Mar 02, 2011 - 11:43 pm
First off I would like to say I hope everyone here going through treatments or family/friends assisting loved ones with them all the best.
My wife was diagnosed with T3 N1 rectal cancer at Shands. Luckily after dealing with a few doctors in our town and months of testing without results we were able to go to Gainesville for help. She is in her first week of chemo and radiation. Seems to be feeling good so far. Not sure how this rates on the cancer scale but any cancer to us is a bad thing. So I apologize and don't mean to appear as if we are the only ones in the world dealing with this. It's just all new to both of us.
My question(s) is what to expect during her treatments? How can I prepare to help her and keep her comfortable along with getting her better. She goes for treatment five days a week and is home on weekends. We are about 3 1/2 hours away so she stays in Gainesville during the week and I watch and ensure our 7 year old son continues his life as normal.
I don't know what to expect each week she comes home but really want to know what I can do to comfort her and give her the best possible care a husband can.
Sorry if this seemed confusing or rambling but I am trying to get a game plan together to help my wife and get through this.