Hi everyone. My 56yr old mother was diagnosed with stage 4 CC on Dec 23/09. We're from Toronto, Canada, and she is being treated at one of the top 5 cancer centers in the world.
She is really not good right now. After her diagnosis it was like she almost immediately lost interest in food. Getting her to eat has been a struggle for the last 3 months. She has tried many different types of meds, but nothing makes her want to eat a heavy meal. She is rapidly losing weight. Last week she was weighed and she only weighs 98lbs, not including her tumors and fluid buildup - pretty scary.
She has been on gem/cisp chemo combo. But it seems like she was never able to have more then 2 cycles in a row. The doctors would always postpone treatments due to low WBCs or low proteins. She is in palliative care right now and she just had another CT scan done. It appears as though the chemo was helping to break up the tumor located in her liver but the tumors she has on her omentum have grown from 1cm to 4cm, and there is is new mass located behind her womb. In other words chemo is not working and my mom is so weak that treatment has to be stopped. We were told that one more chemo treatment would probably kill her. My mom is so weak she can't even go the washroom on her own, in fact she can't even change positions in her bed on her own anymore. Once in awhile she sits up in the wheel chair, but she is now using O2 to do so.
She also has really bad ascites. She had a perm cathater inserted into her abdomen area, there is a valve at the end of it, and the nurse just hooks up a bag and turns the valve and the fluid drains. Yesterday 5L were drained.
It's hard to believe that 5 months ago she felt great, andwe had no idea she was ill.
We are having a family meeting this afternoon at 3 with her Oncologist.