First week of chemo

Here’s the schedule for this week:

Monday AM – I go in for an MRI, the last scan scheduled – at the last minute by my oncologist. I don’t have claustrophobia so I think I’ll do okay, it’s the super-early start time (6:30AM) I disagree with, as some of you are aware I’m not a morning person.

Tuesday AM – I’m back at the Duke University Hospital to receive my port implant – again with the early start time (8:30). I’ll be sedated for this one so no eating or drinking anything beforehand. Bleah.

Wednesday AM – back early (8:00) for my first round of chemotherapy. Finally we get the show on the road and the physical destruction (and subsequent healing) can begin. This will take several hours, every 2 weeks, for about 12 sessions.  For those of you following along at home, I’ll be taking a combination of Folfox and Avastin, along with Fluorouracil 5-FU , Leucovorin, Oxaliplatin, and Bevacizumab. With a water chaser, hopefully.

11 thoughts on “First week of chemo”

  1. they’re gonna give you chemo for 24 weeks? Are you going to have surgery, or is it wait and see? Those drug names seem like Harry Potter. I like the FU one. FU2.

  2. Nulasta is a medication to keep in mind, it helps to build up the white blood cells that chemo knocks down. You may notneed this right away hopefully you won’t need it at all. I just want you to be aware of it and to be well informed of your options. I hope things are going at least as well as expected, or better. We love you!

  3. the beginning of a tough journey, but one you will complete with flying colors. stay positive and rely on those who love you for support. we are all behind you.

  4. Hi Eric,

    We hope they won’t tell you that you can’t drink any beer … especially your own great brew.

    We know your journey won’t be a cakewalk, but you’ll tough it out. We admire you for doing the blog. Hell, we admire you for a dozen reasons.

    We love you and Christine. Stay strong.

    Bob and Millie

  5. Hi Eric,
    There is know way you are not beating the big “C”
    All of us here on the west coast are betting on it.
    Love and prayers to you and Christine, stay strong.
    Aunt Dot

  6. Wishing you all the ambition to kick this cancers butt! (No pun intended)…. Many prayers, hugs and love your way! Joy

  7. Hi Eric,
    So happy everything is going well so far, know you are strong and healthy and will be all well soon. I think of you every day
    and look at your blog to keep up[ on you, love to all of your
    family.
    Aunt Dot

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