Chemotherapies are not all the same. They can be as individual as the cancer they are treating. I have my PICC 2.0 and just started a chemotherapy called Folfox4. Cool name. Get foxy Chemotherapy is often a combinations of drugs. There is the specific cytotoxin that attacks cancer cells and then other drugs and substances added to support this. Folfox4 is specifically for Stage III coloretcal cancer. It has friends treating other colorectal cancers that go by the names Folfiri, Folfoxiri, Folfox6, Folfox7, Fuox, Fufox, Xelox, and Flox. Folfox4 involves three main drugs:
  • Flurouricil - cytotoxin (toxic to cells)
  • Folonic acid - added to support Flurouracil
  • Oxaliplatin - cytotoxin (toxic to cells)
Fol + F + Ox + ? The actual infusion that takes place in the hospital involves even more drugs. These are to control side effects (mainly caused by oxaliplatin) such as nausea, and nerve damage in my fingers and toes. These 'helpers' are given just before the cytotoxins are added to your body:
  • Glucose - yummy
  • Dexamethasone - anti-nusea
  • Kytril - anti-nausea
  • Magnesium suplhate - minimises nerve damage
  • Calcium gluconate - minimises nerve damage
  • Saline - refreshing
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Better name than Folfox?
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Ben i had the same as you, the anti nausea drug used to keep me awake all night!! I also got some other great tablets to take for the nausea, navoban and another one i cant even remember the name of now, before all of this i never even really took panadol!! Goodluck with it all
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From the 3 main drugs - O..,F... F,..-OFF Cocktail???
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Sorry,forgot to say all the best.
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I use Mozilla Firefox. I found that Internet Explorer did not cure my cancer. Either did Google Chrome. I have high hopes for Firefox, but to cover myself I am engaging in some surreptitious newspaper and book reading, especially over coffee in the early spring sunshine. There is definitely more Vitamin D in newspapers and books. H
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Love your work Harker!
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Hi there! My darling husband has been taken off his syringe driver of hydromorphone and put onto kapenol tablets (8 a day), dexmethasone (I thought it was to increase his appetite- but maybe it is nausea), pregabalin, somac, panadol and a few other bits and pieces for the pain caused by his cancer and peritonectomy. He is now a hopeless insomniac- falls asleep in the shower, on the toilet, while driving the car (I have banned him now....)but is unable to sleep at night, in his own bed, and is constantly on the prowl.... Obviously myself and our two young children are not around to keep him amused so boredom sets in.... Does anyone have any ideas for sleep? He has been to a clinic to try to regulate his sleeping patterns, does meditation, takes both natural and prescribed sleeping pills (imovane does weird stuff though- on his second last stint in hospital, he got fully dressed in the middle of the night and told the nurses he was off to Surfers Paradise for a beer and a dance....but remembers none of it!) Any advice would be grand! Take care out there! PA
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Hi there! My darling husband has been taken off his syringe driver of hydromorphone and put onto kapenol tablets (8 a day), dexmethasone (I thought it was to increase his appetite- but maybe it is nausea), pregabalin, somac, panadol and a few other bits and pieces for the pain caused by his cancer and peritonectomy. He is now a hopeless insomniac- falls asleep in the shower, on the toilet, while driving the car (I have banned him now....)but is unable to sleep at night, in his own bed, and is constantly on the prowl.... Obviously myself and our two young children are not around to keep him amused so boredom sets in.... Does anyone have any ideas for sleep? He has been to a clinic to try to regulate his sleeping patterns, does meditation, takes both natural and prescribed sleeping pills (imovane does weird stuff though- on his second last stint in hospital, he got fully dressed in the middle of the night and told the nurses he was off to Surfers Paradise for a beer and a dance....but remembers none of it!) Any advice would be grand! Take care out there! PA
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Hi there! My darling husband has been taken off his syringe driver of hydromorphone and put onto kapenol tablets (8 a day), dexmethasone (I thought it was to increase his appetite- but maybe it is nausea), pregabalin, somac, panadol and a few other bits and pieces for the pain caused by his cancer and peritonectomy. He is now a hopeless insomniac- falls asleep in the shower, on the toilet, while driving the car (I have banned him now....)but is unable to sleep at night, in his own bed, and is constantly on the prowl.... Obviously myself and our two young children are not around to keep him amused so boredom sets in.... Does anyone have any ideas for sleep? He has been to a clinic to try to regulate his sleeping patterns, does meditation, takes both natural and prescribed sleeping pills (imovane does weird stuff though- on his second last stint in hospital, he got fully dressed in the middle of the night and told the nurses he was off to Surfers Paradise for a beer and a dance....but remembers none of it!) Any advice would be grand! Take care out there! PA
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Hi there! My darling husband has been taken off his syringe driver of hydromorphone and put onto kapenol tablets (8 a day), dexmethasone (I thought it was to increase his appetite- but maybe it is nausea), pregabalin, somac, panadol and a few other bits and pieces for the pain caused by his cancer and peritonectomy. He is now a hopeless insomniac- falls asleep in the shower, on the toilet, while driving the car (I have banned him now....)but is unable to sleep at night, in his own bed, and is constantly on the prowl.... Obviously myself and our two young children are not around to keep him amused so boredom sets in.... Does anyone have any ideas for sleep? He has been to a clinic to try to regulate his sleeping patterns, does meditation, takes both natural and prescribed sleeping pills (imovane does weird stuff though- on his second last stint in hospital, he got fully dressed in the middle of the night and told the nurses he was off to Surfers Paradise for a beer and a dance....but remembers none of it!) Any advice would be grand! Take care out there! PA
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Hi there! My darling husband has been taken off his syringe driver of hydromorphone and put onto kapenol tablets (8 a day), dexmethasone (I thought it was to increase his appetite- but maybe it is nausea), pregabalin, somac, panadol and a few other bits and pieces for the pain caused by his cancer and peritonectomy. He is now a hopeless insomniac- falls asleep in the shower, on the toilet, while driving the car (I have banned him now....)but is unable to sleep at night, in his own bed, and is constantly on the prowl.... Obviously myself and our two young children are not around to keep him amused so boredom sets in.... Does anyone have any ideas for sleep? He has been to a clinic to try to regulate his sleeping patterns, does meditation, takes both natural and prescribed sleeping pills (imovane does weird stuff though- on his second last stint in hospital, he got fully dressed in the middle of the night and told the nurses he was off to Surfers Paradise for a beer and a dance....but remembers none of it!) Any advice would be grand! Take care out there! PA
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Hi there! My darling husband has been taken off his syringe driver of hydromorphone and put onto kapenol tablets (8 a day), dexmethasone (I thought it was to increase his appetite- but maybe it is nausea), pregabalin, somac, panadol and a few other bits and pieces for the pain caused by his cancer and peritonectomy. He is now a hopeless insomniac- falls asleep in the shower, on the toilet, while driving the car (I have banned him now....)but is unable to sleep at night, in his own bed, and is constantly on the prowl.... Obviously myself and our two young children are not around to keep him amused so boredom sets in.... Does anyone have any ideas for sleep? He has been to a clinic to try to regulate his sleeping patterns, does meditation, takes both natural and prescribed sleeping pills (imovane does weird stuff though- on his second last stint in hospital, he got fully dressed in the middle of the night and told the nurses he was off to Surfers Paradise for a beer and a dance....but remembers none of it!) Any advice would be grand! Take care out there! PA
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Hi there! My darling husband has been taken off his syringe driver of hydromorphone and put onto kapenol tablets (8 a day), dexmethasone (I thought it was to increase his appetite- but maybe it is nausea), pregabalin, somac, panadol and a few other bits and pieces for the pain caused by his cancer and peritonectomy. He is now a hopeless insomniac- falls asleep in the shower, on the toilet, while driving the car (I have banned him now....)but is unable to sleep at night, in his own bed, and is constantly on the prowl.... Obviously myself and our two young children are not around to keep him amused so boredom sets in.... Does anyone have any ideas for sleep? He has been to a clinic to try to regulate his sleeping patterns, does meditation, takes both natural and prescribed sleeping pills (imovane does weird stuff though- on his second last stint in hospital, he got fully dressed in the middle of the night and told the nurses he was off to Surfers Paradise for a beer and a dance....but remembers none of it!) Any advice would be grand! Take care out there! PA
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Hi there! My darling husband has been taken off his syringe driver of hydromorphone and put onto kapenol tablets (8 a day), dexmethasone (I thought it was to increase his appetite- but maybe it is nausea), pregabalin, somac, panadol and a few other bits and pieces for the pain caused by his cancer and peritonectomy. He is now a hopeless insomniac- falls asleep in the shower, on the toilet, while driving the car (I have banned him now....)but is unable to sleep at night, in his own bed, and is constantly on the prowl.... Obviously myself and our two young children are not around to keep him amused so boredom sets in.... Does anyone have any ideas for sleep? He has been to a clinic to try to regulate his sleeping patterns, does meditation, takes both natural and prescribed sleeping pills (imovane does weird stuff though- on his second last stint in hospital, he got fully dressed in the middle of the night and told the nurses he was off to Surfers Paradise for a beer and a dance....but remembers none of it!) Any advice would be grand! Take care out there! PA
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Hi there! My darling husband has been taken off his syringe driver of hydromorphone and put onto kapenol tablets (8 a day), dexmethasone (I thought it was to increase his appetite- but maybe it is nausea), pregabalin, somac, panadol and a few other bits and pieces for the pain caused by his cancer and peritonectomy. He is now a hopeless insomniac- falls asleep in the shower, on the toilet, while driving the car (I have banned him now....)but is unable to sleep at night, in his own bed, and is constantly on the prowl.... Obviously myself and our two young children are not around to keep him amused so boredom sets in.... Does anyone have any ideas for sleep? He has been to a clinic to try to regulate his sleeping patterns, does meditation, takes both natural and prescribed sleeping pills (imovane does weird stuff though- on his second last stint in hospital, he got fully dressed in the middle of the night and told the nurses he was off to Surfers Paradise for a beer and a dance....but remembers none of it!) Any advice would be grand! Take care out there! PA
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Hi there! My darling husband has been taken off his syringe driver of hydromorphone and put onto kapenol tablets (8 a day), dexmethasone (I thought it was to increase his appetite- but maybe it is nausea), pregabalin, somac, panadol and a few other bits and pieces for the pain caused by his cancer and peritonectomy. He is now a hopeless insomniac- falls asleep in the shower, on the toilet, while driving the car (I have banned him now....)but is unable to sleep at night, in his own bed, and is constantly on the prowl.... Obviously myself and our two young children are not around to keep him amused so boredom sets in.... Does anyone have any ideas for sleep? He has been to a clinic to try to regulate his sleeping patterns, does meditation, takes both natural and prescribed sleeping pills (imovane does weird stuff though- on his second last stint in hospital, he got fully dressed in the middle of the night and told the nurses he was off to Surfers Paradise for a beer and a dance....but remembers none of it!) Any advice would be grand! Take care out there! PA
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Hi there! My darling husband has been taken off his syringe driver of hydromorphone and put onto kapenol tablets (8 a day), dexmethasone (I thought it was to increase his appetite- but maybe it is nausea), pregabalin, somac, panadol and a few other bits and pieces for the pain caused by his cancer and peritonectomy. He is now a hopeless insomniac- falls asleep in the shower, on the toilet, while driving the car (I have banned him now....)but is unable to sleep at night, in his own bed, and is constantly on the prowl.... Obviously myself and our two young children are not around to keep him amused so boredom sets in.... Does anyone have any ideas for sleep? He has been to a clinic to try to regulate his sleeping patterns, does meditation, takes both natural and prescribed sleeping pills (imovane does weird stuff though- on his second last stint in hospital, he got fully dressed in the middle of the night and told the nurses he was off to Surfers Paradise for a beer and a dance....but remembers none of it!) Any advice would be grand! Take care out there! PA
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Hi there! My darling husband has been taken off his syringe driver of hydromorphone and put onto kapenol tablets (8 a day), dexmethasone (I thought it was to increase his appetite- but maybe it is nausea), pregabalin, somac, panadol and a few other bits and pieces for the pain caused by his cancer and peritonectomy. He is now a hopeless insomniac- falls asleep in the shower, on the toilet, while driving the car (I have banned him now....)but is unable to sleep at night, in his own bed, and is constantly on the prowl.... Obviously myself and our two young children are not around to keep him amused so boredom sets in.... Does anyone have any ideas for sleep? He has been to a clinic to try to regulate his sleeping patterns, does meditation, takes both natural and prescribed sleeping pills (imovane does weird stuff though- on his second last stint in hospital, he got fully dressed in the middle of the night and told the nurses he was off to Surfers Paradise for a beer and a dance....but remembers none of it!) Any advice would be grand! Take care out there! PA
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Hi there! My darling husband has been taken off his syringe driver of hydromorphone and put onto kapenol tablets (8 a day), dexmethasone (I thought it was to increase his appetite- but maybe it is nausea), pregabalin, somac, panadol and a few other bits and pieces for the pain caused by his cancer and peritonectomy. He is now a hopeless insomniac- falls asleep in the shower, on the toilet, while driving the car (I have banned him now....)but is unable to sleep at night, in his own bed, and is constantly on the prowl.... Obviously myself and our two young children are not around to keep him amused so boredom sets in.... Does anyone have any ideas for sleep? He has been to a clinic to try to regulate his sleeping patterns, does meditation, takes both natural and prescribed sleeping pills (imovane does weird stuff though- on his second last stint in hospital, he got fully dressed in the middle of the night and told the nurses he was off to Surfers Paradise for a beer and a dance....but remembers none of it!) Any advice would be grand! Take care out there! PA
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