Reasons to be cheerful?

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Hi

After a wait of 8 months since diagnosis, we are plodding on with the chemo (round 5 tomorrow). My husband is a pessimist, and while I play the optimism card, really I'm in a continuous state of anxiety. We won't have any scan results until the end of July. Do you think we have grounds for some optimism about the chemo having an impact? Bloods (which were battered with diarrhea before treatment started) are on the up and improving overall (not the red blood cells, but told that's to be expected); peripheral oedema has cleared up; he has aches and pains and fatigue but says in general, he's feeling better; diarrhea under control with minimal loperamide; and he's stopped the almost-continuous spitting and bringing up gloopy white mucus. Yes, a bit pathetic and desperate but cancer makes cowards of me at least.

Thank you - any cheer gratefully received.

  • Yes please be hopeful that the chemo will be doing its job. I like to think to myself that if I'm feeling this bad then how is that despicable little uninvited guest feeling? Hopefully as bad if not worse!!

    Keep the faith 

    Anthony 

  • That is a genius reframing! Thank you 

  • My husband had FLOT chemo and after his operation, the pathologist could not find any cancer in the samples that were taken during his operation.  He even had another look just to make sure so chemo can be very effective at eradicating cancer.

  • Thank you. I think the expectation management has worked perhaps too well on me and I need to be more positive!

  • How did he cope with the operation itself and its after effects, recovery time, pain, eating etc?

  • Any suggestions that the bloods are on the up is an absolute positive. 

    There seems to be some good improvements showing here. Which is Great!

    Lowe'

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    Tomorrow is not promised but it always has potential. Aim for your potential!
  • Thank you. Just having some hope reinforced helps with the waiting. Hope your husband is doing well on his trial - mine had a total response to immunotherapy when he had terminal bladder cancer. Now on his second cancer!

  • Gosh, that is such a kick to be clear and then get a new diagnosis, I do feel for you both, you must be exhausted. 

    Early days for us yet on the new trial, I can only hope his body gets used to it, as he did the first treatment and then things will look hopefull

    Good Luck

    Lowe'

    Call the helpline for free on 08088080000, 8am to 8pm everyday.
    Tomorrow is not promised but it always has potential. Aim for your potential!
  • Wasn't operable ... not sure why not

  • I was given 1 year to live, cancer had spread to liver , lungs , and lymph nodes , plus a tumour in my oesophageas . After 4 rounds of chemo most of the cancer had disappeared. After a full 8 bouts of chemo 2 ct scans 3 months apart show no sign of cancer. So there is hope and the doctors are not always right. Good luck.