As I tell my children, the only stupid questions are the ones you DON"T ask.
My Mom (77) had 5 rounds of Gemzar and Oxyliplatin scheduled two weeks apart. She was fortunate and the ONLY side effect she experienced was something called cold neuropathy (from the Oxiliplatin). It only lasted two days after a treatment and went something like this: If she drank or ate anything cold or touched something in the frig it was similar to getting an "electric shock" or like when you get Brain freeze from eating ice cream too fast.
Mom made the best decision in my opinion in getting a "power port" implanted in her chest. All of her chemo and blood draws and contrast for CT was sent through the port. It was wonderful and something you might want to consider. If you do get one insist on a POWER PORT.
Mom did not lose her hair and it really never even thinned and the chemo did not hurt. Each time before they started the chemo they gave her a bag of (I'm having a blonde or senior moment and can't remember the name of the anti nausea drug). Bottom line she NEVER had nausea or got sick. Aha...I think it was Zofran. She also had two types of pills Zofran and Compazine to take at home for the first two days after chemo. They kept her from getting any nausea at all.
Mom did not bruise easily either. I think the best thing to do is follow your treatment plan and live each and every moment of your life to the fullest.
My mom would have chemo (it took about 3 hours for the two of them) and then Mom, Dad and I would go shopping for my mother of the bride dress that I needed this past December. She would wear me out!!!!!! and this was AFTER THE CHEMO!!!
One thing to remember. Always take someone with you to take notes, ask for handout sheets if they have them and write your questions down on a notepad as you think of them. Then take these to the appointments and don't leave until you are satisfied that all your questions are answered. You will also find the Chemo nurses are great sources of knowledge as are the other patients you will meet also having chemo.
You are very special and in my thoughts and prayers.
All of us are only a keystroke away......
My Mom lost her one year battle with CC on April 3, 2009.
"A prognosis is simply an audit of how truly precious each day is. Live each day to the maximum, celebrate what was, and what is - Don't spend your life looking forward to what will or might be." .... words of wisdom from my beloved son on hearing of his grandmother's CC prognosis.