Topic: Mom newly diagnosed
I just found this site this morning. I posted on another thread earlier, but realized I should probably go to the intro thread first. My 56 yo mom was Dx with CC in late Oct. They found the tumor while doing a CT scan because she was having slight abdominal pain and had lost about 25 lbs. in a couple of months. She has a 10 cm tumor in the middle of her two lobes so we were told surgery is not and probably will not ever be an option. The first onc we saw told her she had 3-6 mo. and needed to "get her affairs in order." He said that he could do chemo, but it would be a waste of time because it never works. We were blindsided by this. My mom has never been sick and has been in perfect health untill this. We sulked around, cried and were devastated for a couple of days when my sister and I decided we just could not live with that attitude in our Dr. so, we did research and got her into MD Anderson in Houston, Tx. They seem to be much more positive there. He started her on Xeloda 1500mg twice a day and an IV of Gem something once a week. She does this two weeks on and one week off. She will have her scans rechecked in Houston in Jan. He expects that she will do 6 rounds of this regimine and then do 6 weeks of radiation. I told mom, atleast they gave us a plan that lasts longer than the first Drs life expectancy. Has anyone had any experience with MD Anderson? So far, ours has been good, but of course I want the best for my mom. It sounds like after reading other posts that her chemo is pretty standard for this cancer. We are hopeful, but still very scared and confused. We've been told everything from no hope at all to she could live for years by taking a maintainance dose of chemo after this treatment is over. We don't know what to believe, we're just hoping and praying for the best. This is all brand new territory for us. We don't know anyone with cancer, let alone this kind! So far, she is feeling OK, but she is totally exhausted most of the time. Any advise or thoughts would be greatly appreciated!