Interview of Patient 4
Chemotherapy side effects
DR LOVE: So, what kinds of problems did you actually have with the chemo?
PATIENT 4: I have four medications for nausea. So, I don’t really get too nauseous, but I get a little queasy. And I think the worst part is – and this is my take on it – is around – I have chemo on Monday. And around Friday or Saturday, I don’t feel very good. I feel crabby. And my children have told me that I bark at them.
DR LOVE: What about actual nausea or vomiting? Have you had that?
PATIENT 4: No vomiting and some nausea.
DR LOVE: Hmm. How about your hair?
PATIENT 4: It’s thinning, but it hasn’t completely fallen out yet.
DR LOVE: Any other symptoms or problems that you’ve noticed?
PATIENT 4: No. Other than the nausea on day five or six, which I wasn’t anticipating, and the fatigue. That is the biggest one. I haven’t had any of the others, like – I don’t even want to jinx myself, but I haven’t had any of the others that they said I might have. The hair thing really got me, because I have a lot of hair and it was really long. And now you can probably see it’s really short. I got it cut short. But so far I still have some hair.
DR LOVE: Right. Yeah. It looks good. So, how many treatments have you gotten, or how far into the treatment are you right now?
PATIENT 4: I’ve had two treatments, and I have my next treatment on Monday, and the next one on September 7th, and then I’m done. So, there’ll be four treatments.