Thursday, 11 June 2009

Sess: 5/12 - CMF new chemo regime

One thing I found out from the lecture yesterday was that chemotherapy drugs came about after the second world war when they were trying to find a cure for leukemia which is caused by an overproduction of white blood cells. They realised that during the first world war, when mustard gas was used, the vicitims of the gas attacks had reduced white blood cell counts. They then tried a diluted version of the mustard gas and hey presto.... the start of chemo. This proves my POLLYANNA theory on life..... some good always comes from bad you just have to look for it!
Anyway, back to my original post. I started my new drug regime today of CMF which is a combination of chemo drugs rather than just one. I opted for intravenus anti-sickness again which despite the hedghog syndrome is much better than the pill form.
The drugs are administered in the same way. Hands in hot water, good veing located, canula inserted (owch) then the drugs are syringed into the line one by one. Two are clear and one, small one is bright yellow (good colour for my pandora bracelet!).
I felt quite woozy and my nose felt as though pepper had been blown up it then finally my chest felt as though someone was sitting on it but that was my fault really because I didn't take my ventolin before hand.
I am feeling quite rough at the moment but I can't make out if its the steroids or the chemo. I will take some sleeping pills tonight along with movicol!!!!! and see what tomorrow brings......


  1. I think part of the difficulty of chemo is that it impacts on all of your body systems, so it's impossible to (a) work out and (b) fix what the problem is. I'm thinking of you and wishing you well.
    Stephanie x

  2. I have to agree with Stephanie above. You would think that by now they would have found something less toxic that makes you feel so sick after chemo. I am literally in a naseau fog for days even with meds..
    All I did was sleep yesterday...

    Have a good one Sara
    Alli XX

  3. Chemo is pretty gross now but obviously it was much worse before. I can't imagine.

    Hopefully you'll get over the roughness soon.


  4. Thinking of you Sara, always! Hugs((())) and kisses XXXX to you! Sharon xxx


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