Judith! I don't know if you are of child bearing age;
but if you are, I would be very hesitant with the drug Thalidimide. I
remember the devestating effects it had on babies especially in the
The drug is still in some clinical trials and has not been
used for cancer long enough to full evaluate.It has had success for some
cancers, mainly brain tumors and holding tumors elsewhere at bay.I wouldn't even
begin to tell you what to do; as I would not know even for myself. My cancers
were different from yours. I believe much depends on the various cancers
as to the proper treatments.It is a difficult decision you must make, I have
found a good rule of thumb to be "When in doubt don't".
I do know how rough it all is for you and am so happy to see
you getting that fighting spirit back. You certainly deserve Miss Attitude
of the Month dear heart. Love and prayers, lillian
much better today. Forced myself to get up and going this a.m. and went
to a local cancer support group which I had joined just two weeks
ago. I had ambiguous feelings about it the first two times but
thought I would give it one more chance and am glad I did so. It was an
excellent session with lots of sharing, etc.
I am checking into foregoing the chemo and shooting right to
the Thalidimide. Any thoughts on that (I do realize the decision is
ultimately mine)....just wondering if anybody has any input.
Lillian, you are truly an inspiration and I personally
appreciate your role in this forum. It is very comforting to have
people reaching out to each other even though in
Untangles is the way an ex Philadelphians would type
Okay, could I see you on it just being a creative
misspelled word ? I can't figure it out, I use spell check and
still misspell words?
No matter what I am glad to hear your feeling somewhat
better today and certainly do understand the days we all wish we could toss
the towel in. We really do care about you Judith and are here to help
you walk the journey and then expect to be invited to the big
celebration. Fondly, lillian
Girlfriend: I know some chemo's are really hard
to take; but you have to keep going no matter how hard it is. Now
a few tips. Ask your doctor for something for the nausea.
Eat with plastic plates, untangles, cups and don't let anyone cook heavy
foods with heavy odors. Let me know if that all helps you.
Thanks for the
encouragement... I made it through the chemo yesterday but have to be
honest and say I feel pretty nasty today....Nausea, etc. I also
have an appointment with surgeon on Thursday to discuss
I just don't know if I can keep going with the
It is me again....I cannot thank you enough for
providing all the great info...It seems as I opened your messages
this morning, just about every other one pertained to effects I
have had with chemo.
I am a little nervous as I resume my chemo in
about an hour from now for first time in about 6 weeks and this is
going to be the CPT11, 5FU/Leukovorin combo. I feel there
has been something going on in my abdomen during the period I was
off chemo and I look forward to the ?????security of the chemo,
but I am definitely a little scared about this go