How soon should I start chemotherapy?
It is usually accepted that adjuvant chemotherapy should begin within 8 weeks after surgery, and most clinical trials mandate that it should be started within 6 to 8 weeks after surgery.
How Long Can chemotherapy be delayed?
Short, planned delays in chemotherapy for good-risk GCT patients (less than or equal to 7 days per cycle) appear to be acceptable since they may prevent serious toxicity in this curable patient population. Delays of longer than 7 days are strongly discouraged except in extraordinary life-threatening circumstances.
Can you wait to start chemotherapy?
While doctors don’t usually want to delay chemo, patients generally need some time to recover from surgery and prepare for the procedure.
What does the first chemo treatment feel like?
The day after your first treatment you may feel tired or very fatigued. Plan on resting, as this gives your body the chance to respond to the chemotherapy, and begin the recovery cycle. Remember that chemo affects every cell in your body. Stay well-hydrated by drinking lots of water or juice.
Is second chemo worse than first?
Overall, my second round of chemo went much better than the first… thanks to an adjustment Dr. Soule made based on my round one experience (she extended my steroid to be taken for three days after chemo, instead of just one, though with smaller doses on each day).
What is the 7 day rule in chemotherapy?
The chemotherapy will usually be given over several days, and you’ll then have a break of at least 7 days to recover before starting chemotherapy again. The aim of this treatment is to remove most or all of the cancer cells from your body. When this happens it is called being ‘in remission’.
Can you skip a cycle of chemo?
In general, it’s not a good idea to skip chemotherapy for vacations or other personal events. But you can ask the staff members at your treatment center to help you plan your treatment cycles so that any events take place when you’re likely to be feeling good.
Why would chemo be delayed?
Toxicity. If your dose of chemotherapy causes side effects severe enough to delay treatment, your cancer doctor may lower your dose of chemotherapy. This may make it safer for you. If you are too sick or weak to receive chemotherapy, your treatment will be delayed.
Is there a limit to chemotherapy?
There’s no way to give an exact time limit. The answer depends entirely on your situation and many factors, such as: The type of cancer you have. The treatment schedule or plan.
How long does chemo take to shrink a tumor?
In general, chemotherapy can take about 3 to 6 months to complete. It may take more or less time, depending on the type of chemo and the stage of your condition. It’s also broken down into cycles, which last 2 to 6 weeks each.
Can you have surgery while on chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy courses often extend over many months. Our study results suggest that surgery can be safely performed concurrent with chemotherapy. The quality of life benefits of surgical treatment of cataracts should not be withheld based on chemotherapy status alone.