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chemo was posted 02/19/2016 12:12 pm by Anonymous
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I don't see any reason why she shouldn't start taking the chemo, if she wants to.

If her pain needs better control, talk with the Palliative care docs and make sure she has a plan, and make sure she is getting enough reglan. If I recall, your Mom is actually doing better now, am I right? She is not worse compared with your posts over this past week? Your main concern is now the chemo side effects?

Actually, the chemo nurse was a little misleading. Most of the serious side effects of the chemo are NOT permanent, and most oncologists stop the chemo if some of the progressive side effects like neuropathy are starting to affect her function. And these are side effects that develop over many months, and not everyone is affected to the same degree. The only way to know is to try it, unfortunately.

Almost every person on this board is on chemo. We all get the same warnings. But most take the chemo. What are your choices otherwise? Not taking chemo leads to a result that is also permanent...

There is no alternative treatment right now that is so promising that you should choose it over chemo.

It sounds like your Mom's doctors and nurses are very negative in general, or your fear makes you hear it this way. Yes, this is a serious disease.... no doubt. But there are options, and it is up to your Mom. What does she want to do? Can you try to lift her spirits a little, while you are waiting for the anti-depressant medicines to work, and give her some hope?

I'm sorry this is so hard for you.

Please focus on what your Mom wants to do, and have close follow-up with the Palliative care doctors. You can always stop the chemo if she doesn't like it. Remember, there are choices.

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