• chemo does age make it harder of the patient

    Asked by Hope57 on Monday, March 25, 2019

    chemo does age make it harder of the patient

    my mom is 83 and is supposed to get her first round of chemo this week. I'm very concerned because of her age. any tips or advice to help her get thru this and what to expect would be thankful. thank you

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Chemo is not a chemical bomb which is tossed into the patient in the hope that they survive. It is carefully considered and dosed, taking into account age and numerous other factors. The regimen can be adjusted all throughout treatment to suit the patient. Balance all of this against what will certainly happen if some form of proven therapy is not used.

      4 months ago
    • Hope57's Avatar
      Hope57

      Thank you, that helps me feel better

      4 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Brother Po gives good words of advice. You can rest assured that the oncologists have your Mom's best interest in mind. All of us here on the WhatNext Team wish her the very best. Please keep us posted on her progress. My Dad was in his 80's when he was taking his treatments years ago. Reading this brings back memories.

      4 months ago
    • Hope57's Avatar
      Hope57

      Thank you both for your words of encouragement. I guess I worry so much because my daughter died of cancer at the age of 7. She went through some very aggressive chemo. I'm praying for the best for my mom and will certainly keep you'll posted.
      Sincerely, hope

      4 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      When I was in active treatment 4 years ago, there was a lovely woman who was 87 getting chemo for ovarian cancer. She seemed to be handling the treatment well. Her daughter always brought her to treatment and made her a pimento cheese sandwich for lunch (her favorite). Best wishes.

      4 months ago
    • gertie22's Avatar
      gertie22

      Agree with JaneA when I got treatment last year there were several ladies there older than I am and they seemed to do well.

      4 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Sadly, childhood cancers are often very aggressive. Many simply cannot be stopped - which points to the fact that much more research is needed. Aggressive cancer needs strong medicine, but as you tragically found out, even that is not yet enough. Research is the answer.

      4 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @Hope57, I am so very sorry to read about you losing your daughter at the age of 7 to cancer. How difficult that must have been. Praying for your mom, that she beats her diagnosis.

      4 months ago
    • Jayne's Avatar
      Jayne

      I'm so very sorry to hear about your daughter, I can't imagine how difficult that must have been and my heart goes out to you for having to deal with that. How does your mom feel about doing chemo?

      4 months ago
    • Hope57's Avatar
      Hope57

      Mom has had a rough week. She got a terrible cough we thought she had pneumonia, she missed her first chemo.
      She is better now after spending some time in the ER. IV antibiotics are the best. She still hasn't got a port! We meet with a surgeon this week do discuss options! She is very scared! I can't blame her I'm am too. Thank you every body for your words of courage and prayers
      In his care!

      4 months ago

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