Jul 11, 2009 - 8:00 pm
My mother was diag. with Stage 4 uterine cancer in Feb. and 4 mos. later she was gone. We were told with chemo she had a good chance of going in remission. She was to have a total of 6 rounds orig. of taxol/carboplatin. She was starting her 5th and what they said might be her final round the week she died. She had a catscan in Mid may that was 'basically good" then started to have some setbacks (ie.an episode of heavy bleeding that required a blood transfusion) but they poo-pooed it as oh that happens sometime. They told us every week her blood work was good. Apparently at some point the chemo just stopped working and her cancer took off with a vengance. They never told us this could happen. So don't be thinking your cancer can't grow or spread while you're on chemo it can esp. since you're immune system is being destroyed. When I questioned the Nurse Prac. in the hospital while my mother lay dying she said, "Oh blood work isn't a real good indicator of how well chemo is working" She told my sister, "The treatment must not be working. You think??? I've been doing alot of research on the web. Chemo only works for approx. 2-4% of all cancer. Mostly leukemia, some lymphomas, testicular and a few other rare cancers. "Tumor shrinkage" the holy grail of how they measure chemo success/and get FDA approval has no bearing on survival rates. In fact on theory is tumor shringae does more harm than good because it allows other sleeper cells to grow as the main growth shrinks.