Topic: Information requested please
Hi all, I've posted before about my husband who was diagnosed on April 19, 2014, had a resection on May 2, and started chemo on June 4th. We are still trying to determine what our new normal is. Surgery was tolerated well, with no lymph node involvement and clear margins obtained. John had 55% of his liver removed. He is in Gem/Cis and is tolerating it pretty well I think. Mild nausea or queasiness, tired and no appetite. We are keeping his weight steady after a loss of 20 pounds since the diagnoses. John is doing the two week on, third week off regimen but my question is whether it's normal to always get the Gem/Cis, for a total of 6 months, instead of Gem/Cis, then Gem alone then off week? Wondering what the implications are that he is receiving both. Also, after his second infusion, his white blood count was low so he is now on Neupogen. He had an infusion on Wednesday, injections on Thursday and Friday. I know that everyone is different, but is the bone pain really intense? He is just starting to feel achy around his ribs. Onc indicated that chemo effect is compounded each week, so we are bracing ourselves.
Last question: Next week is our bye week. Does the nausea significantly subside during the week that you don't have infusion? We were thinking of traveling to Vegas to see the grand kids if typically the off week is better.
With this being our first round of Gem/Cis, we just aren't sure what to expect. Are all rounds pretty much the same or does it keep compounding throughout the 6 months?
Thanks so much for your help in answering these questions. I tried the search feature, but couldn't get specific answers.
Appreciate your help.