Topic: Chemo and Depression??
My husband is 56 and was diagnosed with unresectable CC in November 06. He was on 5 FU and radiation at Mayo, and since returning home, the local oncologist has him on weekly IV 5 FU. I don't know why he hasn't used some sort of "cocktail" as most are on, but so far, CA-19 9 has returned to normal along with liver enzymes. Pain continues to be a problem, but we seemed to have leveled off with the fentanyl patches for now.
I really feel that he gets more depressed and weepy on the chemo. Granted, cancer can do this to a person, but I feel it is worse after weeks of chemo. Perhaps it's the overwhelming fatigue, but it seems to be more than just that, and I saw a glimmer of my husbands previous optimistic personality after a week off of chemo.
I suppose if this is really just the cancer and fatigue, I can accept it. The thought that it could be reversed by stopping or changing meds is one I wrestle with. I'm sure we've all wrestled with the is chemo worth it question, I've just never seen anyone make a direct connection between chemo and depression. I suppose antidepressants are an option. It hasn't been suggested to us yet. It seems with the liver, Drs are hesitant to keep adding more meds to an already full medicine cabinet, and a stressed liver.
Thoughts and experiences would be appreciated. It's hard to enjoy the time left to us if one is constantly feeling sad and useless.