Sep 01, 2009 - 3:07 pm
My Mom is 74 years old. In April of this year she was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. The cancer mass was removed with surgery however, the cancer had spread to her Liver.
She had 5 chemo treatments with 5-FU and Oxaliplatin. She has decided to stop chemo for now and it's been about 3 weeks since the last treatment. The Oncologist has told her that she is going into remission.
The problems she is encountering are:
1) EXTREME TIREDNESS - I have known people on Chemo and know they get tired but my Mom is the worst tired I have ever seen. When she wakes up, she is wide awake for about 30 minutes, then her eyes start closing. I have been giving her iron supplements to help with her slightly low red blood cells (10.5). Today I started b-12 Tablets. I have made high energy smoothies for her. Nothing is working all that great. She can barely walk and spends 23 hours a day in bed. There has to be something definite to help get her strength back.
2) Lately she has been either hot and sweating or very cold and shivering. Is this part of the Chemo side effects? How do we combat this?
3) The least important but seemingly important to her...her voice is weak and scaggily. Any ideas how to get her voice back?
If anyone can provide any insight or help on this issues, I'd be forever grateful.