Oct 18, 2010 - 6:16 pm
i had my port flushed today and nancy, the charge nurse, and my personal favorite, volunteered to do it. easy and quick. i asked her what the rationale was to give women with upsc (for example), chemo when it was known that not all cancer cells would be eradicated by the chemo. her answer seemed self-evident to me, yet i'd never thought of it in quite this way. she said that chemo kills most of the cancer cells, not all, and that the hope is that once we've recovered from chemo and enough cancer cells have been eradicated, that our bodies' immune system will eliminate the rest. i never thought of it in those terms, especially since our immune systems are suppressed during chemo. still, it made me think about it a little differently, instead of "well, what's the point, if it doesn't get rid of all the cancer?"
i wonder what others of you have been thinking about your chemo, and what it is/was supposed to accomplish, etc.? i know that so many of us are spending a lot of time, energy and money now building up our immune system, so that this time around it can successfully fight the cancer in a way it was unable to before.