Feb 26, 2003 - 8:51 pm
My mother just had her left leg amputated (mid-thigh) this past Monday. Within a week, she had gone to the doctor complaining of arthritis and expecting a knee replacement, only to find she had a horrible sarcoma wrapped around her knee. Amputation was the only option to save her life. She is not a candidate for chemo since she has avascular neucrosis (a bone disease with the bones dying in spots). Chemo and radiation would only hurt her bones more. She has been in high spirits, though we are all in shock. It is very difficult to know that you cannot have chemo and that if the cancer comes back, they can try to cut it out, but you may not make it. She will have chest x-rays for the next year to watch her lungs. We have researched that this type of sarcoma occurs in young adults and pre-teens, so it is not as common for a 51 year-old. We are hoping that she can get a nice prosthetic soon, since she is fumbling around with a large cast now. If anyone has any experience with cancer treatment that does NOT include chemo (such as amputation only, and a strictly organic diet), please share. I have not seen any discussions on this, and I hope it is not because people only survive with chemo. I will keep you all in my prayers.