Nov 30, 2002 - 8:34 pm
I received a note from a dear friend Thanksgiving morning about his wife. In part he worte
"...she is starting to hurt pretty bad now. She has 5 tumors in her spine and ribs and she grown immune to all the chemo treatments. Her hormone treatment doesn't seem to be working either."
She was first diagnosed with BC in 1996, and with mets to the liver in 1999. The "bright spots" on her spine have shown up on scans for several years, but this is the first time he's "admitted" to me they were tumors. He's always passed them off as arthritis or some such thing in the past.
In any case, she has been on every drug known to man - or at least, so it seems. She had to stop taking Xeloda after a month, but was on Taxotere this year for about 9 months before it became evident it wasn't working.
Based on what he wrote, things don't sound good, but what do you think will happen now? Is it just a matter of trying to keep her comfortable at this point, or is there a chance she could actually find another treatment?
Also, I never knew you could become immune to all chemo. I thought when one stopped working, there was usually another one in the wings you could try.
Thanks for any advice or enlightenment you can offer.