Thrombocytopenia: low platelet count
Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy: chemo used to make a tumor smaller before surgery or radiation
Port: a small, round disc made of plastic or metal that is placed under the skin. A catheter connects the port to a large vein, most often in the chest. The port is used to insert a needle into it to to give chemo or draw blood.
Infusion Room: The "salon" like looking room where chemo is "infused" into your body.
Chemo is designed to kill fast growing cancer cells. So it can also affect healthy fast growing cells; which include mouth, intestines, bone marrow, hair growth cells. Side affects: fatigue, nausea, vomiting, decreased blood cell count, hair loss, mouth sores, pain. There is also a risk of danger to heart, lungs, nerves, kidneys, reproductive organs.
Feelings during chemo: anxiety, depression, anger, helplessness, lonely, afraid. HELLO!!!
I AM STRONG. I AM LOVED. I AM HEALTHY. WE WILL WIN!