Topic: chemo and radiation at same time?

Most of the posts that I see, the treatment plan is for chemotherapy, then radiation. Has anyone gone thru chemo and radiation at the same time?
Doctor at Cleveland Clinic wants to start Gemzar 6 months along with 5 weeks of IMRT radiation treatments.

Anna

Re: chemo and radiation at same time?

I've taken oral chemo, Xeloda, with radiation, but never anything IV.

-Susie

Re: chemo and radiation at same time?

When first diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago I had 24/7 FU-5 chemo (using a pic line) and 28 radiation treatments during the same time frame.  The tumor never shrank, but it definitely stopped it in it's tracks as it's been stable ever since.

Re: chemo and radiation at same time?

I  also had the same treatment as Kathyb. I had 6 weeks of 5 days a week radiation with 24/7 5FU chemo pump adminsterd thru my port. I had no major side effects untill all was done and then I was extremely tired, just climbed in my recliner and stayed there!!!.
Lots of prayers and HOPE-Cathy

Re: chemo and radiation at same time?

Thanks so much for the responses. If this treatment can stop the growth of the tumor, that'll be great. My mom has a tumor about 5 cm diameter and she is asymptomatic.  If it can shrink it, it'll be even better.  Just have to pray that she'll tolerate the treatment well.

Anna