• Passing Up 2nd Half of Chemotherapy. (Hypothetical)

    Asked by Indie136 on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

    Passing Up 2nd Half of Chemotherapy. (Hypothetical)

    Has anyone known of anyone after being at NED, just pass further treatment or completion of their chemotherapy?

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Yes.....but the Docs usually will want you to finish.

      12 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I have experience with this. I finished all chemo, and was at the end of radiation treatments. My oncologists decided that I didn't need the last 3 treatments. I didn't take them and was happy to go off into the World and live my life. 6 months later the cancer was back. So, I started another whole year of chemo. I would have gladly taken those last three treatments instead of having to go through another year of chemo. So the million dollar question is, did my cancer return because I didn't take those last 3? Nobody knows, but still, I will always think that if I had taken those it wouldn't have come back.

      As tough as it is no to finish, it's much, much tougher to start all over and go through another year or two of treatments.

      12 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      Yes. They were concerned to continue on the trial. My side effects were getting bad but my scans were great so they decided not to finish. That was a year and a half ago and scans are still great.

      12 months ago
    • HardyGirl's Avatar
      HardyGirl (Best Answer!)

      I want to be a "One and Done" I don't want to have to start all over again. If they say it's "usually" done with xxxx treatments, then that's how many I want. I can and will take it.

      12 months ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      Yes, mine got cut short three rounds early due to serious complications. Unfortunately my cancer returned.
      I hated my chemo but still would have done it if it'd had a choice. I knew my case was borderline and that not having the last 3 treatments wasn't helpful, but it was poisoning me.

      12 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Part of my Chemo was cancelled prior to surgery because the Dr.s felt I would be too weak to undergo surgery. I did have the brutal 5fu I had reached a weight of 93lbs. I had a nasal feeding tube and could barely walk. The surgeon was dubious about reducing chemo. I did have a reoccurrence

      12 months ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar
      HeidiJo

      I had 6 treatments, was NED, but my Dr. wanted me to do 2 more, just for good measure, but I was DONE. Could not do any more. This is my 8th year in remission

      12 months ago
    • BIBmom's Avatar
      BIBmom

      My son complete the prescribed 6 mo. of chemo, following surgery for rectal cancer, which was preceded by radiation and oral chemo. A year later a single pulmonary nodule, cancerous, appear in the right middle lobe of his lung. The lobe was removed, and there was no further evidence at that point of additional metastases. He got conflicting advice as to whether to do additional chemo or not. The "not" advice doctors indicated that there experience was the chemo might delay recurrence but would not prevent. He choose not to get the chemo. A little less than a year later, a few more very small spots emerged. He then did another 6 months of chemo and has been on maintenance oral chemo & Avastin for 3 months. Drs believe chemo is still there, but too small to show up on PET. We are looking for an alternative to surgery (not possible as to one tiny spot) to remove the remaining sponts in the lungs.

      12 months ago
    • joyce1979's Avatar
      joyce1979

      I did not do the chemo after the surgery. I kept having this still small voice tell me not to do it and when I agreed, small things kept coming up to delay the chemo (abscessed spider bite that required medical care , bad cold, sprained foot,etc.). The onc didn't push but let me know that cancer could recur , but ultimately it was my decision. I had "peace" or "some-type of spiritual contentment" when I finally decided against additional chemo. I just " knew" not to have the additional chemo. My spirit, life, soul, and check-ups are in harmony. I will have been cancer free for 6 yrs. in March.

      12 months ago
    • joyce1979's Avatar
      joyce1979

      Just more, I do go for regular check-ups with my onc including bloodwork and tests.

      12 months ago
    • Pgf26791's Avatar
      Pgf26791

      I have 4 more rounds to go and it is hard to think of 2 more more months of this misery. I would actually like to quit now, but I have a very determined family with all of their 'rah rah' slogans pushing me to finish. The chemo started out innocent enough, but has gotten worse each session.
      I began treatment as a 'whole' person able to get around and do things. I am now pretty much reduced to a vegetable sitting in a wheelchair. I am betting on whether the chemo or the cancer will kill me first.

      12 months ago

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