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MIL - Secondary on chemo tablets
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:56 AM
Hi all, just wondering if anyone knows anything about this. I'll call the cancer council helpline on Monday, but curious in the meantime!
My MIL was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in October 2011. She has been on hormonal treatments, is fit as a fiddle, working full-time etc, and the tumours haven't grown. However, they havent' shrunk either and apparently some of her markers are wavering.
She is now starting chemo tablets and is a bit upset that her year or so of excellent health will now be over. Why would the oncologist start her on chemo at this point? Is this it, now? Chemo on and off for a year or so until the tumours eventually start growing?
We were just under the impression that chemo was the last resort. Any info would be fantastic.
Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:04 AM
i am so sorry.
You say this is secondary, what was the primary cancer, or don't they know?
Talk to the cancer council, but more importantly talk to her specialist. he/she is the one who is treating your mother, and therefore knows exactly her circumstances.
He/she should be very happy to talk to you/your mum about all of this.
Posted 09 February 2013 - 11:05 AM
My grandmother had breast cancer and due to her age (she was in her early 80's when diagnosed and the tumors were slow growing) she was put on chemo tablets. It doesnt mean your MIL's health will deteriorate. My grandmother still stayed in excellent health with none of the side effects that would be common with more invasive intraveinous chemo (hair loss, nausea etc). She remained active and as healthy as a person in their 80's would expect to be, the tumors remained under control. She finally died of a sudden stroke in her late 80's certainly nothing at all to do with the cancer.
Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:48 PM
JRA - Breast cancer.
It is complicated a bit by the fact that my MIL chose not to know prognosis from oncologist, ie average time left etc. I do. And I'm getting this all second hand from my MIL rather than from the oncologist.
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