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Thread: My mom is early stage 3 colon cancer - 73 and filefox chemo - 1st round hard!

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    My mom is early stage 3 colon cancer - 73 and filefox chemo - 1st round hard!

    Hi - My 73 year old very strong mom just had her first round of the filefox (sp?) chemo and it really hit her hard. She is off the pump now and the home health nurse said that you "usually" see it hit hard until the 3rd or 4th round NOT first round.

    She was very very nausea and big headache and just can tell feels like "sh*t".

    She is taking 3 nausea medicines and that seemed to help a bit.

    Is this how its going to go already? We were so upbeat that she could handle this. But is it her age??? Do older people have a harder time? (Doc said that she really thinks because my mom is healthy otherwise - has taken care of herself - that she really wanted her to try it.)

    Doc said if it is too hard for her to handle they'd change routes and go to the other type - can't remember name. But she said that the filefox is best for better statistic of reoccurance.

    Her history?

    She had a polyp 12 years ago that was malignant - and at that time took out a piece of her colon - then this spring in routine colonospopy found small 1 inch cancer. Took another section out and also took 35 of her lymph nodes and 1 was cancerous. Doctor says early stage 3.

    No other heath problems and pet scan was "clean" (with the fine print)

    Thanks for any answer to my question.

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    hello ilovestyle- Im sorry to hear about your moms cancer. If your mom has a fairly strong body and will stage three isnt great but its not at the worst either.
    obviously the 1st round was waay too dtrong(altho these symptoms occur to most individuals-unfortunately no way around it) she needs to work with the oncologist and he will reduce the dose to tolorable for her-or if he thinks it wont wont for her then it will be switched to a different regime-they have several to try till they find something that works for her.
    unfortunately-things will never be the same -the goal is to prolong life as much as possible with some success at clearing things up or keeping it at bay. she was very fortunate that the last two times it seemed to work for her with the surgeries. I dont believe its the age-my mom stage IV and going on year 6 still in battle over this and she will be 78 I lelieve this comming month. I have her looooooog story cont from another one but this one starts on the colon cancer forum under moms surgery which was a bout 2 years into all this at that point. that was her 3rd surgery, so dont give up . I will pray for her. hang in there and keep us posted.
    MOMS Journey
    April06- Emergencysurgery,exploratory,10units blood,largetumor and 10inches of colon removed,temp.colostomy.diagnosed stage IV colon.
    Oct06-radiation,surgery,several lymphs,cervix,1 ovary,fallopian,40% remaining colon,large tumor to adipose tissue,appendix,gallbladder removed.permant colostomy/iliostomy
    April 07-xeloda-overdose
    surgery-1/3liver,partial diaphra, removed clipped and questionable spots oblated.
    port-port rejection-port removed 1week.
    picc line,5fu,oxyplatin,camptosar.
    Oct-08-surgery-remaining ovary engulfed in tumor,partial bone scrape.
    transfusion central line TPN 1 month.
    oct-09-surgery tumor ,colon and jejuneum removed.
    xeloda reduced. severe dehydration,heart attack.
    mar-11 return to original site-oxyplatin,5fu
    dec-28-blood transfusion
    dec-30-back to chemo erbitux camtosar
    Jan-16 injections neulasta and aranesp
    feb 21-Tumor found stomach,liver, and liver "hot spots" inflamed lymph in rt ureter in kidney causing obstruction-surgery schedualed Mar 16.
    march 16/12-no more kidney obstruction not lymph ...dehydration is causing blockage, two litters blood for anemia, stomach liver tumor small-med,abalation, 1 hidden tumor deep in muscle mass on side flank(hid from scans) -gone!
    june/15/12-blood transfusion
    starting a regimine of celebrex
    aug/16/12-blood transfusion
    aug/30-12 discontinued celebrex -failure one kidney. needed to see urologist
    sept/10-12-good urologist report one kidney functioning well for now.
    oct/23/12-chemo pill Stivarga(regorafenib)
    Nov/22/12-blood transfusion
    dec/18/12-blood transfusion chemo pill dosage cut back to 1 pill.
    Feb/21/13 neulasta injection
    Feb/22/13-blood transfusion. still taking stivarga.
    mar/20/13-arenespt injection rehydration and magnesium IV
    mar/21/13-acute renal failure-kidney infection
    april/1/13.-recovery from 4 day coma infection cleared/4 units blood/ off stivarga/starting rehab therapy,
    swollen hand no apparent reason black spots in vision off and on. both cleared up.
    may/22/13-home oxycodone for pain shoulder neck arm
    june/1/13 pain subsided off oxy onto aleve
    june/09/13-pain back off aleve on vicodin
    june 10/13-cancer in back/neck- starting radiation for arm neck and shoulder pain.
    june24/13-last day of radiation-on steroids
    july1/13-swollen legs and feet-lasix off steroids still on vicodin and xanax
    july 23/13 vicodin cut in half blood transfusion.
    sept/6/13-off all pain meds since late aug
    scan results fracture in spine mid back
    sept/12/13-spine healing on its own,weaning off steroids, no visible tumors.
    nov/7/13-edema both legs and one arm on lasix since oct.
    nov/21/13- leg edema subsiding still alot in one arm- she is talking but keeps her eyes closed. achy but no major pain. nurse and aide to visit once a week schedualed. having trouble standing.
    nov/24/13-sadly but peacefully moms cancer journey is at an end, she will start her new spiritual journey together hand in hand with dad.

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    Hi ilovestyle, How Is your Mom?


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