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Folfox Chemotherapy

By Edited May 8, 2014 0 0

Folfox chemotherapy is a combination chemotherapy treatment that is used in the treatment of bowel cancer. The name comes from the drugs that are used in the treatment.

Fol is for folinic acid, F is for fluorouracil and OX is for oxaliplatin. The treatment is given in cycles of treatment with each cycle lasting for two weeks. The doctor will determine the amount of cycles that you will need for your treatment. It can be as many as twelve cycles.

The first two days of the cycle will consist of receiving the medication intravenously. You will receive no treatment for the third through the fourteenth day and then the cycle will begin again.

There are side effects associated with the use of these drugs in your Folfox chemotherapy treatment. Fatigue is one of the most difficult for many people who are receiving the treatment to get past. It can take as long as six months for your energy levels to return to normal after treatment.

Some people also experience a numbness or tingling sensation in their toes and fingers. This is caused by the oxaliplatin and can be made worse with cold. This side effect can occur after the treatment is finished and can last for as long as a few months.

Nausea is one of the side effects that almost all patients will experience. There are anti nausea drugs that can be prescribed by the doctor to help keep this side effect under control. There are also some things that you can do to help control your nausea while you are receiving treatment. The drug oxaliplatin is the cause of the nausea when you are receiving this chemotherapy treatment.

You may also be at an increased risk of infection while you are receiving Folfox chemotherapy. A drop in the amount of white blood cells that occurs during the chemotherapy treatment causes this. It is very important that the patient inform their doctor if they believe they have an infection. The patient can become very ill from infection while they are being treated for cancer.

Also, if the patient is experiencing diarrhea or vomiting while they are receiving treatment, they should make sure to replace the fluids that can be lost. The doctor can give the patient anti diarrhea medication after they receive their chemotherapy.

Dealing with the side effects of Folfox chemotherapy is an important part of getting well. The treatment that is used to fight off your cancer can cause you to feel more ill for a period of time. You will have to do exactly what the doctor has prescribed for the treatment of your cancer. Keeping up your health with a good diet and proper nutrition is important during this time.

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