16-04-2014 11:48 AM
I am about to embark on 6 months of chemotherapy ( seeing the chemo nurses today for the first time ). I have scrolled back to pick up on some of your tips and wondered if there are any basic just starting xhemo tips for a newbie? Thanks xx Ruth xx
14-04-2014 12:54 AM
my top tips would be-
or the couple of days every cycle where my mouth was too sensitive even for mild toothpaste - brush gently with bicarbonate of soda instead of toothpaste.
I had horrible acid reflux / heartburn, and I found drinking hazelnut or almond alpro, both of which are v alkaline, to soothe all the passage of my acidic gullet and relieve the acid for a while. Personally I found it more effective than the medical alternatives, and of course it had no side effects and is quite nice!
Good luck everyone x
05-04-2014 07:01 AM
25-03-2014 12:03 PM
Welcome to the forums.
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25-03-2014 11:56 AM
Hi ladies i will be starting my first chemo session in a few weeks once this wound has healed. Have you any tips as to what i should take with me on the day
17-02-2014 09:55 PM
17-02-2014 05:39 PM
21-01-2014 05:10 PM
My tips are on this thread somwehere but have got buried so thought I would post them again:
Love Jo xx
14-01-2014 10:03 PM
12-01-2014 11:54 PM
DONT FORGET to go to the dentist and get floride toothpaste (free on prescription to cancer patients).
Also go to the doctor and ask for Biotene mouthwash and biotene toothpaste - also free on prescription - your doctor may not know about it = just tell him.,
12-01-2014 11:50 PM
I too started FEC on 6 Jan - I had a friend who has gone through it and listened to her advice.....I take Lysine everyday and a multi vitamin bought from holland and barrett (Lycine is an amino acid that blocks cold sores and can help with throat ulcers....my oncologist said I COULD continue to take it....I've had no problems....I also chewed chewing gum (sugar free gum as soon as I got up in the morning and before I went to bed to help with throat issues - and then rinsed with biotene or salt water to get rid of bacteria)....it seems to help - hope it helps you...what about bonjela for adults also.