AnneBurris Posted June 5, 2003 Share Posted June 5, 2003 Hello Everyone My mom started her second round of chemo yesterday, that meant we got to visit with her onc again (first time since the dreaded day we got her news). Anyhow, we did receive a good report in that her liver swelling was significantly reduced and she seemed to be reacting to chemo well. I had a list of about 10 questions to ask him, and he was already running 1/2 hour late, so you can imagine what he was thinking when he saw me and my list. It was rather frustrating because he basically backed himself out of the room before we could finish asking our questions - i guess my mother's life is only worth 5 minutes of his time instead of 10. Anyhow - I thought, that's ok, i'll just go back and ask my friends at the message board, they have a bed side manner a gazillion times better than this onc, and they probably have more cumulative experience. So....here's the question. First, my mom is going on 2 of 6 rounds of chemo which is VP-16 and Carboplatin. The onc did agree that Cisplatin was more effective than the Carbo, but that putting her through that when she was a hopless case (not his exact words, but the message I got), wasn't worth it because the Cisplatin would have worse side effects. My question is can she change chemo combinations in mid-cylce? My second question is concerning xrays. He said xrays would be done at the end of the 6 cycle which is in six months, is that normal or do most people have them done at 3 months? Oh, i guess I do have one more question..My mom is currently insured under my dad's health insurance, so that's not a problem, but should she be applying for any other benefits such as Medicair, Medicaid or Social Security? A friend of hers told her to look into that. Anyway, I thought yesterday was good for my mom as far as positive news about her liver not being so inflammed. I bought her a dozen yellow roses and a card of encouragement and left it by her bed so that if this round of chemo makes her sick this time she can look at them and hopefully draw some sort of good emotion. She is so precious to me. Thank you to anyone who takes the time for these questions. You guys are the best. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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