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Hi everyone,

I’ve been reading everyone’s stories since November, cried with you, smiled at your loving memories and felt the turmoil of this awful disease.

My mum has just had her first round of chemo and was just wondering if anyone has any suggestions to ease the sickness? It breaks my heart to see her like this, ironically she has been so well until the chemo which we knew would happen. She has tablets, been having mints, ginger beer, ginger nuts, got her sickness bands on. I know obviously this is a very common side effect but I would do anything in this world just to make this daunting journey a little bit easier.

She is on FOLFIRINOX so not allowed anything cold but how cold does that mean? Terrified of doing anything wrong that could make her feel even worse.

Thank you for your time!

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Hello. I'm just writing to say I understand how you are feeling. I hope yr mams sickness is a short duration. I have heard the first few chemo sessions can be adjusted to suit patient. Ensure the nurses are kept up to date on your mams symptoms? I'm think of you.

Hope tomorrow shows good improvements

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PCUK Nurse Dianne

Hi Mumshelper,

I am sorry to hear Mum is struggling with her first session of chemotherapy. We often suggest to people the first can be so difficult as not knowing what to expect and what might be considered 'normal' at such an abnormal time.

I am sure there will be some other wonderful input from this 'forum family' that will be able to give you some insights and suggestions. I will also touch base outside of this forum with some suggestions too Mumshelper.

Well done on all you are doing for Mum at this time. Please do feel free to touch base with us at any time on the support line too if we can be of further support.

With kind regards,


Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Nurse

Pancreatic Cancer UK

Support line: 0808 801 0707

email: nurse@pancreaticcancer.org.uk

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Hi Mumshelper. My father went through 12 rounds of Folfirinox but never had nausea. His side effects were fatigue-related. And also indigestion. The oncologist prescribed some medicine that was supposed to work on the cortical centres thereby suppressing nausea but we never used it. I guess everyone is different. Best, Vasil.

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