June #36 : When Chemo Calls - by Lark Lands

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Some Like It Hot

Body Snatchers

Sleeping With the Enemy

Out on a Lymphoma

ADAP or Perish

When Chemo Calls

Cliff Hanger

No Ordinary Patsy

Over Bite

Outlandish Behavior

Film Freak

Where to Find It

Milking It

Out of Africa

Nuke Wars

Cheap Sex

What a Croc

A Sari State

Karate Kid

Play Safe

Shot in the Arm

The Page Is the Rage


To the Editor

Touching Tale

Say What

Cosmo Confessions

Full of Spunk

POZ Picks

The Art of War


Bull Market

Final Analysis

The Secret Origin of Positoid

Wheels of Love

Party Favors

Cervix Service

Don’t Be So Sensitive

Hair Goes!

Hear Her Roar

Smear Campaign

If You Buy One Book...

Camp Heartland

Ladies First

New Drug watch

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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June 1998

When Chemo Calls

by Lark Lands

How to make the best of it

  • Doctors and nurses aren't infallible; therapy mistakes can be deadly. Ask in advance for a detailed description -- what drugs in what dosages given over what period of time. Then monitor the process, and yell if something's not right.
  • Drink two to three quarts of water daily to help protect your kidneys.
  • Bone up on drugs that counter side effects -- such as erythropoietin (Epogen) for low red blood counts and G-CSF (Neupogen) for low white blood counts -- and never accept nausea; many drugs, marijuana and home remedies can treat it (see POZ, March 1997, p. 103). And prepare yourself to prod for anything you need.
  • Consider using nutrients for body support after chemo treatments: B-12 and folic acid for the bone marrow and antioxidants (selenium, vitamins E and C, alpha-lipoic acid, carotenoid complex and N-acetyl-cysteine) to support the liver and counter oxidative stress.

Editor's note: Scott O'Hara died of chemo-related kidney failure while revising this article. See Tribute.

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