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Not completing all Chemo sessions

nikidoody
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Hello all, my husband is being treated for tonsil cancer with 6 sessions of chemo & 30 sessions of radiotherapy. When we went for his last chemo session today & his bloods weren't good enough to go ahead. They have given us potassium for him to take for a couple of days & then try again later  in the week. I'm sure the Doctor mentioned that he could get away with missing off the last session. Do you think this is possible? Has this happened to anyone else? Thanks Niki x

Niki x

JosieFromGlastonbury

Hi Niki,

Yes, it happened to me too, and I am now 6 years past the end of my treatment.  My consultant told me that the low dose chemo is an aid to the radiotherapy, and serves to potentise the effects of the RT rather than attack the cancer in its own right.  Given that this is the last one, and the doctor has told you that it is fine to miss it if need be, then I wouldn't worry.  There is no point having the last one if there is no more radiotherapy for it to help by the time he has it!

Best wishes,

Josie

nikidoody
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Morning Josie,

Many thanks for this information it has helps a lot. I was one of things that I thought I heard but wasn't sure.

Niki 

Niki x

Ron51
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I missed my last one as well as I was back in hospital with a temperature, I was also told it was just a mop up and the radio was doing most of the work. Just to say my last week of radio was the easiest as I didn't have to travel in the car, just a wheelchair.

nikidoody
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Thanks Ron it is good to know it is "normal". Sorry you where in hospital for your last week but I know what you mean about it being easier on the transport side. I'm in the middle of the fun trying to sort it out for his last few days. 

Regards

Niki

Niki x

MikeO
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Just repeating the above answers for emphasis Niki, I missed my last one also; I'd pretty much made my mind up that I was going to refuse it anyway but then my team made the decision for me, said I wasn't well enough. Common occurrence in my experience.

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RadioactiveRaz
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Hi I was due for 3 x 33% chemotherapy but onky had 2 joint decision made my oncologist and myself .like others say it’s a top up to the radiotherapy percentage wise it’s onky a tiny amount inteh great scheme of things so don’t worry

Hazel

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nikidoody
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Thank you so much it does make me feel a lot better.

Niki x

old biker
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Hi Niki, I also didn't have my last chemo due to my blood not being right, I think it happens to lots people. All the best to you both.

Regards Ray.

deebo
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Hi my hubby did not have a Chemo session due to bloods x