I need some information about chemotherapy regimens and cancer, but not really the kind that can be found on Google. I've got plenty of knowledge about what kinds of drugs, how long, the procedures for surgery, the length of radiation, etc. What I need to know is the personal experiences that can't be quantified as easily in journals, although I've about killed Google Scholar, trying to find medical journals that really deal with this.
I'm looking for information from cancer survivors -- I'm interested in your experiences with chemotherapy, in specific.
My fictional patient is a 37 year old male suffering from a Type IIA osteosarcoma in his femur, near the knee. He's on a regimen of doxorubicin and cisplatin, with methotrexate during the 3rd and 4th week of the 5 week cycle.
Now, doxorubicin and cisplatin are nasty drugs with nasty side effects. I'm wondering if any of you detailers have been on both/either of these drugs, what your experiences are with them, etc. I'd be interested if you could rate your nausea levels and frequency, fatigue, lower GI distress, how quickly your hair began to fall out, etc. Like, if 10 was "give me a gun and I'll eat the bullet," how bad would you rate your experience on these drugs. What things did you try to make you feel better, and what things made you feel worse? How long after administration of the chemo did you start to feel the initial nausea? How long did it last? Same for fatigue.
Even if you weren't on that specific regimen of drugs, I'd be interested in hearing from anyone about their experiences with chemotherapy.
Additionally, my patient was not diagnosed with the sarcoma until he broke his leg surfing, from an accident that should NOT have caused a break. So, with all the chemo going on, he's also got a broken femur, again, down near the knee.
For those of you who have had broken femurs, how badly would you rate the pain? How long before you could put weight on it, even if you couldn't totally bear weight with it? Did you use a crutch? How awkward did it make getting around?
Any and all experiences would be ridiculously helpful! Thanks so much!!