• Does anyone have experience with an 80+-yr-old Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma patient completing a six-round chemo program?

    Asked by betsyyates on Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Does anyone have experience with an 80+-yr-old Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma patient completing a six-round chemo program?

    She has completed 3 of the 6 rounds of chemo. He has said she is in a nice remission to establish quality of life. But it's a "highly curable" cancer that could get her more than five years if she finishes the last 3 rounds. He seems unwilling to recommend it based on her age. He has not given a patient her age (81) six rounds of chemo. The fear is that the chemo will kill her before the cancer would (1-5 years).

    2 Answers from the Community

    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      A friend's mother, at 94, underwent radiation and chemo for multiple myeloma, which is a really nasty cancer. I do not know if that is a record, but it must be close! If the patient's health is good enough, it would be worthwhile, I would think, to complete the chemo. It is all a balancing act at this point, but if her overall health is good enough, it would at least permit the completion of chemo.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Mollie's Avatar
      Mollie

      My grandma, 78, has lung cancer. Just finished her third round of chemo and is stopping. The treatment has sucked everything, even her joy, out of her. All I know is whatever she wants is the way to go.

      almost 5 years ago

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