Topic: Chemotherapy and Itching
I have only written once in the past, but some things have changed with my mother's treatment and I wanted to ask about additional chemotherapies. My mother was diagnosed with CC in August and she started receiving gemzar and cisplatin. After 2 rounds, the scan showed she had two small spots on her liver that were growing so they put her on Zeloda. She completed 2 rounds of the Zeloda, but began to have trouble with swelling and sores during her off week after the second round. She has been off of the Zeloda for three weeks now due to continued swelling and we will go to MDA next week for a scan/ checkup with her doctor. I guess I got the impression those were the two most widely used chemotherapies with CC, so I am wondering what they might try next. Any ideas? I'm just trying to prepare myself mentally for the visit.
My other question regards itching. I have read about itching as a symptom of CC in many places, but my mother just stated today (for the first time) that she has begun to itch. I don't think I have seen anything that explained why CC patients itch. Can anyone explain this to me and I'll let her know. She has intrahepatic CC and I thought maybe it was more common with extrahepatic. She has also never appeared jaundiced. Thank you for any explanation you might offer.