The Pumping Sounds of Chemotherapy Listener Janet Jones of Conway, Ark., tell us about, and let's us listen to, the chemo pump her husband uses.
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The Pumping Sounds of Chemotherapy

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The Pumping Sounds of Chemotherapy

The Pumping Sounds of Chemotherapy

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Listener Janet Jones of Conway, Ark., tell us about, and let's us listen to, the chemo pump her husband uses.

MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

For people living with cancer, the world changes in many ways. One of those ways involves sound. One of our listeners tells us about a particular sound and her family's experience with cancer in a segment we call Sound Clips.

JANET JONES: I am Janet Jones in Conway, Arkansas. This is a tiny sound.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEMOTHERAPY PUMP)

JONES: It was coming from a small, leather bag suspended by a web strap around my husband, Jim's, neck.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEMOTHERAPY PUMP)

JONES: It was the sound of the small, computerized pump that forces a poison into an IV line that feeds into my husband's arm: chemotherapy, administered by continuous infusion, pumping in around the clock, seven days a week.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEMOTHERAPY PUMP)

JONES: Where Jim goes, the fanny pack, worn seat-belt style, goes. In the quiet of our bedroom, I rouse in the night to hear the reassuring hum of the pump. It is the sound of the best efforts of medical science and caring doctors. It is the sound of the force of a powerful chemical bathing tumors in its irresistible liquor that confuses the cells so they die. For us, and for so many others, it is the sound of hope.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEMOTHERAPY PUMP)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

NORRIS: Janet Jones of Conway, Arkansas and the chemo pump her husband uses. We want to let you know, NPR commentator Leroy Sievers blogs and podcasts about his experience with cancer at our Web site, npr.org. There's also more about our interest in sounds at our Web site. Go to npr.org and type in sound clips in the search box.

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