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Posted by Fran on August 01, 2000 at 12:14:31:

Iím writing this on behalf of somebody very special to me and with his permission; he simply doesnít have the energy to do so right now. Iíll forward to him any responses I receive.

Some background:

Ron is 43 years old and was diagnosed with testicular seminoma on July 11.

A radical orchiectomy was performed on July 12.

An abdominal-pelvic CT conducted on July 20 revealed a 7 cm. mass in his abdomen.

On July 21, he met with his oncologist, and the following Monday, July
24, he began his first of three BEP cycles.

On July 26, a lump (approx. 2 cm.) that had resided near his clavicle for a number of months (but which was originally thought not to be suspicious) was biopsied; Ron learned that this tumor is also seminoma.

His oncologist's initial but tentative view is that this most recent
development will not likely require any modification of his proposed course
of treatment, i.e., that he should still receive 3 cycles of BEP. The oncologist is, however, keeping an open mind about the possibility of a fourth cycle of BEP, or perhaps transitioning at some point to EP.

Ron has many questions:

He is very interested in the risks of pulmonary fibrosis from bleomycin. What are the signs of onset?
Can it be reversed?
Is there a familial link? (His bro suffered fatal pulmonary complications from his chemo in 1993 [lymphoma], but Ron doesn't know whether bleomycin was used.)

Ron is taking Zofran for nausea, but it makes him very tired. He is interested in learning about other medications that might not sap his energy like the Zofran does.

What about ginger? Does anyone have any experience with using ginger to combat the nausea?

Thanks in advance for any insights. As previously stated, I will forward to him your responses.


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