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Side effects seem to be managi was posted 12/18/2015 07:49 am by S Marsh
E-mail Address: suzannmarsh@yahoo.com

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In early October, my 51 year old boyfriend was diagnosed with PC. This was per our local hospital; Johns Hopkins is not certain it is PC but possibly gallbladder or bile duct cancer...either way, both docs agreed on treatment. We just wrapped up round four of the folfox (sp?) but I feel like the side effects of the treatment are managing us. He has significantly increased production of saliva particularly during the 48 hours of treatment and for a couple of days after; increased mucus; and a dry hacky cough that seems to come on particularly with temperature changes. Because of the increase in this thick saliva and the mucus, he often ends up with this stuff on his stomach which greatly reduces his appetite for several days. We've had some success with salt water washes. We've also tried over-the-counter meds like Sudafed, Zyrtec, and Bendadryl to try to dry up the mucus but some haven't worked and others have caused unintended consequences. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Since early October he has lost a good bit of weight but it is almost totally due to not being able to consistently eat. We have a single oncologist that we are working with -- not a team of doctors so I am now trying to gather additional information on my own. Thanks so much for any advice...

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