• Have you ever heard of a mentally handicapped person on chemotherapy?

    Asked by 4HeartsBroken on Tuesday, June 4, 2013

    Have you ever heard of a mentally handicapped person on chemotherapy?

    I was just wondering because my Uncle is going into the Hospital tomorrow to get a Colonoscopy done to see why he's been losing weight. (The suspicion is Colon Cancer) That's why I was wondering if he would be able to receive Chemotherapy. (Personally Ive never seen a mentally handicapped person on Chemotherapy before)

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    • Tracy's Avatar
      Tracy

      Hi,
      I do not know why they would not do chemo on anyone, handicapped or not. They do chemo on babies, children and adults why would it be any different? It will be rather like explaining to anyone who is a certain age (depending on his mental age) and being very understanding with how hard it is going to be on him (as it is on anyone going through it). Find things that make him happy to have nearby just as you would with a child going through this. I hope things go well, Tracy

      over 3 years ago
    • Blue's Avatar
      Blue

      I agree with Tracy. Your Uncle will likely need a patient advocate, like a family member, to accompany him to his chemotherapy treatment and, if it is possible, to explain beforehand what he will be experiencing with the friendly doctor and doctor's helpers. In the long run, it will make him feel better. Your uncle should be given the same care as anyone with the same condition and the oncologist and staff will help guide you and him through the process.

      over 3 years ago
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      Blue

      I agree with Tracy. Your Uncle will likely need a patient advocate, like a family member, to accompany him to his chemotherapy treatment and, if it is possible, to explain beforehand what he will be experiencing with the friendly doctor and doctor's helpers. In the long run, it will make him feel better. Your uncle should be given the same care as anyone with the same condition and the oncologist and staff will help guide you and him through the process.

      over 3 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Hi Heather. Is this the same uncle with pancreatic cancer, and if it is, do they think it's the pancreatic cancer spreading or a new cancer?

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      4HeartsBroken,
      Yes it happens more than you know. As long as his POA consents, the nurses will do whatever it takes to help him get the treatment. I have had lots of patients in oncology and in end of life with that issue. Best of luck, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago

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