FCR (chemotherapy) - your experience

For those who have had FCR how was it ? Did you manage to work? I have read that hair thins - did you experience that ? Sorry for all the questions xx

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Hi, sorry I cannot help but please do let us know how your FCR goes and you are feeling and thinking, take care of yourself.

Hi I have just finished cycle 1 of FCR as yet my hair hasn’t got any thinner but it could be early days
Also I have managed to only have two days off work
As for side effects I’ve had nausea but tablets have sorted that out
I was a bit light headed and a tingling feeling running down both arms to my finger tips for one day only.
This might happen when my bloods are at there lowest point on treatment

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Thankyou, that’s really helpful x

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Hi SP7,
Firstly I would say that from my knowledge of reading/speaking to others that have had FCR, people respond differently, some with few side affects while others have more.
Personally, I found the first week of each cycle fairly grim - nauseous, no energy (struggled even to shower), constipated, didn’t sleep well. Struggled to eat / drink. 2nd week of each cycle, gradually improved and by 3rd + 4th week fairly good. I did end up in hospital a few times during the first 2 cycles, after which they reduced my FCR dose as my body was unable to tolerate the high level. I would say that as the cycles go on, you recovery takes longer between cycles. Your body is taking a hammering after all!
My hair did become thinner, started losing it during the 2nd cycle, but never lost it completely. I had some spells of really itchy skin, especially during the hot summer months.
I had hoped to work between cycles - when my dose was reduced I did manage a few hours I weeks 3+4 of the cycle. But literally I am talking 3 hours alternate days! Good ‘distraction therapy’ though.
Post FCR treatment I had a scan and further tests which showed a good response to the treatment. I am now a year post chemo. Still have some fatigue and my immune system is paralysed. Have to take preventative antibiotics and antivirals, and remain neutropenic.
Hope your treatment goes well. Do talk to your CNS / Consultant re any concerns/side affects - they can often improve matters by tweaking meds etc.

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Thankyou very much. I see my consultant on the 4th so will ask questions then.

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Hi @SP7 - is FCR what you have been recommended for your SLL? How are you feeling about it?

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Yes my consultant has recommended it as a first treatment. Thankyou.

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Good luck, we are here if you need anything at all!

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Welcome to the forum. I hope that your treatment is going well. I am pleased that your nausea is under control. I used to eat crystallised or stem ginger to help too. I am sure nibbling on ginger biscuits would help too. Best wishes x

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Hi @Pisces56 and @Coxy I reckon perhaps dunking ginger biccies first would help too. Mind you thinking about it I just like the taste of dunked biccies.

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Just spent 3 1/2 days in hospital. Weng to A&E with a cough and a temperature. My neutrophils were 0.3 and I had an infection so pumped full of antibiotics and had injections to boost my neutrophils. Due my next cycle on the 3rd, fingers crossed I will be okay x

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Hi @SP7 I am pleased that your infection was picked up and you had treatment. Hopefully your neutrafils will start to pick up. Don’t forget that Bloodwise have patient information on eating well with neutropenia, available online or to order.
There are other information booklets which you may also find useful. Check out the Bloodwise website for what is available

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Hi, thanks so much for updating us. I am so glad you went to A&E, I am of the opinion that the patient is often the expert on themselves and I know, and get a certain feeling, if something really is wrong. Yes, we will also keep our fingers crossed for you, please let us know how you get on. Take lots of care of yourself.

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