Additionally, some cancers release proteins called cytokines that may cause fatigue as well. There are no bald patches but piles of hair on the bathroom counter and floor. Kym and Roger XXXOOO, Thank you so much to both of you, that’s just so lovely of you to think of me – I AM on the downhill run! It is important to consult your health care team on how to manage the side effects induced by this chemotherapy drug while going on with your daily activities. But I HATE the freaking port. Thank you so much for sharing this experience and I wish you so much luck for the rest of your treatment xxx, Thank you lovely – and you DO have the words :) x x. I’m just starting to get to know you through our SU group, and I can’t believe you’re going through this. Learn more about what to expect from this therapy. So far worst has been the dry mouth like you have eaten a handful of flour, but that has now passed. I have developed something of a spastic colon. I’m half way through the worst of it and I have 6 days to make the most of feeling well, to play with my children, to laugh with my husband and to catch up on all of the calls, texts and emails. As this chemotherapy drug is red in color and very toxic, Doxorubicin has a nickname called ‘red devil’, and cardiac toxicity is one of its most concerned side effects. Signs of infections include headaches, muscle aching, cough, sore throat, pain while passing urine and feeling cold. Thank you for sharing your story. They make me feel crappy. Thanks gain for sharing. It’s hard to see past the treatment while you’re going through it but thank you for supporting your friend x. Hi Mim, Found your Blog while looking for info on side effects for 2nd treatment of Chemo, was a bit scary to say the least, but you came through at the other end so I suppose I will too. It is important to have regular checks to understand the number of red blood cells in your body. You haven’t written it in a scary, it is just how it is. It starts on about Day 3, like that foggy-headed hungover feeling and gets worse each day. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Is chemo painful as it goes in? Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. She started chemo whilst pregnant, then had her baby early and has now recommenced chemo. I want to hug you. Does chemotherapy cure cancer? I wish I knew what to say, I wish I could convey properly how brave you are for sharing such a harrowing experience but I don’t have enough words. It’s all wrong. “It’s also known as the … Thank you so much Hayley and the best of love and luck to you too! Thank you so much Laura for your lovely words :) You’re so right about no pain, no gain – it will totally be worth it! 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