Topic: New Scan Results
Mom had her CT scan on Tuesday. The tumor remained stable. It was a bit of a shock since her billirubin dropped within normal range and she was feeling better and eating more. The onc said that CT scans measure size but not activity and since she is feeling better and looking better, it could be that the tumor activity is lowered by the chemo.
As with everyone on these boards, we hope for shrinkage to be able to have surgery. I think my mom finally realized that this is her new normal and she will have to be on some sort of chemo for the rest of her life. The onc wants to do 4-6 more rounds of oxiliplatin/F5U and then just F5U as a maintenance.
Considering, mom has done really well on chemo. Despite fatigue and some temporary cold sensitivity, she has no real side effects. The only thing is that her bowel movements are so irregular that there are some days she goes so many times that she is wiped out afterwards.
She is living with me right now since her diagnosis in June and the onc says she can do the chemo in FLorida. SHe has lost all her confidence in her independence. SHe used to be on the go 24/7. Now she is afraid to drive. Although she would be living alone, she would have her friends, her card games and beautiful weather. With me she has my family, but she is so isolated.
I hate Cancer. First it took my dad five years ago and now it is wreaking havoc on my mom.
Thanks for letting me rant.