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Tempted to quit half way through my chemo.

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CessnaFlyer
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I’m on the Roswell Park regimen, in which 5-FU and the leucovorin are given once a week for 6 weeks in a row every 8 weeks and then repeated for a total of four cycles for a total of 32 weeks. To be honest, I’m tempted to quit now, since I have Stage IIA and I’m only doing this as insurance against the cancer coming back and have been feeling pretty lousy lately. Have any of you had this chemo regimen and did you quite early, or did you go all the way

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just4Brooks
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That's all I got to say

Life is funny sometimes
Brooks

khl8
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There is a reason that the doctor's came up with this type of insurance plan. This is yourlife, it is not like declining to purchase an extended warranty on your tv, and then the tv takes a crap and you are angry you did not take the extra plan. YOu can always buy anouther tv, but you only have one life!
There are no do-overs.
Kathy

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christinecarl
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I am sorry that you are feeling crappy but I doubt you are a quitter. You are tougher than chemo and cancer. I know you can do this.

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lizzydavis
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I say give it all you've got and don't be sorry later that you didn't do it.

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Buzzard
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in here before when asked this question. Maybe it was how he asked or maybe it was that we wished that we had that option. In any event, in my opinion if you quit and it was to happen to come back then the question "what if" comes up, if you finish and it comes back , you did all you could. Mop up chemo is just that mop up all the cells that might have gotten away..

Let me ask you a question...If you think its worth maybe quitting halfway through it think of this , your cancer started out as just a single little cell...does that make it appear a little different to you now ? It did me, and also I had that option and was thinking about taking that route, but when I looked at my children, that made my mind up. We owe it to our loved ones to do everything we can to prevent them and ourselves from having to go through this nightmare ever again, even if it does create a little discomfort for us......Love and hope, Buzzard

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tootsie1
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I was diagnosed at Stage 1 and didn't have chemo. My oncologist and I discussed it, and if he had recommended it, I would have. I just don't think you should take any chances.

*hugs*
Gail

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thready
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I understand your desire to stop. I go to the Dr's office and see all these really sick people. They have so many other issues than mope up chemo to deal with. I even ask myself why am I hear. I am IIIB, first scans were all clear after surgery, but yet I have to do chemo.

Well, I took another look around that chemo room. I sure hope all my efforts keep me and my family from having to deal with more. So after some really hard talks with myself I decided to keep going. I have a good chance at conquering this thing, I owe that to myself, my family and to all those people in the infusion room who are battleing so much more. It is not just about how bad I feel, and I do feel bad!

Do not quit!
Jan

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lizzydavis
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To get me through the terrible chemo, I kept remembering my college friend who passed away at the age of 54. The cancer had already spread to her liver, lungs, back and legs. It was too late for her but not for you!

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Can you deal with the "What if's?"

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CessnaFlyer
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Thanks Phil and everyone else. I gave a lot of thought to your question "Can you deal with the what ifs?" I would feel awful if it came back and I had quit. I owe it to my wife and my Cessna 172 to keep going. Besides, when I was in high school I was always encouraging my dates to go all the way, and so I should do the same. (Sorry for the last sentence, but I find that when I joke I feel better.)

khl8
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And good for your sense of humor! Keep it up!
Kathy

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PhillieG
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Buzz asked the big "What if" question first but it's something that in many ways has helped me to make decisions as far as treatment goes. As far as I see it, it' simple. Sort of like Clint as Dirty Harry.
I know what you're thinking — "Did did the surgeon kill six tumors or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But, being this is CANCER, one of the most powerful diseases in the world and would blow your sphincter clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, CessnaFlyer?

LOVED your joke about high school dating.
Funny (and helpful) way to look at it. Why do you think I post the way I do? One has to find humor or irony in life and in death.

We should adopt a new phrase:
"Chemo, so easy a caveman can do it"
-phil

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grandma2selena
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I felt this way half way through my treatments, oh heck let's just stop this insanity now! I didn't, and please don't you! You won't feel this way forever, take it one day at a time and you will get through it and be glad you did!

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Nana b
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Don't stop, a bit of inconvenience now, it's worth your life.....one foot in front of the other.

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dianetavegia
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Cessna, I don't ever remember reading about 5 FU being given that way. So you have tx once a week for six weeks and then have OFF 8 weeks? I had FOLFOX every two weeks for 12 tx's. 24 weeks (oh except for time off for gall bladder surgery).

Glad to hear you're going to stick it to them, I mean stick to it! Keep on flying high!

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CessnaFlyer
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It's 4-cycles and each cyle is 8-weeks long. For 6-week I get Chemo one a week. Then they stop for the next two weeks, and that completes an 8-week cycle. They do this for a total of 4-cycles, or 32 weeks. I don't get the Folfox. Just the 5-Fu and Leucovorin. If you Google Roswell Park regimena you can find a lot of articles on it. It's my understanding that it was the Chemo treatement used for 40-years until the more aggressive FOLFOX treatment was introduced about ten years ago. I guess for Stage IIA my doctor didn't feel I had to be as agressive and so opted for the Roswell Park regimen. I will try and take your advice of continuing to stick it to them, but I think I better check with my wife first. :)

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P_I_T_A
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I've wondered what the heck I'm doing too. I was NED pre-treatment CAT scan. I had my aunt pass away from BC 2 weeks before I started. Now I just do it more for her than myself and wont quit for anything. I was awful sick today, but tomorrow I'll be better. Dig down deep, find your source of comfort, whatever it may be, and ride it out! All of us here are stronger than we think we are!

-DJ

lcarper2
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I to was ned after the surgery and 5 weeks left on chemo I am sick all the time I tell everyone I have good days and bad days and days that just suck and most of them just suck but I am not going to let the cc monster win I will finish to the end at 62 what else do I have to do but throw up and sit on the pot...

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PhillieG
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It's full of "what ifs?". This is one of the few that we have a lot of control over and is possible one of the most important ones there is.
Glad to hear you're sticking with it DJ
-p

bdee
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I'm on this regimen for the rest of my life. I'm 55 and planning to live to 100. In other words, if I can do it, anyone can do it.

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victory10
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thanks to you for starting the thread and thanks to everyone that responded. I often talk about stopping treatement because I really believe that all the cancer cells are destroyed. You all have solidified my comment to continue walking through this but I do put God in it even tho I've taken this chemo drug route. When I have a symptom I talk to God to help me get through it or remove the negative side effect. Like last Wednesday night my temp wanted to spike. I prayed and kept taking my tempterature and thursday morning I felt well, just the body was really still....Now I've renewed my commitment to the process even if I have to stay in the bed for 3-4 days out of the 14 day cycle. 8 more times of it and then I will have slayed my giant. Cancer will NEVER come in my body again. It slipped up on me this time but never again!!!!!!

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