How do lifestyle factors and exposure to environmental substances affect our cancer risk?
by rose1726 on Fri Jul 20, 2012 03:11 AM
He developed an infection that they believe is in the GI tract. At first they thought it was a staph infection. I almost wish it was. They will have to do another endoscopy to see if there is an absyss somewhere.
Hubby is depressed after being hospitalized for a week after 1st chemo treatment. He just wants to stop everything. Has anyone else had this happen where there loved one wants to give up treatment. I know it is a personal decision but I believe he feels this way because of the infection he has.
by momof3crazies on Tue Jul 24, 2012 03:11 AM
My mom also has PC but never got the flofirinox...from what I have heard it is a horrendous chemo with lots of side effects. Not sure what stage or anything he is in. But maybe ask about gemcitibine. It's less side effects. But there again not sure it would work for him. My mom did gemcitibine and xeloda at the same time. Worked for awhile but unfortunately the cancer metastasized :(
by gwensfirst on Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:10 PM
So sorry your husband is having a tough time. Implore him not to give up. This was only his first crack at it. He still has so many options..different chemos, different regimens. My mom became very ill with her chemo as well and her doctor was able to adjust the dose and the time intervals between chemos to make it tolerable for her, and even at a reduced dose, the gemzar kept her Stage III pancreatic cancer stable from August thru February of this year. She agreed to continue as long as she was able to have more good days than bad..quality over quantity. In fact, during her good weeks she was able to go play bridge and have people over for dinner parties. She loved to entertain.
In my mom's case, she finally elected to stop in February when she no longer was able to bounce back from chemo and had no good days between chemo, but her cancer was still just Stage III when she stopped. Scans showed no spread other than locally and no change in tumor size. Unfortunately, when she started out, the cancer had already beaten her down so far that she was kind of behind the 8-ball out of the gate. She was also 80 years old.
Please give your husband my best and tell him there may be many better days ahead. He has to give the doctors more than one chance to help him fight.
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