I decided not to go with chemo. Results prior to this option were very good , only my age of 49 (50) this October was talked about
I believe chemo for people who have very bad cancer but I am in a grey area according to the doctors. That it is only extra little insurance . My stats were 94% survival and 89% never coming back .. My lymph nodes and margins all clear and cancer in situ. .. I am not putting my body through all that for a poss 2% extra insurance
according to my doctors, chemo or no chemo you can still get cancer back , may go into remission but never cured
thanks an anyway for giving your views on the subject
Well said Maryland.
Personally I avoided the internet, forums and support groups until I was well out the other side of 'active' treatment. Didn't want to compare notes and be potentially frightened f*rtless by other people's experiences.
Melykins - everyone has a choice about whether to proceed with any medical treatment, however strongly it may be recommended by healthcare professionals. You have to consent to treatment. But please don't be swayed by reports of the severity of other people's side-effects. It could be different for you. Generally people who don't have bad side-effects from surgery, chemo, radiotherapy, endocrine therapy etc. won't be posting on forums about this fact. Best wishes, whatever you decide.
Hi all, and thank you for your responses and sorry for those having a difficult time of it.
I ended up in hospital on the wednesday afternoon with neutropenic sepsis, too weak to travel by taxi the hospital sent an ambulance! My count was 0.5 despite being on the gcsf . They got my pain under control and my count also went up to 1.5, but the fec will be tweaked next time round on the 16th!
Just home this afternoon ~ taking it very very easy .
Hi all...I am new this forum so bear with me...It is so refreshing to read all your posts and realise that I am not on my own.I am going for my 3rd session of Fec t tomorrow so am not feeling very optimistic today. The first session was awful.Sick for 5 days and then just felt out of it for the next week. I saw my oncologist and they upped the anti sickness meds for the 2nd session. I had no sickness which was great but I was still very out of it for about 10 days. I always say to friends and family that I'll be back in 2 weeks as it's week 3 when I start to feel like myself. I'm hoping it will be a little better this time as my body will be more used to it. Fingers crossed.
I was really sick after my first FEC and ended up in hospital due to dehydration. The following week I got an infection and had an overnight spell in hospital and ten days of antibiotics. Spoke to my consultant who has changed my anti sickness meds for my next course of FEC. I am really hoping it gets better. I have had a sore mouth, felt nauseous, a sore throat and lost my hair. A great three weeks.
Hi I,m sorry you,re feeling so rubbish. I was also on fec-t and can honestly say the side effects after the first treatment were by far the worst, I thought I,d never get through it. But fortunately it did get slightly better each time and I actually coped better with the 't' part. Good luck with the rest of your treatment xx
I had round one of fec-t on thursday afternoon, within a few hours I was very dizzy and vomitting, which fortunately subsided, but the next four days feeling nausea and flu like pains in shoulders, groin and legs. Monday mild vertigo kicked in but by the afternoon even laying on the sofa was making me giddy. Today the nurse got me some emergency supplies of Prochlorprozine and some five hours later feeling an improvement. Along with sore dry mouth, horrid taste and smell, feeling wiped out with no energy and chemo brain. Im told this could be the pattern for me on subsequent treatments, which is very worrying as I really didn't want to be this debilitated 😞