• my hisband will have his last chemo next friday..hasnt had radioation they say it no use..but once chemo done then what?

    Asked by beth2012 on Tuesday, January 8, 2013

    my hisband will have his last chemo next friday..hasnt had radioation they say it no use..but once chemo done then what?

    Does this mean chemo did its job and removed the cancer?

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    • Harry's Avatar

      The docs will probably run some tests and scans on him to determine just that. Or, if it is not gone, how much of an effect was there.

      almost 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Sometimes it just depends on the cancer. I will be finishing on Thursday this week w/chemo. No radiation in my future because my surgeon is confident he got it all and the chemo was just to mop up any lingering cells. In my case, there were no tumors to target w/radiation. As Harry suggested, I will eventually be getting a CT scan to make sure nothing is lurking, but not until 6 months post chemo.

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      In most cases, stage IV cancer is treated as a chronic disease. Chemo is the primary option for metastasized cancer because it is systemic. Metastatic cancer involves more than just a single tumor. The objective of chemotherapy in those cases is to reduce the number of cancer cells where ever they may have spread and slow down the progression of the cancer.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Beth, After chemo ther will be a scan to see whatthe chemo has done and if the cancer is not visable any more then the chemo has done its job. If teh canceris visable but smaller or the same size the chemo is doing its job weel but is not done so there will likely be more chemo. if the cancer has grown then they have to assess what to do next as the chemo hasn't been effective. They may try a different chemo or a trial. When the cancer is gone, reguardless of the stage, in the future your husband will get scans on a regular basis to look and see if the cancer has returned. The idea is to find any reoccurance as early as possible and then hit it as soon as possible. Good Luck and let us kow how it goes.

      almost 4 years ago
    • LuvinSis' Avatar

      His doctors should have a treatment plan, including post chemo testing and what happens depending on testing results. When is his next appointment with his oncology treatment team?

      almost 4 years ago
    • Buttercup's Avatar

      Hi beth2012. I have stage IV lung cancer. I did not have radiation either. The nodules in my rt. lung are too wide spread for radiation. I have 2 more chemo treatments left. After each of the rounds, I have another CT scan. The chemo has kept it from spreading and they have shrunk. You never said what kind of cancer your husband is being treated for but I would ask his Doctor if he will be checked periodically for any results from the chemo. I hope everything goes well for him and his cancer will shrink. I just put my trouble in Gods hands and asked his help tp stay strong.

      almost 4 years ago

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