• Working or not

    Asked by Blackmama on Saturday, October 5, 2013

    Working or not

    Hi to all, I've been doing okay and hope all of you guys are also. Question: I'm half-way through my chemo treatment (2 of 4) and doing pretty good. Have not lost my hair or any other body part (yet). Is there a way to tell whether or not the medicine is actually working? Just wondering! Thanks, Blackmama

    3 Answers from the Community

    • Peroll's Avatar

      Without a scan or other test it is not possible to tell if the chemo is working. If your chemo is to prevent future metastases (spreading) not to attack a known and seen tumor then you will likely never know if the chemo did any good. Even if the chemo is for a known tumor, unless that tumor shrinks or disappears it may be difficult to know if the chemo did any good at all. That all is the bad news but it does not mean any of us should not have an indicated chemo treatment as chemo can and often does delay the progression of cancer and gives the Drs more time to find a complete cure. Hope this helps and Good Luck

      over 5 years ago
    • Carolj0205's Avatar

      Hi, I think your Dr. Should tell you if it is working. Shrinkage of rumors. Some chemo agents don't have hair loss as a side effect. I was on oxalaplatin and 5 FU, the latter was given 24 hours daily thru a pump, and the first every week and a half delivered over one and a half hours. Then, mop up chemos after surgery. I has a lot of nausea though. Ate thru a tube. Later though, after treatment I had hair grow in ..on the back of my head....that was curly.

      over 5 years ago
    • snuzsuz's Avatar

      I didn't lose my hair until the end of the 4th treatment. I know it is different for everyone. Some don't lose their hair at all. I was Carbo-Taxol, or something like that. My tumors shrunk to nothing and now I am cancer free but I wondered just like you. They had to do another PET scan before they knew if it was working or not, and I had to wait 4 months after my last radiation treatment so the PET scan would read correctly.

      over 5 years ago

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