• Is there a point in your treatment where you hit the bottom and start to come back up as far as hitting the worst of it?

    Asked by MerryMaid on Friday, April 20, 2018

    Is there a point in your treatment where you hit the bottom and start to come back up as far as hitting the worst of it?

    Or does it just continue to get worse and worse until the final end of treatment? I keep hoping I will hit a point and start to turn around.

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      MerryMaid, is your cancer responding to your treatments? If not, have you considered a second opinion or getting into a clinical trial (if you're not already) ... my advice is to be VERY proactive and if things aren't going the way they should, try something else.

      Have you had your tumors genetically tested for mutations? I know with lung cancer that's a huge thing. I am not sure if it is as meaningful right now with all cancers. In other words, with lung cancer, there are 6 or so mutations for which there are specific therapies and those therapies are pretty effective, at least for awhile.

      Good luck!! I hope you start back on the upward swing soon too!!!!

      9 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I can say that none of my three Dx treatments got better after any length of time. Mine progressively got worse until the end. But just as soon as they stopped, the side effects started to go away and things started improving. I know it seems like you'll never get to the finish line, but once you do, it's a great feeling! We all wish you the best!

      9 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      Like others mine got worse until I had to stop but that was almost two years ago. However, some of the side effects I had my doctor was able to help me with so in some ways I guess some parts did get better or easier to manage.

      9 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I read the question wrong! I thought her cancer was progressing, but she is feeling horrible from treatments. I have to agree with Greg and Sandi - mine didn't get better either until they stopped. Or, that was the case while on traditional chemotherapy. I felt/feel pretty good on immunotherapy.

      9 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      It got worse and worse and worse for me until agony was not descriptive enough a word.

      Then it was over. Healing begins rather quickly but total healing may take a bit of a while and much effort on your part.

      Hang in there. Best wishes.

      9 months ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      Sometimes just stopping the treatments for awhile and getting on with the healing is the way to go. The treatments kill a lot of cancer but destroy much of the rest of the body. Sometimes it may be time to stop the killing and get on with the healing....Just my opinion.

      9 months ago
    • biga17133's Avatar

      I will let you know when that happens praying for it soon,, seems every day is harder but I put my trust in god and ,I'm still taking a bath by myself biga17133

      9 months ago
    • merpreb's Avatar

      I had cisplatin and navelbine for 4 months. About half way through I felt a it better but my numbers were horrible/ By the end I could only receive 1/4 of a dose. But I was happy with that. And healing began very quickly. That is not to say that it was a quick process. If you are not living any sort of life I'd talk to your doctor, or seek another opinion, or stop.

      9 months ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar

      Chemo was tough, but I got thru it ok, have side effects now 2 yrs later, neuropathy and CRS..ie Chemo Brain.

      9 months ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      I wanted to quit when I was about 3/4th of the way done. The stress due to feeling so lousy had gotten to me (along with other factors) and I just told my husband I was done. He reluctantly told me that it was my decision. I told my oncologist who said, absolutely not. He said, you are this close to the finish line, you can take a break, but you have to finish.

      Shortly after, I ended up in the hospital after a bad fall. They weren't sure whether the extreme pain was from the fall or from metastasize to the bones. After a whole night of tests, it was determined to be from the injuries. My oncologist told me, take a few weeks off, recover from the fall and then we'll adjust the meds and get to the finish line.

      I think I was just so relieved that it hadn't metastasized into the bones. That was the push I needed to finish out the last few treatments.

      9 months ago
    • Lauraandmary's Avatar

      Things started to get really tough about 1 month before the end of treatment. We thought we were in the home stretch, then came 2 more emergency hospitalizations in the month before the end of treatment. We were so dispirited and felt like the wheels were coming off. There was a lovely oncology nurse practitioner in the ED who reassured us "This is when it can become really tough." When mom's radiation oncologist announced that she was NOT done with treatment on what we thought was the last cycle (he wanted to do a booster cycle), I fell apart. I had come to hate the hospital by then. Then came the side effects that required hospitalization for low sodium, surgery to repair damage done by the radiation. Things really did not settle out for at least 2 years.

      9 months ago

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