Sep 13, 2006 - 10:07 am
I am a 42 year old mother and wife and had emergency colon cancer surgery on 10 July 06. According to my path report and doctors my cancer was diasgonsed at Stage II with NO lympth node involvement and no signs of spreading. Cancer and surgeon doctors both recommended the FOFLOX Regime which is Osaliplatin w/Leucovorin and then 5FU over a day and half for every other week for 6 months. I was told this was precautionary, so I thought better safe then sorry. I started my treatments on 18 August and have had 2. My 3rd is scheduled for 15 September 06. It is very hard to get your mind to play nice. Mine is also thinking about every ache, pain, etc I feel. Is this normal or not. Is there really NO more cancer in my body? I was hoping I could ask a few questions for help and advice?
1) Do most side effects happen with the first few treatments or can they increase as treatments continue?
2) Does this chemo regime affect your RBC? The information I have read indicates WBC and platelets
3)Has anyone discontinued treatment due to the fact that the cancer was Stage II, NO, MO?
4) Are the doctors really concerned about your counts because people I have spoken with indicate that their counts got really low and a few dangerously low. To me this is NOT good.
Any help and advice is GREATLY appreciated