Cured wrote:Nate, I am blessed not to need blood products, nor nupegen, and am able to avoid infections when on chemo.
I encourage you and others to do the full FOLFOX regimen. Statistically the Oxaliplatin adds to your life expectancy. The platinum has some misery- neuropathy- but I accept temporary inconvenience in order to stay alive. Here in the Club I have read too many people quitting the treatment due to it being uncomfortable. My FOLFOX was 8 cycles post surgery; which gave me 10 years cancer free. It would have been 12 cycles - but since I had 6 weeks of continuously pumped 5FU while doing daily radiation before surgery, my ONC said 8 cycles adjunct (after surgery mop-up chemo) was enough.
Since my cancer metastisized 10 years later, I had to do more chemo: this time 12 rounds of FOLFIRI. This time the 5FU was accompanied by Irinotecan instead of Oxaliplatin; still with Leucovorin. It was easier to tolerate- no “electrical shock” of fingers nor frying of nerve-endings. Instead I endured diarrhea- which is still better than leaving my family behind.
May God give you the strength to endure the chemo.
Thank you for sharing your info. I wish you and your family all the best. My dad's oncologist said that given my dad age, over 70yrs old he would have a hard time with oxaliplatin. Also, oxaliplatin add 2-3% to overall cancer free. My dad will be on 5FU + leucoverin for 6 months. I am starting to think being cancer free or cure is a "Luck" factor. If chemo find the cancer cell and kill it then cancer free, else cancer return. The luck is in chemo finding the cancer cell.
I feel as a caregiver, I can use law of attraction to tip the scale of "Luck". I find praying and wishing help my anxiety, taking action to ask questions and do it when decision is made.
Cure, how often in the past 10yrs did you do a ct scan or check up on cancer free?
Caregiver to 80M
2/28-3/14 TPN bc ileus
3/2 2nd surgeryCloseOpenWound
size: 6cm Adenocarcinoma
Stage IIIC T3N2aMx
MSI:MMR (MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, PMS2) Intact nuclear expression
Laparascopic, partial colectomy
Chemo:4/16/19-9/17/19 5FU,12cycles,every 14days,leucoverin,zofran,Dexamethasone