Topic: taking a break from chemo

My husband Dave who has had 5 chemo treatments had a heart problem a couple weeks ago.   He ended up needing a cardiac catheterization that showed 3 severely blocked arteries that would usually be treated with coronary artery bypass surgery.  However, since we do not have a clear idea of prognosis of his cancer and he does not want to undergo a life threatening surgery that will require a long recovery if he only has a limited time left to enjoy life. 
So anyway, to make a long story short, his oncologist is giving him a month off from chemo to not stress his heart at this time.   I am very concerned that his tumors that have been responding to the chemo may advance during this time.  Chemo has sort of become a life line for me.  Does anyone have experience with breaks from chemo and the effect or result of this.  Thanks for any suggestions.

Re: taking a break from chemo

No suggestions, but I can offer my prayers and thoughts for the Lord to guide you in making decisions. I can understand the importance of quality of life versus going through such an operation. God bless both of you!!!   ~~ Jean

3 (edited by devoncat Sat, 28 Jul 2007 02:11:58)

Re: taking a break from chemo

This somehow seems familiar to me. I will try to read through experiences and the chemo board to see if I can find the post similar to this that is somewhere in my mind.

Kris

Here is the post I think I was remembering about it. The situation is a little different but it might offer some insight.
http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/punbb … php?id=610

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope

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Thanks to all for your posts.  Kris, that was so kind of you to look that up for me.  I am trying very hard to just be supportive of Dave and what he wants to do and right now he wants to enjoy his little hiatus and the nice weather we are having on Cape Cod.  We even got to go to the beach one day last week when I played hooky from work.  Go with the flow....ride with the tide I guess.   Thanks again-Patrice

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Patrice,
You are doing the best you can and I am sure Dave is doing the best he can. I can hear how supportive you are from your posts. Dont give up and do enjoy the nice weather and the beach. Maybe this little break is what Dave needs mentally and emotionally as well as physically. Maybe it will rest him up so that if he decides to continue with treatment he can physically, emotionally, and mentally give it 120%.

Kris

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope