Wanted to drop in and provide an update. Been taking Xeloda since Tuesday morning, and had the infusion of Oxaliplatin Tuesday afternoon. Tues/Wed easy days and I pushed myself to go work out at the gym. Thursday the steroid or whatever wore off and the nausea was pretty real. I didn't take any anti-nausea drugs though (because I naturally run constipated), attempted to fix it with marijuana, successfully.
Friday, minor to moderate nausea (5/10) until I tried marijuana at 4pm and erased it almost immediately. Crazy. Friend came from out of town and I was able to eat a lot of the shephard's pie.
Saturday, headache from 3pm-6pm and took an aspirin and tried to nap but it barely helped to close my eyes. It passed so whatever
Ended up still having an okay night after that.
Sunday again nausea from when I wake up (2/10), goes away until after dinner, back again from 9pm-12am. Was hard to get food down at 11pm to take the Xeloda.
The pills make me feel almost a bit disassociative. I feel the brain fog / chemo brain for sure all the time. Honestly though, overall much better than expected and hope it continues to be this 'easy'. I realize it will likely get tougher but hopefully, my tools to combat the issues which arise will be better also.
Colonoscopy due to occasional blood in stool.
DX: Rectal Cancer, 7-12-19 @ age 36, male
CEA Levels of 3.0, seems to be T1 at first glance (and hopefully forever?).
Moderately differentiated cells. 12 to 15cm from anal verge
7-26-19 --Dr. calls to advise upon rerunning pathology, sm3 depth...
TME surgery scheduled for 8/21/19
Successful surgery and feeling good so far
2/15 Lymph nodes had cancer.
Stage 3A T1cN1M0