Cartech, I'll be doing chemo Monday, too. If you end up switching to NW, maybe I'll see you in the infusion room (which incidentally has a nice view of the lake if you wind up at Arkes with Dr Stein instead of Galter where the rest of oncology is).
I have been ok on chemo but I'm not sure I would describe the side effects as easy to control. My first round was pretty smooth, mostly fatigue and one day of diarrhea which a single dose of Imodium knocked out. My neuropathy was minor, and the acupuncturist at Osher Center has been treating my fingertips with laser so thus far anything I've been experiencing has been gone mid-cycle.
With later rounds, I noticed I've had to get more proactive treating side effects - a single dose isn't enough of anti-nausea or Imodium, I need to be on a schedule.
Appetite has been a big problem. I started out strong with a very strict diet and figured out quickly there was no way to maintain it AND keep my weight on (I'm 5'7" and down to about 105 lbs). So I've had to adjust my approach there. My taste hasn't changed too much but some of the things I used to love - like coffee and wine - have lost all appeal.
Doesn't look like you're on an EGFR inhibitor, but once that is in the mix, prepare for a nasty rash. Most of my time and energy the past few weeks has been focused on trying to keep that at bay!
45 YO mom of twins (9) and lucky stepmom of 14/17 year olds
9/17/18 DX stage 4 CRC w inoperable liver mets CEA 931
10/18 FOLFOX + Vectibix
12/18 typhlitis (7 days in hospital) but largest met down to 5 cm.
12/18 CEA 4.6
1/18 Resume chemo (#6-8)
3/19 HAI pump placement / colon resection
4/19 Resume chemo (#9-19) FOLFOX (no OX) + Vectibix
5/19 CEA 1.3
7/19 liver resection
10/19 liver resection
1/20 NED! CEA 0.6
3/20 two new liver mets; FOLFIRI (5) and then add Vectibix (5)
8/20 CEA 0.7