my mom is 81 years old, very late stages of ovarian cancer that seems to have spread to other areas. She has had a treatment aabout every three weeks foe almost two years. How many chemo treatments is enough? How many is normal? From the beginning, we have been told this is management issue there is no cure. So far no pain, just discomfort when stomach fills with fluid, When fluid is drained, about every three weeks she has a good week, then starts to go down hill again.View Thread
my mother is 81 years old and has been diagnosed with late stages of ovarian cancer that has spread thru her abdomin and very close to lungs. She has been on several different chemo drugs since december of 2009, some had noticeable side effects and some had none. At first she lost her hair while on taxol, but with the others her hair has returned. She says she is not in any pain. The only discomfort comes as the tumors in her abdomin break the and the fluid fills her stomach. every two to three weeks the fluid is drained and she has some relief for a little while. The chemo is IV. She goes every to to three weeks for a treatment, (6 hours or so) depending on blood work, she is really tired for the next day or so, but then seems to be comfortable for awhile. I have read about something called intraperitneal chemo where the drug coats the tumors, my moms doctor has not responded to questions about this. Any thoughts?View Thread
Thanks for responding, I really appreciate it and I shared it with my mom. She was on Taxol as well and had same problems as you, almost immediatlely. It sounds like your a fighter and I think you will be there to see your greeat grand daughter born and her first christmas. My mothers treatment has been basically a pain and comfort issue. As with pain management, setting small attainable goals makes the journey a little easier to manage. Over the past 2 years my mom has had small goals and expectations. The first was the high school graduation of my twin daughters, who her first grand children, then it was to see one more christmas, then the twins birthday, then the start of college. All within months of each other. I think god works in strange ways sometimes, we had the family to our house for mine and my brothers birthdays in early June . It was a good day, although mom tired very quickly and didn't stay long. she wanted to come to our house since we were always going to hers. The couple weeks after that visit she started going downhill, blood counts very low, body temp very low, and sounding really run down. Several b12 shots and lots of prayers. Heres the strange ways part.. my daughters and one of their friends were training to race in a triathalon later in the month on June 20th, another short term goal for my mom to watch some of the race. on the morning of 6/20 one of my daughetrs and her friend were on a training bicyle ride about 1 mile from home and they were hit by a car when the driver apparently not paying attention, reason is still unknown,drove off the road and hit both. Striking my daugherter first, she hit his windsheild leading with her elbow and then hit the side mirror with her hip, some how her legs were missed. Her friend was not as lucky. The driver continued off the road and hit her head on. Both had on helmets and there were no head injuries. my daughter is healing well with no broken bones. her friend is still in hospital with a broken femur and four pelvic breaks and is improving everyday. She may get out of hospital this week. Both girls are very lucky. The driver initially did not stop... He drove 100 yards down the road then came back and left again, but I think some of the people living near by saw him and he eventually pulled over, but did not call for help.. Initially we weren't sure whether to tell my mom or not. We decided after a day or so to let her know what happened so she would n't see on tv or in the papers. I guess the first amendment trumps any hope of privacy. The strange part is when we called to tell her she seemed weaker then the day before. But after we told her, she imediatley picked up. It was like another challenge was presented to her and she had a new reason to fight. She needed to see my daughter recover.. We spent part iof the 4th of july weekend with my parents and it was one of her best weekends in a while. This week is just a blood test week and my mom's tummy is staying pretty small. The following week will be another chemo as we continue to fight. Glenda, you and your family are in my prayers and I will keep you posted. MartyView Thread
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