Jan 10, 2005 - 11:11 am
Hey guys. Jerri started her treatments for the stage 4 with mets to ovaries and one lymph node on December 6th. Treatment is daily radiation and 5FU chemo with a pump (24/7 for Mon thru Fri). For three days during Christmas she was so sick she couldn't get out of bed. The following week, the docs decided to give her a week off of treatment. Last Monday she started back up, but just with the radiation. If she tolerates that well enough, they are considering adding the chemo back within the next few days, and watch her to see how she tolerates it.
Here's what I'm worried about. She's been complaining frequently about being unable to breath "normally." She says it doesn't really hurt, it just feels like she can't take a full, deep breath; and she gets winded pretty quickly, even just taking walks around the neighborhood, or trips to the store. No wheezing though.
Then there is the fatigue. She gets so tired, so easily, and has no energy. Docs say her blood counts are a little low, but not low enough for any meds.
I'm worried, real worried, that this stuff is spreading to her lungs. The CEA marker test is useless because her tumor did not produce any. We are having to rely on scans, and I know they don't show the small stuff.
Can some of you with personal experience help me out with this...symptoms or just side effects?