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question about missing chemo appointment

Postby boxofrain » Wed May 13, 2015 3:45 pm


after 3 folfox 6 treatments abroad, i have returned to the us for treatment here. my next chemo should start5/18, but i will not be able to get it here so soon. is it ok if the4th tteatment is one week late? 2 weeks late? please advise!

i don't want to undo the benefits of the previous sessions


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Re: question about missing chemo appointment

Postby mstults » Wed May 13, 2015 4:49 pm

I'd check with oncologist but I don't think that would be a problem at all.
Male Age 53. Dx CC with numerous liver mets 6/23/12. Colon res 6/24/12. Started folfox 7/24/12. Added avastin 8/27/12. CT 12/27/12 still showing shrink. Took 17 rounds of FOLFOX. Then 5-FU + Avastin. Switched to Irinotecan for 1 yr. CEA rose to >400. Switched to Vectibix 2/18/15. CEA decreasing. Scans show some growth in liver mets. Lung Mets stable to shrinking.

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Re: question about missing chemo appointment

Postby jhocno197 » Wed May 13, 2015 8:42 pm

My husband's doctor was fine with him having to get one treatment a week late.
DH - dx Dec 2014, stage IV with bladder & peritoneal involvement - non-resectable
FOLFOX failed
FOLFIRI failed
Tumor actually distending pelvic skin
Not a candidate for last-ditch pelvic exenteration
Stivarga finally begun 2/19/16
Tumor growing/fungating
Lonsurf started 11/18/16
Died 3/10/17

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Re: question about missing chemo appointment

Postby Nik Colon » Thu May 14, 2015 1:01 am

it should be ok, some of us have had to miss some due to complications/counts so I would not worry. Butt again, ask your onc. Best wishes

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Re: question about missing chemo appointment

Postby KWT » Thu May 14, 2015 8:47 am

Use that extra time feeling good to your advantage. Your previous chemo rounds are still in there doing their thing.

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Re: question about missing chemo appointment

Postby weisssoccermom » Thu May 14, 2015 9:43 am

Patients have to miss appointments all the time.....sometimes due to an illness, things like a blood clot, low blood counts, etc. I wouldn't worry about a week or two. Have you figured out where you are going yet? Which doctor? Which facility?
The most important thing for you to concentrate on is just getting the appointment to get into seeing the oncologist so everything can get started as soon as possible.
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Re: question about missing chemo appointment

Postby Delinda2 » Thu May 14, 2015 1:50 pm

As long as you get it rescheduled right away & let the onc know your situation it should be fine. I had delays due to blood counts & once I asked for a weeks delay so I could go on a short trip and really enjoy it. He said no problem & the vacation would be good for me. Just reschedule and enjoy feeling better for an extra week. XXOXO, Delinda
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4/14 dx colon cancer,3C,9/22 nodes
Lymphatic,venous,&perineural invasion
<1cm margin,poorly differentiated
6/14 colostomy take down
7/14 FOLFOX w/9 Nulasta shots
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6/16 surgery-rescection on sigmoid, total hysterectomy, temp ileo, stage 4
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Re: question about missing chemo appointment

Postby Rob in PA » Thu May 14, 2015 10:21 pm

Its ok, I took an extra week off a good bit to get my mojo back :D
dx 11/07 crc IIIb @ 39
Xelox/Rad/ temp colostomy
LAR/J-pouch/ temp ileo
Failed reversal
2/09 liver mets; liver resect/ileo reversal
Folfiri/Avastin - 12
2/11 5 lung mets
Folfiri/Avastin 2011
SBRT 3/12
Lung met 5/13/ said NO to more chemo
SBRT 8/13
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Re: question about missing chemo appointment

Postby rdsd221 » Fri May 15, 2015 8:15 pm

Most of the meds linger in your system and continue to work for approx 30 days.

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