Steff Posted December 29, 2017 Share Posted December 29, 2017 JowJow, Im unable to speak much to gabbapentin and feet swelling. I do know that it works well for my mom, better if keeps it in her system by taking it regularly. My mom takes 900mg and takes them at night otherwise she sleeps all day. She also takes tramadol, which I believe is more of a muscle relaxer than pain reliever, but it helps with her chronic back pain (not cancer related). She's not had issues with her feet swelling except when she was in the hospital and just lying in the hospital bed. Once she got home, it took several days for her feet to get back to normal. What I can speak better to is chemo/keytruda. My mom completed 6 sessions of carbo/alimpta and keytruda and has had another 2 sessions of just keytruda since. My mom is in the current phase of "the area where her cancer is looks worse/looks like it's growing. Her doc explained that keytruda causes swelling. Often times, this swelling is what causes the scans to look bad. So when people talk about keytruda causing cancer to get worse, they usually are referring to the scans looking bad, not that the cancer has gotten worse. The "growth" can be attributed to many things - swelling, pseudo-progression, etc. It can also be due to cancer growth, which is why my mom had several places in the area of "new growth". All 5 biopsies came back negative, so we are hopeful that it is just swelling and scar tissue. Keytruda is said to be effective for about 28 days. The fact that your dad has treatment delays is not a huge deal for keytruda effectiveness. And the reality is that it is quite common to have treatment delays for a variety of reasons. As far as the delay in chemo, I don't know the effects, if any, it would have. The important thing is that he is back on a treatment schedule. Missing 3 weeks is not going to cause him to "start over" in the effectiveness of treatment. And it may have been a small break his body needed to recover and get back on track. LaurenH 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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