• How long can one stay on chemo

    Asked by Tallgrass69 on Monday, April 22, 2013

    How long can one stay on chemo

    My onc last week said we will do 3more cycles of chemo and then take another P.E.T. Dose anyone know how long a person can keep doing chemo?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • karen1956's Avatar

      'm not quite sure what you are asking....there are many different chemo regimines....I did 6 rounds of TAC chemo every 3 weeks....I have friends who did 4 rounds of AC followed by 4 rounds of Taxol....and I know there are still other regimines.....Ask you onc to tell you what his plan is......all the best to you

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Therotically chemo can go on for ever; however, over time cancer tends to become resistant to any chemo given thus its effectiveness goes down. With multiple options for chemo regimines it can taks a long time to use up all of them. Typically when you are given chemo they repeat scans (PET , CT or MRI) to see how the chemo is changing the tumors. If the tumors are shrinking or not growing the chemo is working. If the Tumors is growing then it is probably time to change something. Teh time betwen scans depends on the cancer and how fast it tends to grow but normally would be about 12 week +/- 4 weeks. There are also other options to treat the cancer than the chemo. Radiationm cyberknife and radio frequency ablation are just a few that may be applicable to you case. The only way to know for sure on all of this is to talk with your Oncologist, they are the experts that have the details of your case. If your Oncologist has niot done so have them layout your treatment plan for you, at least as fars as the next set od decisionb points so you know what to expect and can at least plan a little slice of your life. Good Luck

      over 4 years ago
    • leslie48240's Avatar

      I don't know the 'norms' but can tell you I did 2 dif protocols of 1 treatment every 3 weeks...for about 6 months and then chemo every week for a full year....but it worked!! I was stage IV and I'm still here over 5 years later! Hang in there. btw...Chemo plans changed along the way ... dependent on my results.

      over 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I did four rounds of AC followed by 4 rounds of Taxol. I know a man in our hometown who has been receiving chemo for over 5 years. I do not know any details but it apparently has kept him going. I wish you the best.
      Leslie -- thanks for sharing -- I love hearing your kind of success stories -- it encourages hope in the rest of us.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I will have been on form or another of chemo for 4 years in Sept. I have had some breaks, due to infections, procedures and bad blood counts. each person is unique and so is their treatment plan. I being treated for two stage 1V cancers (both at this point very stable) Kidney (9/09) and Breast (5/12) -

      The scans allow you team to make a determination on what treatment you need how long you should be on it, and weather they can stop. At this point i view my treatment as managing a chronic illness, much like people manage diabetes, congestive heart failure etc.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I have been on chemo since Sept 2009, when we started treating my Advanced Renal Cell carcinoma with Sutent. In May of last year my TNBC metastasized and I switch from oral chemo ( I was then on Afintitor) to a an infusion cocktail to treat both cancers. I had a 3 month break due to very low platelets and have been back on chemo for the last 6 weeks.

      over 4 years ago

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