• Is chemo worth it

    Asked by Bone on Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    Is chemo worth it

    I'm stage IV. I had chemo 6 days ago. I'm still so dizzy and can hardly force myself to eat. What good is staying alive if I feel sick everyday?

    18 Answers from the Community

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I wondered that, too. I would feel horrible for a week, better the second week and even better the third week, just in time to do it all again.

      I was fortunate enough to get into a clinical trial for immunotherapy. It gave me back my life, both in terms of length of life and quality of life. So please don't give up yet.

      about 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      http://www.chrisbeatcancer.com/ Check out This Amazing site !!!!!

      about 5 years ago
    • DoreenLouise's Avatar
      DoreenLouise

      Just do whatever you can to eat and drink healthy foods. Be strong and let the chemo work. Rest, meditate and try to get some exercise. I found that Reiki and foot reflexology helped nausea. God Bless.

      about 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Only you can decide the answer.

      Have you had an independent second opinion as of yet?

      Ginger &/or peppermint may help with nausea.

      Staying hydrated is much more important than eating. How would you feel about juicing for energy?

      about 5 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      This is every survivors individual choice. I was so ill when diagnosed , I would have done most anything to feel better. There are so many different anti nausea meds. available , if they are not working for you talk with your doctor about the possibility of ordering stronger ones. Remember, take the anti nausea meds. before you are actually nauseated, lack of appetite is often a precursor, so take them then.Perhaps your doctor will need to lessen your chemo dosage, or lengthen the time between treatments, Stay in close contact with him about your side effects, my worse side effects were fatigue and constipation, and make sure you stay hydrated . I was diagnosed with a later stage cancer also and although difficult, chemo was worth it for me.

      about 5 years ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      I'm stage three.. almost a four.I'm going in to have my tumor removed totally in about six hours. I did chemo and it wasn't fun, but it doesn't last forever. I get to do it again after this very major surgery and it may not save my life but it will definitely extend it.

      I agree about getting that second opinion. Then based off of what they tell you, you can make decisions. I want to emphasize though that there are a lot of people alive and kicking on this site who are/were stage four and they have lived for years past what the doctors thought. Don't give up unless you believe you are about to head in to hospice!

      about 5 years ago
    • NanaL's Avatar
      NanaL

      I completely empathize with you. I'm stage IV, and have been since Dec. of 2011. I've had all kinds of chemo, including a clinical trial I was in for approximately 8 months. I'm currently on a chemo break and have been enjoying time with family and friends. Chances are the dizziness is due to be dehydrated. Call your Dr., You may need to get some fluids. That has helped me in the past. You are new to chemotherapy, so don't hesitate to call your Dr and nurses. They are there to help you. Your attitude is so very important in this battle. Don't give up! Next month will be my 6th year anniversary! I feel blessed every day I'm still alive and enjoying life!

      about 5 years ago
    • Marz416's Avatar
      Marz416

      Hydration is key. You will be so tired of drinking water and fluids but they are so important. You need to flush your system. I know how you feel with the sick feeling after chemo, I was there as well. I'll be celebrating 5 years this month. Life is good. Keep a journal of how you feel...write in it as often as you need. It's always worth the fight. Like the others said, make sure you take your anti nausea meds. They were a lifesaver for me and if you feel sick, call the nurse/doctors office. They have seen everything your going through and more than likely have a fix for your issue. Please don't give up. Don't question 'why me'. Please fight this fight. It's not easy but winning is the prize whether it's 5, 10, 20 years. You can do it! God bless you....

      about 5 years ago
    • Celste51's Avatar
      Celste51

      I totally understand how you feel. Get as many meds as you can for the side effects, as has already been stated. I am due to have my next cycle of Folfox on Monday and they have had to halve my dose as I have had my white blood cells wiped out twice and am not on an injection to stop it happening again. It is a personal thing how much chemo you had. I told my Oncologist yesterday that there is no way I would have continued had she kept me on the high dose and I am not going to be doing the 12 treatments. In U.K they only do 8 treatments and there is a major World study going on now to see if 6 treatments is just as good as 12. For me personally at 64 years old quality of life is important and although I want to live as possible I am not sure I want to do that with neuropathy and so much chemo brain I can barely function. These are all my personal thoughts. By the way I am Stage 3 was operated on in February with 2 lymph nodes positive. Get meds for the sickness and drink lots of water. It's all horrible I know.

      about 5 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      The decision is always up to you. But first you need to do about the side effects of this chemo. Are there other chemo regimens? How long will you be on chemo? Will you have any breaks? What about clinical trails? You may even want to get a second opinion, Then before you give up entirely seek spiritual counseling. It is not easy but it is worth it.

      about 5 years ago
    • lh25's Avatar
      lh25

      It's a decision we all have to make for ourselves, depending on things like prognosis. I get what you mean about feeling sick, this round was terrible for 3 days post. But I know it won't last, some day I'll be through it and feeling better. And for me, I want to do all I can to beat this cancer so I'm less likely to have to do this again someday.

      about 5 years ago
    • donjjuan's Avatar
      donjjuan

      I've done chemo twice. The first time I was stage IV and after surgery it was used to "kill any remaining cancer cells that might still be there". I did six months of chemo and it sucked and there was no way to tell if it was doing anything. So that time it wasn't worth it and I wouldn't do it again unless I had a way to know if it was working. I just finished 8 chemo sessions about a month ago and I was really sick before I started. The chemo really helped at the beginning but didn't do much of anything after about 4 sessions. This time I had a blood marker and scans so I could tell if it was working or not. I will do that again if necessary but I'm trying every healthy protocol now as chemo helped knock it back but it's not a cure. Also my first session was the worst this last time as I think it really attacked the cancer and I felt terrible. I felt better after the next sessions. Finally I only did 70% strength of the chemo the first session and then dropped down to 60% for the next 7. I wanted to be able to handle the treatments better than I did the first time and I think it worked as the only side effect that really bothered me was fatigue. So reducing the strength of the chemo may be another option depending on your situation.

      about 5 years ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      It gets better. I was stage IV too. I've been done with chemo for over a year now and am getting stronger and feeling lots better. Hang in there.

      about 5 years ago
    • SLHS's Avatar
      SLHS

      Don't Give Up.. Life is worth living! Even though life put stumbling blocks in our paths we must learn to just go around if we can't get over them. My husband has stage 4 and has not had any sickness since the mass in the colon was removed in April. Praying for strength and healing everyday. Seek spiritual guidance and support. It helps!

      about 5 years ago
    • fightforlife's Avatar
      fightforlife (Best Answer!)

      I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer 15 months ago. I had surgery and then 12 rounds of Folfox chemo every 2 weeks. It was rough but about halfway through it I was hospitalized for a complication and they had me on IV fluids for 3 days during the later half of my chemo week. I felt amazing the next week and it prompted me to ask my oncologist about the possibility of getting iv fluids at home following my chemo treatments. We did that and it made a world of difference, you don't realize how much the hydration really helps and I just couldn't drink enough to flush that nasty stuff out of my body. I haven't had chemo since the end of October and just got my first totally clean PET scan (NED no evidence of disease) in April. Best of luck my friend.

      about 5 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar
      alivenwell

      Try to eat something very mild before a treatment. Ironically, foods ideal for this are white foods like white bread, plain oatmeal, cream of wheat, big cookies or mild pastry of your choice.
      I always had ginger candy or peppermint candy to combat a metallic taste. Since you are just starting, you might want to ask for magic mouthwash. It helps with mouth sores that occur to some people under chemo. It is a prescription. I understand about the lack of energy. I had treatment two times a month. Are they checking you platelet count? If that gets too low, treatment should be delayed until it is normal. Iron supplements worked for me, but they can irritate the stomach. Drink a lot of water. It really helps.

      about 5 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar
      alivenwell

      Is it worth it? Yes. I have regularly had CEA tests after chemo ended in June 2013. I'm approaching 3 years without cancer showing up.

      about 5 years ago
    • DoreenLouise's Avatar
      DoreenLouise

      I followed a different plan than alivenwell. I fasted, other than fluids which consisted of water and one cup of hot tea or coffee, which I drank a lot of prior to chemo. I ate an evening meal at 6:00 pm and had chemo at 11:00 am the following day. I ate, usually home made chicken noodle soup made with a whole organic chicken and vegetables that I discarded after the soup was done, within an hour after receiving chemo. I did this based upon a clinical study that showed fasting prior to chemo caused less side effects. I did well and had minimal side effects from AC and Taxol for nearly 5 months. Best wishes.

      about 5 years ago

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