My mom feels a bit better after taking loperamide and emptying bowels, but then she also eats frequently to fight the nausea and keep energy level, so the bloating feeling does not go away for long.
X-ray on Monday showed that the pleural fluid is slowly draining. Our onc was confident that it means chemo is working systemically so ascites is very very unlikely to happen. He did not even bother to do a ultrasonic.
I just called the clinic today to see if the onc would prescribe some pills for relief or consider further scan... I hope it goes away on its own. The scare is overwhelming.
Supporter to my mom (64 yr); KRAS wild type; MSS
2012: DX Stage I, rectal cancer; resection and colostomy, no chemo
5/16: DX Stage III, mets found; right groin lymph node and soft tissue nodules
5-6/16: Radiation + Xeloda
7/16: DX Stage IV, pleural effusion; cancer cells found in fluid
7-12/16: Xelox + Avastin X 6
1/17: Clean PET scan, NED
2/17: Pleural effusion; recurrence
4/17: Iri + Erb X 3
5/17: Ascites; Chemo failed
6/17: Keytruda X 1
7/17: TECENTRIQ (atezolizumab) + COTELLIC (cobimetinib)