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What is the maximum rounds of chemo a person can have?
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 04:54 PM
Just wondering if anyone knows how many rounds of chemo someone can have? My girlfriend has just begun her 9th round of fortnightly chemo do to neuroendine carcinoid tumors. They started in her pancreas and she has secondaries in her liver, stomach and bones..... same as Steve Jobs had ..
Just wondering how many more rounds her poor body can take ?
Thanks in advance.
Posted 02 December 2011 - 09:21 PM
Sorry, no idea about a maximum.
I'm to have 8 cycles - 4 down, 4 to go, with my 5th cycle of chemo on coming up on Monday.
Posted 03 December 2011 - 08:13 PM
I'm not sure there is an exact number - every case differs. My DD has just endured over 2 years worth of chemo (daily, monthly and 3 monthly - differing drugs), boys get 3 years worth.
Just depends on the strength, drugs used etcetc, so really the only person who could answer this question would be her oncologist. Sorry to hear about your friend
Edited by Kez82, 03 December 2011 - 08:14 PM.
Posted 04 December 2011 - 10:08 AM
Sorry to hear about your friend OP.
The treatment is different for every person and every cancer and every drug.
I had breast cancer and mine was 6 treatments, 3 weeks apart. I know they weighed me and kept an eye on my weight etc to work out exactly how much my body could take. If I lost weight (which I didn't) they would have had to revise my dosage. I also had blood tests the day before treatment to make sure my body was coping.
I'm sure they will be keeping a close eye on her and wouldn't be giving her anything that was going to be detrimental to her health. (Well chemo is, but the benefits outweigh the risks if you get what I mean).
Big hugs to you and your friend.
Posted 04 December 2011 - 10:19 AM
My Mum was diagnosed with 'terminal' cervical cancer and given 3 months to live. My father insisted on treatment and refused to accept the 'terminal' diagnoses. She then underwent chemo every fortnight for 12 rounds... and then it spread to her lymph nodes. Intense radiation followed with treatment daily for two weeks. A year later it 'came back' and she underwent another long round of chemo. All in all it took over 5 years of treatment on and off, but she beat it. Every case is different, and every body is able to withstand differing levels of treatment.
Stay positive, stay strong and never give up. My thoughts are with you and your friend and I hope she pulls through this. Miracles can happen. x
Posted 04 December 2011 - 10:47 AM
It depends on the types of chemo, and the strength. It's a bit like saying how long is a piece of string.
Posted 11 December 2011 - 10:37 PM
In agreeance with the previous posters, each person is different. My dh has gone through 18 months of fortnightly treatment, but some of those have been different treatments..It all depends on the type of cancer, the stage and what drugs they are using.
I don't want to say too much on the board (although I am quite open and happy to talk about it, more sensitivity for other posters) but am happy to answer questions via pm..
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