Depression and Chemo Therapy

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Depression and Chemo Therapy

by Peanut on Thu Sep 28, 2006 12:00 AM

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My father has non-hodgkins lymphoma stage 3, and has underwent two chemo treatments, and now is experiencing depression. Is this normal, I know he has always been very active since retirement, and tires easily now and tends too stay indoors, could this have something to do with the depression? Worried about dad!

Depression

by Beasely on Fri Sep 29, 2006 12:00 AM

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I am just speaking from personal experience but I got depressed after my cancer treatment. I am 48 years old and very active. After my treatment (stem cell transplant/chemo/irridation) I lost a lot of weight, became pale and weak, and looked pittyful. I was most depressed when I saw myself in the mirror. I was also depressed due to my fatigue. I am used to going and doing. Afterwards didn't feel like getting out. Fatigue makes it a big chore to get out and go. Staying home and resting was what I needed. I was already taking an antidepressant which my husband requested the doctor to increase. I am 4 months from my chemo, I am stronger (not where I was, but a lot stronger), my color is back and I have reduced my antidepressant back to normal. Cancer and chemo does take a toll on the body and emotions. Just be there for him. He may need an antidepressant for a while. It made all the difference in the world to me. How long has it been since he had chemo? God Bless You.

Depression and Chemo

by Peanut on Mon Oct 02, 2006 12:00 AM

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My dad is presently on 3rd chemo treatment and has 3 more too go, the depression started after the 2nd treatment, he is fatigued and starting too lose his color. He is 69 and has always been active with the cows and horses and now can not, so I think the depression is due to that, don't you think signed worried daughter....

Depression

by Beasely on Mon Oct 02, 2006 12:00 AM

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I agree with you. The depression is probably due to the fatigue and inability to do what he is not able to do at this time. I had chemo for Non-hodgkins 5 years ago now. I did not experience much if any depression at that time but I did not feel as fatigued and helpless at that time. This time I had a stem cell transplant and was really knocked for a loop. As I said in the prior note, that did depress me. I have more good days than bad days and am able to do approximately 70% of what I used to do. I am looking forward to getting strong enough to have the endurance to return to work hopefully within the next 30 days. I still cry, but rarely, because I am sooo much better. Encourage yourself and you dad that he will gradually get better after the chemo is compleated. He may not care about his hair like a woman does, but approximately 60 days after the last chemo treatment his hair will come back (providing he is having chemo which makes the hair fall out), he will become increasingly stronger and he will know he is on the road to recovery. At this time in his treatment he needs to do what he feels up to doing, and rest when he does not feel up to doing anything. He needs to especially eat his fruits and vegetables for the vitamins. If he doesn't feel like eating much he can drink Boost or Ensure. Nutrition is so important to help him feel better and fight fatigue and weakness. You will have to be like his mother for a while. He may have no appetite but he needs to eat for his health. But please do not force him to eat. If he absolutely does not feel like eating, try to make sure he at least drinks his water to stay hydrated. I hope this is helpful for you and your dad. What chemo drugs are they using on him? CHOP? Rituxan? RCHOP? or something else? God Bless you both. Hope to hear from you again. Brenda

Depression

by Beasely on Mon Oct 02, 2006 12:00 AM

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I agree with you. The depression is probably due to the fatigue and inability to do what he is not able to do at this time. I had chemo for Non-hodgkins 5 years ago now. I did not experience much if any depression at that time but I did not feel as fatigued and helpless at that time. This time I had a stem cell transplant and was really knocked for a loop. As I said in the prior note, that did depress me. I have more good days than bad days and am able to do approximately 70% of what I used to do. I am looking forward to getting strong enough to have the endurance to return to work hopefully within the next 30 days. I still cry, but rarely, because I am sooo much better. Encourage yourself and you dad that he will gradually get better after the chemo is compleated. He may not care about his hair like a woman does, but approximately 60 days after the last chemo treatment his hair will come back (providing he is having chemo which makes the hair fall out), he will become increasingly stronger and he will know he is on the road to recovery. At this time in his treatment he needs to do what he feels up to doing, and rest when he does not feel up to doing anything. He needs to especially eat his fruits and vegetables for the vitamins. If he doesn't feel like eating much he can drink Boost or Ensure. Nutrition is so important to help him feel better and fight fatigue and weakness. You will have to be like his mother for a while. He may have no appetite but he needs to eat for his health. But please do not force him to eat. If he absolutely does not feel like eating, try to make sure he at least drinks his water to stay hydrated. I hope this is helpful for you and your dad. What chemo drugs are they using on him? CHOP? Rituxan? RCHOP? or something else? God Bless you both. Hope to hear from you again. Brenda

Depression and Chemo

by Peanut on Mon Oct 02, 2006 12:00 AM

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Thank you so much Brenda for your response, helps me a lot to know how too deal with all of this that dad is going through. They have him on CHOP and Rituxan His appetite is pretty good but the doctor told him to stay away from any foods not cooked such as raw fruits and vegtables, he is diabetic so I was wondering if there was an Ensure type of drink that doesn't contain sugar? Thank you again and God Bless you Simone

Dietary Suggestions

by Beasely on Mon Oct 02, 2006 12:00 AM

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Checkout http://www.enterexdiabetic.com/inthenews.htm This is the closest product I found for Ensure. Put diabetic Boost into your internet search engine such as Google. They have a diabetic product also. He may not loose his appetite. I did not loose my appetite with CHOP or Rituxan. The problem with CHOP is possible mouth sores. If he gets mouth sores I found that homemade pureed food was pretty good. My favorite was putting cooked chicken into my food processor, mashed potatoes and pleanty of gravy to help it go down. I am happy to be of help. Write anytime you have any questions. God Bless you both Brenda
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