• Wondering whether to continue chemotherapy

    Asked by rickbr on Saturday, July 21, 2012

    Wondering whether to continue chemotherapy

    Wondering whether my wife should continue chemo. She has stage 4 stomach cancer and has had 6 bouts, 18 wks, of chemo EOX regimen. She has responded well and the latest scan shows no active cancer. She has been off xeloda now for 2 weeks as her WBC and platelets were very low and she has some discoloration side effects. She also has colitis now which the Dr. said could be from chemo or an infection. She has taking antibiotics since Monday. She is getting back to feeling very good. She's due for bout 7 next Tuesday (oxaliplatin and epirubicin) and xeloda pills and her oncologist is indicating that it's our decision. We don't know what to base a decision on. Help, suggestions, would be appreciated. Thanks!

    2 Answers from the Community

    • Bellamore's Avatar

      You oncologist should help you make the decision. He's the guy with all the facts. Push him a little harder. Ask him what he would do.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      During my first bout with cancer, I was told that I didn't need the last two treatments. I wasn't given a choice, they just said your done. My cancer came back 4 months later. Maybe it wouldn't have if I had the last two?
      As tough as the treatments are, and I know how good you get to feeling after a few weeks off of them, and it's hard to go back on the treatments. If it was me, today, I would take the treatments.

      Just my opinion, my body, and my experience having had cancer 3 times. I wish you the very best and hope your journey with cancer gets much easier.

      over 4 years ago

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