Topic: How Do You Know If Your In The End Stage?
Nancy had her Pet/CT Scan last Tuesday 6-6-10 to see how she was reacting to the Chemo (Gemsar/Oloxitan). We had an apointment with Dr. McClay her Oncologist on Thursday 6-8 to discuss the results, however when she went to Dr. McClay's office on Wednesday 6-7 to recieve her next round of Chemo she was told that the results of the Pet/CT Scan showed the tumor in her bile duct had extended into the stomach lining and the tumors in her lungs had increased in size from 2.8 cm to 3.5 cm. Her Chemo was canceled and Dr. McClay wants to try Avastin next. He has to get approval from Cigna first. I don't know if Nancy can handle another round of Chemo. Since this started in April, Nancy has virtually no appetite and struggles keep hydrated. If she does eat or drink it usually comes back up. We take her to her Oncologist's office to get rehydrated 2 to 3 times per week. I thought it was due to the Chemo, however she hasn't had Chemo for two and half weeks and she still doesn't get out of bed, eat or hardly drink. Is Nancy at the end stage of this disease? I know she can not continue to not eat and survive. I have read a few books that say you should not force patients to eat or drink at the end stage as it results in prolonged suffering.
Steve & Nancy St.Germain