• Chemo for the rest of your life?????

    Asked by Bellamore on Saturday, June 29, 2013

    Chemo for the rest of your life?????

    I will be having chemo for the rest of my life...no matter how long or short. That in alone sometimes makes me feel real depressed. Therein likes the finality of so many homes and dreams. My daughter overdoesed and dies two months ago, at the same time I fell and suffered two dificiency fractures to my hip. I'm not in a good place right now and I just wonder how some of you keep on coping when things look so dismal. Thanks

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    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      If a Dr tells you "you will be on chemo for the rest of your life no matter what", it is probably time for a 2nd opinion. I always recommend 2nd opinions from research hospitals or clinics that specialize in your type of cancer as they will have access to the latest treatments and trials that you may need. Chemo for ever is a statement, that to me seems ignorant in that there are lots of documented cases of spontaneous remission and there are new treatments being developed all of the time that may eventually cure you or at least get you off of chemo. Keep asking questions if you don't get answers that you can understand as to why Drs tell you things like chemo for life. Good Luck.

      about 6 years ago
    • ladyhawk's Avatar
      ladyhawk

      yes, get 2nd and even a 3rd opinion,,, I know can even check out some doctors from the universitys for opinions, and do alot of research yourself too,,, after all the meds are only temporary and the docs keep a kick back on all the meds they prescribe. and sorry to hear about your girl, and your not alone, we are all here for you, the real people/friend site. wish we could all meet for a big social party or outings, atleast we would all feel loved! blessings

      about 6 years ago
    • ArleneB's Avatar
      ArleneB

      I kind of know how you feel. I too had two hip fractures within months of each other. Had to give up my home and job and move in with my daughter. Giving up my independence was so hard to do. Some days I don't even want to get out of bed. But then I remind myself that I have grandchildren and I can't give up. I recently joined a support group and that has helped. By all means,get a second opinion and try to find a support group, I will pray for you.

      about 6 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller

      It is through the power of prayer that I was brought through the "storm" of diagnosis, surgery and treatment. Of course, there were dark times with lots of tears. Somehow, I was able to get the strength to keep a positive attitude which is crucial in the cancer world. I agree with everyone on getting a 2nd opinion. Don't give up hope ever. I will keep you in my prayers. I wish you the best.

      about 6 years ago
    • midgieb's Avatar
      midgieb

      I believe there is such a thing as chemo the rest of you life. There are people that are treatable but not curable. There are people that take medicine everyday the rest of their lives because they are treatable but not curable and do not have cancer. Getting a second opinion is always a good idea.

      about 6 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      My mother was on chemo pills for the last 10 years of her life. She was sickly besides having leukemia, but it kept her alive for 10 years longer than she would have lived otherwise.

      about 6 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      I am very sorry for your loss. You are dealing with so much all at once. The loss of your daughter, the cancer, the loss of mobility due to the fractures. I know there are some organizations that allow you to speak w/a counselor over the phone, if you are not able to get to a therapist. I wish you the best. And I agree w/the idea of a 2nd opinion.

      about 6 years ago
    • Rosa's Avatar
      Rosa

      Do get a second or third opinion, keep looking for options.
      But, IF you do have to be on chemo the rest of your life, think that there are many conditions for which you have to be on treatment for life: high blood pressure, diabetes, lupus, etc., etc.
      You do what you have to do to keep on living. Every day there are many discoveries to help us.
      Sorry for the loss of your daughter. We'll keep you both on our prayers.
      Be positive, be strong, be hopeful
      Blessings

      about 6 years ago
    • IndigoBlue's Avatar
      IndigoBlue

      I just started chemo last week for colon cancer. I have to take it for the rest of my life. I have chemo at the hospital for 3 hours and then go home for two days with the baby bottle, and then back to the hospital to have everything disconnected. I stay home for 14 days and start all over again. I can have a break from chemo if it gets too much for me, or the cancer has not come back, or I want to go on a trip, or I have something else I have to do. I have to let the hospital know about a month ahead of time and how long I need a break for. Just trying to get used to everything.

      almost 3 years ago

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