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ab chemo was posted 07/02/1999 08:39 am by Robin F
E-mail Address: hubly@sinnfree.org

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Sorry to hear your friend's chemo isn't working as well as hoped. I had intra-abdominal chemo in April at Mayo following exploratory surgery to check a few spots the onc has been watching since my first surgery in 10/96. The cysts were cancerous and not operable catheters were installed for 5FU. It was instilled in three sessions over three days, each treatment lasting several hours. I was on the hospital bed, either on my left side, right side, or flat. The bed itself was flat, head down (this was not fun!) or feet down. I was sedated somewhat for treatment. As I was recovering from abdominal surgery (a nice long incision from breastbone to bikini line) it is hard to say if I had side-effects from the chemo. The obvious one was the swelling and discomfort of having several liters put into the abdomen three days in a row. I looked several months pregnant and felt like I would burst. I will return to Mayo late July for a scan to see if chemo had an effect. Hope this info helps. Robin F

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