Make no mistakes. The side effects are legit. So are the professionals that are managing the treatment plans: the radiation team and chemotherapy team.
Both teams are led by a seasoned oncologist. The oncologist over the radiation team was the first to see me and My Wendy. Dr. Evans, the E.N.T. doctor who set up the consult, was very particular about which doctors he calls to meet his patient’s needs. The lead oncologist and her team gained our faith and trust on the first visit. She and her crew have been competing on the field of cancer treatment for a long time. They know the ways radiation treatments tweak the body over time, and are prepared to handle any and all side effects. She is the one who brought in the second oncologist who will handle the chemotherapy.
His team is well seasoned in its field of expertise. By the drummer’s observation, this team has the bigger challenge. Chemotherapy will course through my veins, whereas radiation will target my neck. Chemotherapy brings with it a large number of side effects the team could encounter. Hair loss and changes in skin color do not concern me nearly as much as dehydration and a degraded immune system.
Both teams will manage any and all side effects WHILE executing their plans! Any break in treatment gives each cancer cell a better chance of escaping the atomic micro-blasts of radiation and the hand-to-hand combat of chemotherapy.
Mom and Dad went through cancer treatment once or twice back in the day. Mom shared that she’d get home from chemotherapy and lay down in the bathroom, next to the toilet, waiting for the violent reactions to the chemotherapy to arrive. It would take a couple of days for her to stop throwing up.
The chemo team will administer drugs to control nausea. I have two prescription drugs at home to help control nausea too. Beyond this, the teams will monitor my body’s reaction to radiation and chemo, counter the side effects, and tweak the plans as needed. The chemo team will draw blood before each session. The team needs to know my body’s current status before going forward with each week’s treatment. The blood report will be shared with the radiation team too.
Cancer sucks!!! Both types of treatment suck too, but are a suck worth enduring. Compared to Mom and Dad, I feel like my treatment will be easy. The teams are much better in the cancer treatment game. They will even more gooder 30 years from now… and it will still suck because a cancer diagnosis brings about the Unwanted Detour Tour.
Got tips or encouraging words? Leave them below please. The game of cancer treatment starts tomorrow. Time to whoop dat ass!!!