Topic: Sanity check on chemo treatment recommendation from new Oncologist
Hello. I am new here and this is actually my first post. I was hoping I could get some opinions/questions answered from you kind folks.
My Mom was recently diagnosed with CC. She was ineligible for surgery or other radiotherapy treatments.
Her first oncologist put her on Gemzar + Xeloda. Before finishing the first treatment, they performed an MRI and learned that the tumors in her liver grew by about 30%. At that point the Oncologist said that she didnt believe the Gemzar + Xeloda was going to work.
It was my belief that Gemzar + Ciscplatin is actually the standard treatment protocol for CC with the highest potential benefit.
So we went to a new Oncologist at one of the top-5 Cancer Center hospitals. They agreed that they couldnt ignore the fact that Gemzar + Xeloda seemed to not work, and that in their opinion trying Gemzar + Ciscplatin would just be asking "too much" of the second drug as Gemzar is the primary drug that does most of the legwork. Is that true?
As such, they thought it was best to shift gears altogether and go with Folfox. Does this recommendation make sense to those of you with experience on this?
The new Oncologist mentioned that they believed Folfox would likely become the treatment protocol in a few years (as opposed to Gemzar + Cisplatin today). Does anybody know where can I get more information on the efficacy of Folfox, and any related studies pertaining to it?
Thank you very much in advanced for your reading my thread and I look forward to reading your answers.