Posted 7/2/2016 8:05 PM (GMT -7)
Hoping that your husband is showing some signs of strength and recovery by now.
A friend of mine had the back surgery for metastatic cancer compression, as you described in your post. He then decided to go through a second series of chemotherapy treatments and is experiencing success in those treatments. With great determination, it took him some weeks to regain his strength, following the back surgery. At the current time, he is active and able to walk, pursue his career, and participate in normal activities, as his chemotherapy treatments continue.
When we last heard from you, Need4Info, you were at a juncture in your decision-making process --- concerning chemotherapy treatments. Fork in the road decision for you, I know ... what to do ? That's the question ...
Sometimes, the answers aren't clear-cut ... I always say this diagnosis did NOT come with an instruction manual ... or a road map with a compass !
Each case is unique --- each patient's case must be carefully considered and assessed. I know you are dealing with a case that has some complexities. This is when the expertise and experience of trusted doctors becomes essential --- they must consider the overall health of the patient and the potential for side effects, contrasted with the potential of positive treatment outcomes.
I have gone through a series of TAXOTERE chemotherapy infusions, with my oncologist's blessing. I was diagnosed with an advanced case of prostate cancer three years ago when I was still in my 40s. I felt I needed to do everything that I could to fight back against my cancer. I've pursued every treatment presented to me so far, with some meaningful successes along the way. I give thanks for that, every single day, and I don't take a single day for granted.
I know that I was fortunate, for I saw a very positive impact from the chemo treatments and experienced very mild side effects. I give thanks for that every day. Since then, I have vowed to help other friends of mine who face the same diagnosis and I have agreed to be a "chemo coach" mentor for other friends of mine who have also pursued the same chemotherapy treatments I did. Many of my friends also experienced success from the treatments and also experienced mild side effects. My doctor watched over me with great care, compassion, and vigilance as I went through chemotherapy treatments. We have MANY fellows right here on this forum who have pursued chemo treatments --- past, present, and ongoing.
With all of this in mind --- and the decisions you mentioned in your original post --- I would highly recommend that you search for this thread title in the archives of this forum. Simply go up to the right-hand corner of your screen and type in this title: "Taxotere Side Effects" --- that thread title will immediately appear and you can then find a very informative thread created by many of us here who have undergone chemotherapy treatments.
We might be referred to as the "Chemo Club" or the "Chemo Comrades" --- at any rate, that thread title mentioned above has been put together, bit-by-bit, over the course of the past months. It has been written in a "one brother to another brother" style to give our first-hand experiences with chemotherapy. The main purpose of the thread is to give other members a first-hand look at what they can expect if they decide to pursue chemotherapy treatments, after careful consultation with their oncologist.
The thread now contains a wide range of responses, detailing a wide variety of experiences --- all of which would give you insightful background if your husband decides to pursue chemotherapy treatments. Best of all, the thread also provides insightful tips and strategies to mitigate and minimize the side effects that can accompany chemotherapy treatments. You will find the thread most helpful if you are still considering a series of chemo treatments !
I wanted to reach out to you and your husband, hoping that you have consulted with your doctors and have reached a decision. After reading your post, I was thinking about you and wanted to reach out with a message about the "Taxotere Side Effects" thread that would help you navigate through a series of chemo treatments, if that is the path that you follow.
We're here to lend support, advice, a listening ear --- we've got dedicated and caring members from all over this great country of ours --- with loyal members from across the globe, as well. Moral support is a powerful thing ... and this forum is a shining example of that, each and every day ... 'round the clock ... morning, noon, and night ...
Thinking of you and hoping this finds you doing your best, Need4Info !
Sent with my very best, from across the miles,
Iowa State University CYCLONE Fan