Rachel and all, 5FU is THE CHEMO for colon cancer treatments. It has proven itself for over 30 years (an Onc RN claimed 50). I believe it’s better to take a break when your body tells you that it is over-stressed. Irinotecan can cause explosive diarrhea- but otherwise I haven’t felt horrible effects from it. They load me with atropine before infusion to help avoid that (not going into horror stories of filling pants during infusion). I wear diaper when getting Irinotecan - but for recent rounds haven’t experienced diarrhea. But I keep Lomotil (diphen/atrop) handy as it works like an off switch when the diarrhea hits.
I persevered through FOLFOX 11 years ago; I feel the impact of the Oxaliplatin to be more uncomfortable, so am glad the Folfiri is working on me.
NOW I am taking a BREAK from chemo to rebuild my immune system. Decrease mouth sores, sore teeth and be able to fend-off viruses. Plus for hair to grow back.
I strongly believe one must be in touch with his/her body. How will you beat the cancer if your body is knocked down to an unhealthy state?
For nausea they prescribed both Ondansetron & Prochlorper to use and alternate as needed. At times I just take a Tum and just gut-out the yechy feeling.
I am gently beginning the protocol with Fenbendazole (see www.mycancerstory.rocks
). A 2008 study shows that FZ immediately built neutrophils in mice. So even if this dog dewormer doesn’t beat cancer, if it gets my white blood counts up (as it appears to have done) then it’s worth trying.
KETOGENIC STATE; I am keeping in Ketosis in an attempt to starve the cancer. Human Studies seem to have shown it HELPS YOU TOLERATE CHEMO at least.
I wish that cancer-INC.would more seriously accept the findings of Otto Warburg from 100 years ago. Some are now investigating how our bodies run fine burning fat/ketones and that cancer can’t, as it prefers the sugar/glucose.