chrissyrice wrote:Wife of Guy,
That is a great question. I believe it is one that is asked a lot here and at the doctors office.
Having experienced 12 rounds of first line chemo and then just recently radiation and xeloda for a recurrence of mCRC to my iliac and abdominal aorta.
I will tell you I wanted to die rather than finish those 28 radiation treatments. I asked both my oncologist and radiation doctor the same question.... please can we just stop the treatments and go straight to surgery?
I was so sick from the treatments I needed IV fluids twice a week along with bed rest. When I asked the question about stopping the doctors both answered no and understood it was not as easy as regular first line chemo. It was awful.
What they did for me was give me a break of a day or two and ordered the twice a week IV fluids... my potassium was always critically low. Going forward to complete the 28 rounds of chemo and radiation I did have the option to get to my appointment later in the day or skip a day when I was too nauseated to even raise my head.
I took Zofran and Emend around the clock to keep it at bay. Lots of water and the IV fluids too. Eating was a chore but baked potatoes (easy pickup from Wendy's) or bananas were my go to food along with Boost on crushed ice and yogurt.
So those 28 treatments got spread out a bit and the recovery was reassuring that I did complete the radiation. On December 20th, 2017, I had a successful 8+ hour surgery with 3 surgeons to reconstruct my iliac arteries, aorta resection, left kidney removal, small bowel resection. There was quite a bit of scar tissue and adhesions that needed to be removed as well. Parts of my large bowel were plastered to the abdominal wall and the tumor was rapped around the aorta and laying on my spine.
I was lucky that my blood loss was minimal and that a surprise blood clot was repaired and a stent placed to restore a good pulse to my left leg at the end of the surgery while I was still on the table. The doctors got clean margins this time and cleaned out all visible cancer. I am not doing mop up chemo as this would just be to hard on the body. I will be doing follow up scans every 3 to 6 months.
I hope my story is encouraging to your guy. This stuff is really really hard and a good outcome is my hope for him as well.
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