• How do you know when to stop chemo?

    Asked by chrissy on Monday, February 18, 2013

    How do you know when to stop chemo?

    I have been on chemo (3) since March of 2012, none of them have helped do I continue to try others or as one doc suggessted just go on pain meds and ride out the journey? I have been getting weaker an weaker and sicker and sicker with each treatment and now have a comressed fracture of my spine where radiation was done.I feel that the radiation is what made the spine weak in that place, March 5,6,7 I go for more cts to see how i am doing I am realy really anxious and getting very depressed which is not like me at all. metasized to all areas of my body, axillary nodes, spine, hip, intestnal wall on and on.

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      lots of hugs and prayers coming your way. I can not answer this question for you, only you can. Ask you oncologist or the hospital social worker for a referral to a qualified therapist to discuss your options so you can make an informed decision.

      over 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm (Best Answer!)

      Chrissy, I can see your dilemma by your post but the question you ask is one only you csn answer. SueRae1 is correct in that you have to decide,but you have to make an informed decision. I would seek a second opinion just to validate your disease status. If both docs feel the same then you have to weigh your options and decide. All oncologists don't think exactly the same and perhaps another with fresh eyes might approach your situation in a way that can improve your quality of life. Best of luck, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I have a friend with stomach cancer who is at the same decision point. His tumor has grown and is bleeding and he needs frequent blood transfusions to try to make up for the blood loss. He has only been able to have one chemo treatment because his hemoglobin is too low even with the blood transfusions. He has been asked to decide if he wants to start hospice care. As is in his case, only you can decide when the time is right to make that decision.

      over 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      It would help to know where you are being treated. I cannot stress enough how important it is to be with a cancer specialist in your type of cancer. Have you looked inot clinical trials. One in particular that has shown a great deal of hope for lung cancer is a PD -L1 antibody. There have been people like you, with Lung cancer who were put into remission. This is the same drug being used for advance stage Melanoma and curing people. Yes, cure...granted a small population 30% or so but its a cure.
      You need to be seeing a Doctor who is a specialist. You can get a second opinion on your case over the phone from the University of Colorado from some of the best Lung cancer specialists in the world. I understand its just $250.00 without insurace. Look up the LUNG CANCER CONSORTIUM and Look up "Lets get tested now" to see the Docotrs there talking about lung cancer. The Doctor you want is there Dr. Bunn.

      over 4 years ago

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