Topic: A couple chemo questions
Hi all. My mom is hanging in there and going through the chemo routines for cc. I have a few questions.
Background: She started with gemcitibine last fall and had good luck with that for a little while, however the tumors started growing again and so they added oxaliplatin for two rounds (Gemzar and Oxaliplatin infused on one day and then three weeks off for each round). After two rounds the tumors still appeared to be growing/becoming more defined and so they took her off that and switched her to Xeloda (2 weeks on and then a week off per cycle) and she is just now finishing up her first 2 weeks on and will have a CT scan next week to see if it is working.
1. Her doctor is very proactive, which is super, but I wonder if he is giving the chemos enough time to work before moving onto the next?
2. How do oxaliplatin and cisplatin compare? After she went off the oxaliplatin she asked him about cisplatin and he said the platinum drugs tend to work in similar ways, so if one didn't work, the other one won't likely either. True? Or has anyone had success with one and not the other?
Thanks for any thoughts you have on these topics!