Chemo Farts

While not mentioned often in the literature and blogs I’ve read, fetid fumes are a byproduct of cancer treatment. Not surprising, since one of my chemo drugs is Cyclophosphamide, a derivative of mustard gas.


The foul odor of normal flatus mainly results from:

  • low molecular weight fatty acids such as butyric acid (rancid butter smell);
  • reduced sulfur compounds such as hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell);
  • carbonyl sulfide that are the result of protein breakdown.


Pharmaceutically enhanced flatulence is in a whole other class. It is wicked deadly and should be avoided, especially by pregnant women and nursing mothers. If you encounter it, hold your breath and back out of the room. The perpetrator will understand.


One solution would be the air-tight underwear with a replaceable charcoal filter invented by Chester Weimer of nearby Pueblo, Colorado. Another is just to grin and bear it.


5 thoughts on “Chemo Farts

  1. i must say that we are glad you live on the southern side of colorado 😉
    maybe candles would be in order for a housewarning gift????
    and please don’t offend the animals in the forrest either – skunks can be notoriously amorous and you may attract a pack of horny critters. sorry for sue…..
    i look forward to seeing your shiny head – wish it was under better circumstances, like just plain old age. we will see you at nates’ sunday………love ya bro


  2. Yes, another comment… loved your pics of Coronado. That’s where I was born and raised!! Spent all of my young summers on that beach and in that ocean. Heaven on earth.

  3. Okay, the video made me laugh out loud! The little guy flying around cracked me up. Have I been around teenagers too long :>) Thinking of you guys!! Lots of love!

  4. My thoughts about your most recent blog entry is that you have far too much time on your hands to think about things. I suggest you either start volunteering in a forest somewhere where you will not offend people only animals, or get into the garage and start inventing a product to take care of such problems as this and make a fortune to retire on. I am not sure I am looking forward to Sunday?? – are Nate and Jenn aware of the potential added value you may bring to the house warming party? At any rate, I still love you mightly and look forward to seeing you soon. – Big Sis

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