• Is chemo working?

    Asked by lucifee83 on Thursday, August 2, 2012

    Is chemo working?

    How do they determine if the chemo is working? What kind of tests are run? And how many rounds of RCHOP are normally done before they check?

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My dr. would do xrays, and manually feel the lymph nodes in my neck, each week he would give me a "progress report as to how much difference he thought they were. He had an affection for vegetables, he would say, about the size of a lima bean, then green pea, kernel of corn, etc. Was kind of funny. I had hodgkins disease and a couple lumps in the neck, your dr. may have different ways of telling. I do know that the PET scan is the newest thing that they have used on me, seems to tell them all they want to know about your tumors.
      Best of luck to you, hope your treatments are easy and quick!

      over 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Unfortunately, there is no way to know conclusively. Even with testing and examination, there is no basis for comparison. In other words you can't both be getting chemo and not be getting chemo at the same time, so there is no way to know if the cancer decreased or increased more or less with chemo than it would have without chemo.

      over 8 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      It probably depends upon the type of cancer. For my cancer, my doctor uses PET CT scans, abdominal scans, and CA125 blood tests. He usually presses on my abdomen each time I have a doctor appointment.

      over 8 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      3 weeks after your final chemo treatment, the doctor should order scans to determine if they were successful.
      They also do random CA125 tumor marker blood tests.

      over 8 years ago
    • Moonflay's Avatar

      Since my infected lymph nodes were easily seen/felt I was able to see and feel a dramatic difference in their size after the initial chemo treatment. My onc plans on doing a PET scan after the 3rd or 4th treatment to determine if he wants to do the full 8 treatments originally prescribed. I won't know till the PET scan just how much the shrinkage is due to a reduction in cancer activity but I feel like this is eradicating the nasty little buggars and plan on a full remission quickly!!

      over 8 years ago
    • ScrapbookerKay's Avatar

      My dr did a PET scan after I was diagnosed and the again after the 4th treatment (half way). It proved they were smaller or no longer showing up. I was stage III, so lymphnodes all over were effected. I have been in remission 3 years. He did a CT scan every 6 months, now that I hit 3 years, I get to go to annual CT scans. I'm glad they're less often, I hate drinking the stuff and the IV, but it also makes me nervous. What if it comes back and I didn't know it for a year?

      over 8 years ago
    • tnoel68's Avatar

      My son's doctor would do a PET scan after each round of chemo he received. If the mass, in my son's case, showed significant shrinkage, then the chemo was working, if it didn't show a significant decrease in the mass then not working. However, in my son's case, none of the chemo to date has worked for him. Also, after two rounds your doctor may check to see if it is working.

      over 7 years ago

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