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I agree with this was posted 03/31/2010 10:18 pm by lyn
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This is a very appropriate first line treatment regimen, and is not at all experimental. It is aggressive, and for patients who are doing pretty well ('good functional status') to start with, it has the best current evidence for being effective.

It was first suggested by my mom's local oncologist, who is very familiar with all of the clinical trial results and thought this was her best shot. She also was very sick at the time, with a lot of metastatic disease. I confirmed the recommendation with oncologists at both MD Anderson and Johns Hopkins and another local university hospital before we started. All agreed that it was appropriate.

She is responding well so far.

The cold sensitive neuropathy side effects can be startling, so definitely be prepared for them. I recommend asking your oncologist for the pre/post treatment of calcium/magnesium to decrease your chances (in theory...) of developing the more permanent neuropathy symptoms. My mom also finds the regimen tiring for 1 week after each treatment. Her counts also suffer - especially her platelet and white blood counts, and we have already had to delay chemo once due to that. However, everyone is different in terms of their side effects.

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