Re: [IPk] chemo
>last week i was diagnosed with hodgkins and have been
>told i need 6 months of chemo,
>i have been on a pump sice june and was just wondering
>does anyone know how chemo affects diabetes, the
>doctor was not very sure
Hi Claire -
Bad luck with the Hodgkins. It is quite impressive what they can do
these days. I hope things go well for you.
You may know, I've run 3 courses of chemotherapy in the past 12
months, to fight off brain tumour regrowth after the original tumour
was removed in an operation September last year. As far as I know,
chemo comes in many shapes and sizes. My courses consisted of a dose
of lomustine tablets, overnight observation in hospital, then a week
of nothing, and then 14 days of Natulan/procarbazine tablets once a
day. If you're running a 6-month course I guess it will be quite
different. I was given anti-vomit tablets to take as needed, but it
was only on the 2nd course that I had major vomitting attacks. Quite
nasty. Thankfully the pump meant I was under no obligation to eat. I
had to eat nothing for an hour, take the anti-vomit tablets, eat
nothing for an hour, take the chemo tablets, then I had to eat one
hour after that. All worked out OK, and the last check-up showed the
regrowth was substantiallyt reduced, so no more chemo for the moment.
I do remember that my diabetes became immeasurably easier to control
once the original tumour was removed. I hadn't realised how chaotic
things had become before then. On the chemo course I don't recall
anything unusual - but I would have responded to them as they occured.
By all means write to me privately if you want to discuss this further...
All the best -
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