Cindi Posted March 25, 2003 Share Posted March 25, 2003 Yesterday the Oncologist told us that my mom has Stage IIIB Squamous which has spread to the mediastinum. Monday they will insert a port and chemo starts Tuesday of Carboplatin and Taxol. He said the chemo will be every three weeks and will take 4 - 5 hours. Radiation is not going to be adminstered right now, maybe later if she responds. Here's the bomb. . ."survival for this stage is 8-10 months, with or without treatment". O.K., therefore, the point of undergoing the treatment is? Mom wants to go on with the treatment and I think her chances of surviving this must be better with treatment. I've read from this site that a lot of folks are treated with this stuff on a weekly basis, anybody know why some are weekly and others are like Mom, every couple of weeks? Are there good news stories for this type of treatment out there? How responsive is the cancer to this stuff? I realize that I must be in some "stage" a long this road. My life has just went into park and I can't imagine when I'll go back into the drive mode. My Mom is 58. I am an only child. Other than my own children and husband, my mom is my last remaining family member and I'm certainly not ready to give her up. I have always been counted on to be the strong one in my family, however; now I'm ready to surrender the title. I cry all the time. For someone that could always be counted on for strength, I am not ashamed to say I'm at the breaking point. O.K., I surrrender this ones got me. Please help me regain the strength. Cindi Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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