The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Content within the patient forum is user-generated and has not been reviewed by medical professionals. Other sections of the Melanoma Research Foundation website include information that has been reviewed by medical professionals as appropriate. All medical decisions should be made in consultation with your doctor or other qualified medical professional.

Chemo week two

Forums General Melanoma Community Chemo week two

  • Post
    Lori C
    Participant

      Will is one week past his first carboplatin and taxol treatment.  He’s also on a Fentanyl patch for pain, the first time his hip pain has been properly addressed.  So far, he’s feeling very well – eating fine, (he wants to go out for Italian food for lunch) and actually seems slightly less fatigued than before he began chemo, which is a bit mysterious.   He goes back for round 2 on August 10th. 

      Will is one week past his first carboplatin and taxol treatment.  He’s also on a Fentanyl patch for pain, the first time his hip pain has been properly addressed.  So far, he’s feeling very well – eating fine, (he wants to go out for Italian food for lunch) and actually seems slightly less fatigued than before he began chemo, which is a bit mysterious.   He goes back for round 2 on August 10th. 

      At this point, we’ve been extremely pleased with the care from Dr. Howard Kaufman and the nurses at Rush in Chicago.  Dr. Kaufman, who is a surgeon as well as head of oncology and a melanoma specialist, is not exactly a touchy/feely kind of doc but he’s honest, careful, attentive, and obviously a very excellent doctor.  A huge relief.  And the nurses have been wonderful, especially given Will has some special needs and is not always the easiest person to communicate with.

      I’m hoping things will be stable for a while, at the very worst, and at best, this will really reduce the tumors.

      Loading spinner
    Viewing 5 reply threads
    • Replies
        Carver
        Participant

          I am so glad they are addressing the pain Will is in. That can make a big difference. Also good that he’s eating well. I wonder if properly addressing the pain is part of what is helping his energy level. Even though pain medications can cause fatigue, I think being in pain can also be terribly exhausting and I’m so glad that he is getting proper pain medication now. I’m glad you all are pleased with the doctor’s care and I’ll be sending out good thoughts for Will and for you.

          Loading spinner
            Sharon in Reno
            Participant

              Thats wonferful that Will’s getting his pain under control, it’s very hard to keep up the fight when your in pain. Sending well wishes, stay strong.

              love, Sharon in Reno, Stage IV

              Loading spinner
            Janet2
            Participant

              I’m pleased to hear that Will’s pain is being dealt with and that he is feeling less fatigued. I hope he continues that way and glad he is eating well. Also, I hope his chemo shrinks the tumours considerably.

              Janet

              Loading spinner
              Kevin from Atlanta
              Participant

                Taxol is normally given with steriods so that may answer why Will’s appitiate has increased. I have had severe fatigue for years and think it is from the pain. I need opitate strength meds but can’t take them. The nausea, constipation ect becomes too much. Hopefully Will can get several weeks of relief and a lot more to follow.

                Loading spinner
                Sherron
                Participant

                  Lori,

                  Glad Will is doing better.  You are such a good,caring friend to him.  He is very lucky to have you as a friend who will watch out for his best interest.  Wishing you both the best.

                  Take Care,

                  Sherron, wife to Jim

                   

                   

                  Loading spinner
                  ValinMtl
                  Participant

                    Hi Lori

                    So happy to hear that Will is finally on some type of treatment AND VERY GLAD that he is getting something for pain. Thinking Will and you during this trying time.  Val in Montreal

                    Loading spinner
                    raun cesar
                    Participant

                      Good luck for the journey ahead, chemo will work out. Happy to hear him recovering, with proper medication and support form loving friend

                      Have a nice day 

                      Loading spinner
                  Viewing 5 reply threads
                  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
                  About the MRF Patient Forum

                  The MRF Patient Forum is the oldest and largest online community of people affected by melanoma. It is designed to provide peer support and information to caregivers, patients, family and friends. There is no better place to discuss different parts of your journey with this cancer and find the friends and support resources to make that journey more bearable.

                  The information on the forum is open and accessible to everyone. To add a new topic or to post a reply, you must be a registered user. Please note that you will be able to post both topics and replies anonymously even though you are logged in. All posts must abide by MRF posting policies.