rp1954 wrote:No port is usually pretty difficult for oxi- over just a few times bare, or else some aggravation with a Picc line installed in the arm for a while. A few have done okay for longer stretches with oxi- but most going bare stop sooner than later.
Otherwise, without a port, your bff might go mostly with oral chemo, which is possible but not standard by a long shot. Maintenance xeloda (oral) + Avastin (usually a quick IV) is better, is still a placeholder. Basically oral chemo, like Xeloda (capecitabine) alone is not considered strong enough alone for stage IV.
Other mild oral adjuncts have been used quite successfully but most oncologists will laugh at you because they don't follow this stuff closely or at all. We have had to use MDs interested in integrative chemistry and medicine, as well as cancer.
oral chemo + celecoxib (Celebrex) + cimetidine (for CA199 over 2 at least) + PSK + baby aspirin, plus lots of specialized, high potency supplements. The difference here is that some of these drugs and supplements we scaled back only a week or less before surgery, and some thru surgery (cimetidine). Normal chemo stops 3 weeks before surgery and Avastin stops 6 weeks before surgery. We have managed mCRC well, without Avastin, oxi- or iri- for all 8 years.
We've used IV vitamin C and supplements to (re)start chemo soon after surgery, to damp down common infections, accelerate wound healing, and remove chemo sores. IV vitamin C + old antibiotics work surprising well according to CAM doctors, and our experiences too.
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