Topic: 5FU vs Xeloda for my mom who's 70, your insight please...
Hi. I read the previous discussions regarding 5FU vs Xeloda, but am still unsure what route we should take. My family is facing this same dilema with my mom. She is 70, just finished 4 rounds of Gem/Cis and is currently off chemo for 6 weeks until her next follow up CT beginning of Feb. She tolerated the chemo well, still has absolutely no appetite and lost weight again, now at 121 lbs. Her PET thankfully showed NO RECURRENCE in her bile duct (can't tell you how I wanted to shout for joy when I heard that), but there are still 2 nodules in her right lung that are mets from the CC. Her ONC said next step (if she chose to continue chemo) would be to start either Xeloda or 5FU, otherwise if not, to monitor her with CTs. Her liver enzymes are good, her RBC and WBC, etc are working their way back up. She does have a horrible hernia that causes much pain at times, but she doesn't want to undergo any more surgeries. I'm just not sure which would be the lesser of two evils, given her age and what her body has been through, which might be the best to kill the cancer that's left. I inquired on radiation, per ONC only chemo is an option.
P.S. Pam, you also mentioned you were going to have a talk with your daughter, Lauren's, doctor, did you get the answers you needed?
Any further insight would be much appreciated.
Thanks to all,