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Cancer Realities: Outliving Your Prognosis
when do you decide to stop chemo treatments?
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An_241240 posted:
My husband was diagnosed in July 2011, with Mestatic Bladder Cancer. He is a non-smoker but worked in Las Vegas,NV casinos since 1969. He was never sick and the symptoms that you experience for bladder cancer started suddenly and were severe. Had a cystoscopy, there were four tumors 1-2cm inside the bladder, many very small B-B like tumors scattered thru-out and two larger tumors that had invaded the wall of the bladder. Took out what he could but left the tumors attached to the wall. The cancer has pread to his lungs and lymph nodes. Started capsitan/gemzar chemo, only had two weeks, WBC's crashed, cancelled third week chemo, injection of Neulasta, WBC's up starts new cycle nov. 8. He has no Nausea, diarhea and eats well but he has trouble with short term memory and is more tired than I ever remember and has opted to go to only two days of work, which he loved, it isn't depression, and his blood hct&hbg are fine. he has stage IV bladder cancer that has gone into his lungs. I quess that we are questioning whether the chemo,which will give him worse side-effects as he continues, is worth going thru for an extra 6 months of lifesome stats say 12 months but then he would have to have his bladder removed to stop the cancer from coming back. He is 62, we were planning on retirement next May to buy a Class A RV and travel the US. IS it worth chemo or do we just let nature take it's course because the Cystoscopy relieved the symptoms, bleeding, etc.
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worn1 responded:
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Please discuss this with clergy your doctors and family. In the end it will be up to your husband. I know it affects you also but your husband needs to decide if he is up to the fight or just wants to go peacefully. My husband father had pancreatic cancer and decided not to fight it. My husband has oral cancer which is quite aggressive and has decided to fight it. If he wants to fight it ask what trails are open and if there might be a chance for longer survival if he participates.

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