Topic: gemzar plus oxali...now what?
Gemzar plus oxali, since august 17--so two months, every other week--has shrunk the tumors in my liver. This is good news; gemzar plus xeloda did nothing. But gosh, the side effects/toxicisities of the combo are getting to me--the anemia, the stomach distress, lack of appetite, and sluggish bowels--how long have people stayed on this regime? We were very pleased about the Cat Scan on Oct. 5, but the cumulative effects of the treatment do affect my mood. With everything there was to talk about, i forgot to ask my doctor how long she recommends I stay on this treatment.
Perhaps we'll reach a point where we can stop, soon, and try one of the clinical trials out there. I think that is my hope right now.
It is so good to talk to people who know what I'm going through, know the language and the concerns. I am 56 and was a pretty strong and healthy recreational hiker until last year. Diagnosis was Nov. 22, followed by a whipple on Dec. 11, followed by radiation, gemzar and xeloda. But in July those drugs were suspended due to Cat Scan showing tumors in my liver. which rapidly increased in number, until the oxalicplatin was tried. Now we have some control over this disease.
thanks to anyone with ideas and encouragement.
best wishes to all,