane B
Sponsored Links
Unread 04-13-2005, 04:54 PM

Are you having a port put in? With a port, you have both hands free; otherwise you'll have one tied up with an IV. They should "feed" you in the hospital (I'd bring in something to eat though vs. hospital "food") and you will be able to sleep, rest, read, watch TV, go to the bathroom, etc. You just take the IV with you.

Chemo rooms have recliners and chairside tables. There you can rest or bring a CD player/radio and headphones, or read. I would ask about what they serve--ours only has soda and juice so for a long chemo, I'd suggest bringing along a lumch or snack.

I did have problems with insomnia during the first chemo with the steroid. Don't ask me why, but after I reacted to carbo on my first recurrence I got the same steroid and was just fine.
Unread 04-13-2005, 07:23 PM
Chemo - What Happens?

s number 9

Guess I'm the odd ball out here....i had no attention span during the actual infusion. T.V. was about all I could manage. I brought books, etc....but never read them. I was pretty social, up walking around, pushing my pole (i had a port). I wasn't shy to talk to anyone. It's a great group of people and nurses there....

I also had insomnia from the steriods. I told my oncologist about it, and he have me an RX to help me sleep while taking chemo. Everyone reacts different to them.

You will do just is doable....
Unread 04-13-2005, 09:27 PM
Chemo - What Happens?

Thanks for the info everyone!

The thought of being awake from 4 AM if I get insomnia from the steroids really scares me. I hate that surreal, tired but wide awake feeling!

I am more terrified about losing my hair and having to face people than I was about the cancer diagnosis. (call me vain, I know).

Isn't it strange what we worry about at a time like this? I know both of these concerns are minor in the grand scheme of things, but they're what I'm obsessing about.

I will take my water bottle and cd player and some of the many magazines friends keep bringing me, and pretend I'm at the spa for the day.

Thanks for being here, ladies!

Our Free Booklet
What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy: Information, helpful hints as you prepare and recover from hysterectomy.
Answers to your questions

Thread Tools

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
From This Forum From Other Forums
3 Replies, Last Reply 04-30-2008, Started By kierria
13 Replies, Last Reply 04-27-2008, Started By womanofpeace
11 Replies, Last Reply 04-09-2008, Started By tinka44
14 Replies, Last Reply 03-27-2008, Started By bj444
14 Replies, Last Reply 03-14-2008, Started By womanofpeace
3 Replies, Last Reply 02-07-2008, Started By Dartlady
10 Replies, Last Reply 12-30-2007, Started By sunbelle
8 Replies, Last Reply 12-22-2007, Started By rubylove
31 Replies, Last Reply 11-10-2005, Started By Maxime
7 Replies, Last Reply 10-06-2005, Started By WillToWin
14 Replies, Last Reply 06-13-2005, Started By sugar4
9 Replies, Last Reply 05-21-2005, Started By chrismb
8 Replies, Last Reply 06-13-2004, Started By katie0211
3 Replies, Last Reply 03-23-2004, Started By Tubs
18 Replies, Last Reply 03-08-2004, Started By tsalagi
8 Replies, Last Reply 03-17-2003, Started By TammyDW
13 Replies, Last Reply 03-15-2003, Started By shepherdpal
6 Replies, Last Reply 12-05-2002, Started By collette
6 Replies, Last Reply 12-02-2002, Started By shepherdpal
6 Replies, Last Reply 11-25-2002, Started By shepherdpal


Hysterectomy News

May 18,2021


HysterSisters Takes On Partner To Manage Continued Growth And Longevity
I have news that is wonderful and exciting! This week’s migration wasn’t a typical migration - from one set ... News Archive


Calendar - Hysterectomies - Birthdays

Request Information

I am a HysterSister


Featured Story - All Stories - Share Yours


Your Hysterectomy Date

CUSTOMIZE Your Browsing  

$vbulletin->featuredvideos is not an array!