I've just finished my
first round of two weeks of chemotherapy and now get
sometime off to let the chemicals do their magic.
All chemotherapy visits begin with the taking of blood
samples for ananysis. A printed report is usually
available in a few hours with one copy going to the
doctor and a copy to the patient. The results of the
blood analysis is used to follow the patients progress.
The chemo room is a small U-shaped room containing about
eight nicely padded recliners and a nurses station where
two nurses look after the job of hanging the plastic IV
bags on a movable stand and then replacing them when the
stand starts to beep indicating that a bag has been
Most of the chairs are occupied at any one time and most
have a visitor sittingnext to them in a straight backed
chair. Anne sat with me the whole day feeding me an
occasional snack and reading one of the numerous
magazines that are available.
Going to the bathroom involves unplugging your IV bag
stand and rolling it to the bathroom with you and then
back to your chair.
The intravenous introduction of the chemotherapy
chemicals is absolutely
painless and the only discomfort could involve the
insertion of a catheter
into the patients arm if they do not have a port
installed in their shoulder.