I could certainly do without these constant obstacles

@Asylum (47313)
Manchester, England
September 7, 2017 5:17am CST
Ever since my chemotherapy treatment began I have had obstacles of one kind or another, even resulting in 3 days hospitalisation on two separate occasions. My current treatment was set for 9 chemotherapy sessions in total, of which yesterday’s was number 9. I was really looking forward to this final session being completed and finding out how successful or otherwise the result has been. A few minutes prior to the treatment completing the machine stopped. On examination it appeared that the cannula had actually become dislodged from the vein and had pumped some of the chemotherapy drug into my tissue just below the skin. It seems that this can cause damage to the tissue, so the cannula was removed and a doctor was summoned. I was given a special cream to apply over the next 7 days and also a frozen gel pack to apply. The gel pack had to be applied for 30 minutes every 4 hours over a 24 hour period. This involved using it from 10 to 10-30 PM last night, then 2 to 2-30 AM and again at 6 to 6-30 AM. It may turn out to be a minor issue with no real cause for concern, but I could have done without such problems for my final treatment.
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@JolietJake (41457)
7 Sep
Of course, 'liking' this discussion doesn't mean I liked what it was about and what happened, but you know that. I do hope it turns out to be nothing of any real concern.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
7 Sep
It is likely to do so, but that does not stop me from being apprehensive.
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@vandana7 (57515)
• India
7 Sep
Me too...had difficulty in pressing that like..
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• United States
8 Sep
I agree, I hit that like button out of habit, but it doesn't mean I really like it.
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@Kandae11 (27133)
7 Sep
Sorry about that. Those administering the chemotherapy should have been much more careful.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
7 Sep
I feel that it would be unfair to apportion blame.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
8 Sep
Oh dear @Asylum..yes you could have done without these obstacles and this one in particular..they better get it right the next time, even if it was not their fault. I can imagine how this has made you anxious and now more waiting.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
8 Sep
I am hoping that there will not be another chemotherapy for a while.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
8 Sep
@Asylum Yes that would be the ideal @Asylum, but in the case that there is...They will do some more tests now will they to find out how the chemo did I suppose right?
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
9 Sep
@TiarasOceanView Yes, probably a scan and/or X-ray.
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• United States
9 Sep
@Asylum I'm sorry you have had problems. Still sending prayers!
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
10 Sep
There does not appear to be any lasting damage.
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@Susan2015 (18707)
• United States
9 Sep
I'm sorry that happened to you. I hope it stays a minor issue.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
10 Sep
That seems to be the case so far.
@LadyDuck (122378)
• Switzerland
7 Sep
Oh my goodness Barry, I hope that this is the end of the problems. You really had constant obstacles during your treatments. How is the affected area today? I hope nothing serious.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
7 Sep
The area seems okay, although I cannot be sure what it is like under the skin. Now I am due for a consultation on Monday to discuss the overall situation.
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@LadyDuck (122378)
• Switzerland
8 Sep
@Asylum For what I understood you already did the 9 treatments and there are no more scheduled for the future. I hope you are going to have good news on Monday.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
8 Sep
@LadyDuck Yes I have completed the schedule of nine chemotherapy treatments, but the future is still unknown. On Monday I will have a scan and the doctor will determine the results, at which time she will either schedule further chemotherapy, radiotherapy or hopefully a further assessment in a few months.
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@celticeagle (114492)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Sep
Yes, on the final treatment too. Hope your tissue heals okay.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
7 Sep
Only time will tell. Right now I accept it as an unfortunate incident, but yesterday I was horrified.
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@celticeagle (114492)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Sep
@Asylum .....I bet you were. You have your brother with you, right?
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
7 Sep
@celticeagle He is on holiday in Germany this week.
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• United States
8 Sep
Oh no, I hope it is minor and when you say this was your 9 out of 9 sessions, does this mean that possibly the cancer has been removed?
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
8 Sep
No, cancer cannot actually be cured. The best scenario is to subdue the cancer so that it only requires monitoring for the present, but even then it will eventually return and flare up.
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• United States
8 Sep
@Asylum Oh, that stinks. I just replied on my post about one of my professors who went for this test and because he was cancer free for so long, I thought he said he was cured. Maybe I misread it.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
8 Sep
@Carmelanirel2 I believe the accepted term is 'in remission' which constitutes a period of relatively free from symptoms.
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• Preston, England
7 Sep
ouch, right at the final fence too - hope it clears up ok
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
7 Sep
I have recently managed the last 30 minutes of the ice pack, which was the real inconvenient factor. Now I shall continue with the cream and hope for the best.
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• Preston, England
7 Sep
@Asylum I had to use frozen peas as an ice pack when I shattered my ankle about 20 years ago
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
8 Sep
@arthurchappell I have a couple of gel packs of my own, but they still insisted on supplying one.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
What a pain that is and for it to happen at the last treatment. I hope it causes no further problems for you.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
11 Sep
It now turns out that it is not my last chemotherapy because I have been scheduled for 3 more in 2 weeks time.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Sep
@Asylum Ohhh, well, I hope that that is a good thing for you. Take care.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
11 Sep
@JamesHxstatic I would have preferred a period of inactivity, but at least I am making progress.
@Happy2BeMe (69867)
• Canada
7 Sep
Sorry to hear all that you have been going through. I hope this will be the end of all the other problems you have been facing.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
8 Sep
I will be assessed on Monday and may be fortunate enough to have a rest period.
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@Happy2BeMe (69867)
• Canada
8 Sep
@Asylum h0e Monday brings you better news
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
8 Sep
@Happy2BeMe So do I.
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• United States
17 Sep
I read and commented on this but must have moved on before it registered. I hope it did turn out to be a minor concern.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
18 Sep
Yes, fortunately it was not too serious.
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• United States
19 Sep
@Asylum good to hear that anyway!
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@sallypup (21968)
• Moses Lake, Washington
8 Sep
How awful. I hope things go better for you from now on.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
8 Sep
It was certainly a worrying situation.
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@sallypup (21968)
• Moses Lake, Washington
8 Sep
@Asylum I'm sure it was. Take care.
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@peachpurple (10708)
• Malaysia
7 Sep
So sorry that you have to go through the hassle. Very tiring. Isn't it?
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
8 Sep
Oh yes, I am totally weary every day recently.
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@peachpurple (10708)
• Malaysia
11 Sep
@Asylum do try to rest well
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@LilyBeBack (1705)
• United Kingdom
12 Sep
I've been on one of my long breaks and I'm really really sad to see that this is what you've been dealing with, I hope this mishap hasn't caused you too much worry on top of everything else xxx
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
12 Sep
It was horrifying at the time, but not too bad now that it is in the past.
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@Shiva49 (9689)
• Singapore
12 Sep
That is indeed an unfortunate turn of events though not .that damaging. I do hope all ends well and the treatment is a success - siva
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
12 Sep
The problem does not seem to have been as serious as I originally thought.
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@Inlemay (17336)
• South Africa
10 Sep
Shame - sorry to hear, its as if one had to go the difficult route, to get to the end . . .
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
10 Sep
At the time it seemed that everything was going wrong from beginning to end.
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@Srbageldog (5567)
• United States
8 Sep
Sorry to hear that happened! Seems like it's been one thing after another. Hopefully it doesn't cause any serious issues or lasting damage to your tissue.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
8 Sep
It seems okay so far, so I should be fine.
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@Fleura (6225)
• United Kingdom
7 Sep
Oh how unpleasant! You can certainly do without those night-time disturbances just when you need rest to help with your treatment. I hope it has no long-term effects.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
7 Sep
So do I, it was definitely not what I was hoping for.
@vandana7 (57515)
• India
7 Sep
Aw...yes, you could certainly have been better off without it. I thought doctors supervise such things.
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@Asylum (47313)
• Manchester, England
7 Sep
No, the chemotherapy is administered by a team of nurses. The nurses are very professional, so this was not anyone's fault.
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