Starting BioChemo

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1/4/2011 7:01pm
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I'm starting biochemo ( the University of Colorado cocktail) Thursday the 6th. Will be in the hospital for one week, home for two weeks then back in for one week, etc. for a total of 3 months. I would really appreciate prayers and I will try to keep in touch to let you know how it's going and what others can expect if they choose this treatment.

Nicki, Stage 3b

Be strong and take heart, all you who HOPE in the Lord. Ps. 31:24

Linda J - (1/4/2011 - 7:08pm)

Wishing you all the best!
Beat that MM to the curb!
You'll be in my prayers

Linda J

lhaley - (1/4/2011 - 7:13pm)

Wishing you a 100% response!!


KevinM - (1/4/2011 - 7:17pm)


I wish you the best as you go into battle! It is getting around that.....BUT You Will Kick Mel ass!

I am a Bio-chemo graduate...class of 2006 (Stage 3 NED since)

Just a couple of tips...

1. tell the nurses how you are feeling and take all of the meds they offer!! They have something for any side affect.

2. Stay hydrated! water tasted awful but was much better with crystal light.

3. Try to get a little exercise each day...even if is only dragging your IV pole around the unit you will be in.


Hang in there...reach me by email if you have any questions or want to vent!!

All my best!


dian in spokane - (1/4/2011 - 8:41pm)


I'm just curious what exactly IS the U of CO biochemo cocktail?

nicoli - (1/4/2011 - 10:59pm)

Oh, I plan on taking any drugs they give me......"just give me drugs and knock me out" for the week.

The University of Colorado biochemo is a mixture of DTIC, Cisplastin, Vinblastine, Interleukine 2 and Interferon. This is given around the clock via iv (except I think the interferon is a shot). My spelling may not be accurate. I'm not actually at the University of Colorado but live one hour north. My onc is in touch with the doctors there and this is what they strongly recommend for me. We will do the treatment at a local hospital.

I don't have tumors right now but have mel cells in my lymph system and on my scalp. Biochemo destroys tumors so I hope that it will kill melanoma cells even better.



Be strong and take heart, all you who HOPE in the Lord. Ps. 31:24

Jim in Denver - (1/5/2011 - 10:52pm)

Hi Nicki,

Sending thoughts and prayers your way.  Please let us know how you are doing, and keep the positive attitude.

Best Wishes,


Sherron - (1/6/2011 - 11:01am)

Nicki, wishing you the very, very best outcome.  Please keep us posted as you can.  Prayers definitely being sent your way.

Tale Care.

Sherron, wife to Jim FOREVER

Rocklove - (1/7/2011 - 9:34am)

Praying for you to have a successful treatment Nicki. Keep up the positive attitude.

Rocky (Stage IV Liver Mets)

ShariC - (1/11/2011 - 2:49pm)

Nicki - You might not read this until you've recovered for a week or so, but, I want to offer some encouragement,.  I just finished Round 3 at UCCC last Friday.  I'll be finishing with Round 4 at the end of the month.  Home recovering, now.  Everybody seems to have difference experiences, so I don't have anything specific...just know it will pass and you'll feel like yourself again.   I have had a very good response (tumor totally shrunk before removal).  I think its a good program.  I will be at UCCC again Jan. 24th.  If you can, look me up on Monday.  All the other days, its not worth a visit as I am pretty out of it.  Good luck!  - Shari

nicoli - (1/25/2011 - 6:29pm)

It took me this long to respond after my first biochemo experience. I went into the hospital for my first week of treatment on Jan 6th. Pretty out of it that week, I think I slept most of the time but I really can't remember.

NO nausea, NO vomiting, just diarrhea and fatigue. NO appetite, but my husband brought smoothies of protein powder, banana and rice milk and I forced them down. Lost 6 pounds which I can readily afford to lose. Some skin itching but they gave me lots of benadryl.

My blood counts all went really low but bounced back within a week of release. My doctor is awed at my "easy" first week and recovery. However, after two weeks at home , I am still extremely fatigued so much so that she ordered more tests and just found out my thyroid is now very low. That is easy to fix so it is good news.

I go back in this Thursday for "round 2". Kinda disappointed cuz I have sub q mets on my scalp and by observation, they don't seem to have shrunk after the first round of biochemo. I cried but am now encouraged that further treatment will kill those suckers.

We keep fighting. "Cancer picked the wrong bitch this time."

Nicki, Stage 3b, surgery, SLNB, full neck disection 23 nodes, biochemo

Be strong and take heart, all you who HOPE in the Lord. Ps. 31:24

washoegal - (1/25/2011 - 7:02pm)

Good luck to all of you doing Bio Chemo my prayers and best wishes are with you.



Stage 3

Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.

jag - (1/25/2011 - 7:31pm)

Hang in there Nicki, it's rough, but it's doable.

Insert Generic Inspirational Motto Here

Timfishing2011 - (11/2/2011 - 1:43am)

Hi- My husband is starting BIO Nov 14th, scared of the unknown but reading this blog helps us and we get some encouragement from all of you. I'll update after his first week there. he has Stage 3, no tumors, in blood cells, LNSD in between weeks 2 and 3.

we are going to be at UCCC under Dr Lewis' care.  any advise to help us through the first week is appreiated.. thank you

Tim and Shannon