• Do progressive rounds of chemotherapy get less effective?

    Asked by carolynm on Monday, April 1, 2013

    Do progressive rounds of chemotherapy get less effective?

    Is it reasonable for me to expect a 3rd round of chemo therapy to put me into remission. Am I just looking at only a few month reprieve and then chemo again.

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    • Kathy's Avatar

      I'm a two time ovarian cancer survivor. I went three years in between and the doctor has said she expects it to come back again in three more years. I also understand that they have various different cocktails they can use. I will be anxious to read the responses you get.

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      No, they do not necessarily get less effective, but that isn't the primary reasons for deciding the number of rounds of a given chemo anyway. It has to do with the size, location, stage, and growth rate of your cancer. Chemo alone often doesn't result in remission regardless of the number of rounds. It is more often used to slow or halt growth of cancer or to shrink the size of tumors prior to surgery. When used after surgery it is more for "clean up" to kill any cancer cells that may have strayed outside of the margin area of the surgery.

      over 3 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      I'm currently in round 2 of a four chemo cocktail for Fallopian tube cancer stage IIa. I pray they don't get less effective. Anxious to see your responses. What I do know is that I think positively and visualize the chemo attacking the cancers, cleaning up my body so I can heal.

      over 3 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Cancers do tend to become resistant to some chemo drugs over time thus a particular drug may become less effective over time for a particular patient. This is why they will often switch drugs after a while in treatment, particularly if there is an indication that the impact of the drug is slowing or reversing. You should also know that some cancer react better to some drugs than others and there is currently few ways to know what will work best. That said, for most cancers there are several chemo drugs available that can be tried and then there are always trials going on if nothing else works so it is likely that there will be more things to try in the event a drug stops wiorking.

      Also there are lots of no chemo treatments available if chemo does not produce the desired results. These may include, radiation cyberknife, radio frequence ablation and a host of others that may be applicable to your case. It can sometimes be hard to get your Drs to think about other treatments so doing a little researh on your own to be able to ask questions about other treatments is often heplful. Good Luck and let us know if we can be of more help.

      over 3 years ago
    • Judit's Avatar

      I haven't had chemo, but it's my understanding that successive treatments consist of different drugs or dosages of drugs or combinations of drugs. God Bless & good luck.

      over 3 years ago

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