• my mother is 83 and going for radio embolization , she is frail can she survive this

    Asked by anne25 on Friday, July 11, 2014

    my mother is 83 and going for radio embolization , she is frail can she survive this

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      My cancer is completely different but from what I've learned from talking to the nurses at my infusion center, this treatment has pretty mild side effects and should be well-tolerated by most patients. I don't know how frail your Mom is but her doctors probably wouldn't recommend this treatment if it would put her at risk. From what I've heard, the biggest challenge may be getting her to eat as one of the possible side effects is nausea. Be prepared for that with food and beverages that she will enjoy.

      Bless you for taking such good care of your Mom and please keep us posted.

      almost 5 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Great advice from Kalindria. You mother may be stronger than she looks. I was worried that my 81 year old mother would have to go through radiation and lumpectomy, but she came through with flying colors and is still with us today, 5 years later.

      almost 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Yes, she can survive it. That's where you start, her particular situation will make it easier or harder to do so depending on it. I wish her the best in beating it, let us know how things go for her.

      almost 5 years ago
    • anne25's Avatar
      anne25

      Thank you for caring and your kind words and advice

      almost 5 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I think her doctors are aware of her health, and wouldn't suggest treatment that she couldn't tolerate. There are many 83 year olds who are very young for their age. I wish you both well.

      almost 5 years ago
    • anne25's Avatar
      anne25

      I thank all of you so much. She has her good day
      and bad days I am trying to get her to.eat more nutritious does anyone have any suggestions.

      almost 5 years ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      Anne - at this point, feed her what she wants and will eat. If it's nutritious, fine -- but if it's not, at least she's eating something. I went through a phase where I ate stuff I liked as a kid: spaghetti, canned ravioli, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, popsicles and ice cream!

      almost 5 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      My parents supplement their diets with a bottle of Boost every night, frozen like ice cream or a milk shake, and they look forward to eating it before they go to bed while watching TV. They prefer the taste of chocolate Boost to Ensure. There are several types of Boost, and the High Protein is what they buy. My least favorite is the Calorie Smart Boost.

      They've mentioned they've also bought a powdered can of Boost and sprinkled some on their cereal, although I haven't seen it.

      almost 5 years ago

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