Topic: Oncologist plan set for Dave yesterday
We went to the Siteman Center in St. Louis yesterday, and met with our Oncologist. Dave will be starting chemo August 5th. He will have a port put in, and he will be doing a mix of Taxotere and Gemzar. He will do 1x a week for 2 weeks, then off for 2 weeks for a total of 6 weeks. He then suggested Radiation, for 5 1/2 weeks 5 days a week. He said that even though the resection was successful, in Dave's case he was VERY close to the surgical margin, so we need to zap that area. There were 16 lymph nodes involved, with 2 being cancerous, so that is why his recommendation is chemo. After we finish the 5 1/2 weeks of radiation, we will have 2 weeks off, and then start a second round of the first chemo again. Dave will also have a pump. My question is, anyone had this combo? Also, can anyone tell me about the pump, anyone use one? Side effects??
PS...I am a caregiver, and I am so scared....don't know what to expect.
Thanks so much!