Hi Flyr! I'm not real sure about all of the items that you listed. I agree that you should contact a nutritionist at your sisters cancer center. I do know that the American Cancer Society has resources that are available for free. The only other thing I want to say is make sure that your sister wants to go on the regiment that you are making for her. Remember that it must be her choice what she does.
Usually, as far as the chemo treatments go, if she is on A/C, it is normally 4 treatments. Also, as far the radiation, I hope that your sister will discuss this w/ her oncologist, do some research and then make an informed, personal decision. The radiation is suppose to kill any cells that the chemo doesn't get. You didn't say what stage your sister's cancer was.
Please remember to let your sister have control of her decisions. I know that you love her and want to help in any way that you can. I admire you for being so loving and caring.
Hi Flyer! I am sorry to hear that your sister is not finished yet w/ her chemo. Did she think that she would be finished after her 3rd round? It sounds as though she is getting the A/C and then that will be followed by taxol or one of the drugs similar. Are they going to give her herceptin? It sounds as though she has a good onoc and how wonderful that her daughter is a nurse. Please understand that there are meds that can help keep her red and white blood cells up in numbers.
Your sister is very lucky to have a great support system. If you have some questions that you don't understand, why not contact the hospital or local ACS and ask if there is a support group for families of those fighting cancer?
None of us, whether we are cancer patients, caregivers, physicians or just layman, want to have cancer. And given a choice, I know that none of us would pick chemotheraphy. Fortunately, it is not as bad as it was 40 years ago or even 5 years ago. The meds that are available to counteract the side effects have come a long way. I personally feel lucky that there are chemo treatments that have kept me alive. I am on a weekly regiment (have been for 2 years). W/out this I would be dead. I am not familiar with the physician that you quoted. I can't say that I am impressed w/ his survey of only 68 physicians. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. I personally don't appreciate a physician publishing remarks like this, but then, as I said, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
As for the stage that your sister's bc was diagnosed, I am quite certain that her surgeon and oncologist have given her this information.
Deb, Lori, Julie and Bev ,
It is most encouraging to know that chemo has given all of you another chance and I have passed it all on to my sister with your words of hope . It is terribly difficult for those of us who hear completely opposite opinions and we all want the best for our loved ones . I did send an e-mail to the McGill Cancer Center questioning whether such a survey was ever done there , but have yet to get any response and doubt that I shall .
We lost our Dad to smoking and ALL of us have felt that he was absolutely victimized by the treatments he received and his life greatly shortened primarily by radiation . I graduated from a medical field shool in which a " professor " openly stated to the physiology class that he " could care less about teaching and made him money in research " !! I doubt that he ever contributed anything of note while soaking up research grant money . None of us shall ever give any University funding of any sort. All of this had necessarily made us skeptical .
Your thoughts have helped her considerably and all replies have been appreciated .