Very quickly I was placed on a 2-week chemotherapy cycle. I would go in on a Thursday to the chemotherapy infusion clinic and sit for 2-3 hours getting Oxaliplatin, Leucovorin, Avastin and Fluorouracil (5-FU) dripped into my chemo port that was implanted in my upper left chest. The port implant was recommended instead of using an arm IV. At the end of the session I was sent home with a 5-FU bottle attached to my port that would continue dripping into me for three days. Saturday afternoon I would go back to the clinic to have the bottle removed and the port flushed.
Because chemo reduces your immunity systems, there were all sorts of precautions I had to take from washing my hands constantly, avoiding sick people, no dental work done, drinking 2 quarts of fluids a day, and eating only cooked foods, no salads, no raw fruits or vegetables with thin skins.
The most persistent side effect has been the neuropathy or numbness. It has increased and become more annoying and bothersome. I have another medical issue that has been an ongoing problem, an anal fistula in my surgery scar tissue, but that a story for another day.
I also had several side effects that came and went such as arthritis pain, severe anxiety, hiccups, mouth numbness, and stinging eye pain.