Nov 15, 2011 - 7:02 pm
This is my Mother's 3rd round of carboplaxin and altima for stage 4 lung cancer. She handled the first two treatments very well. The 3rd round has been extremely hard. The symptoms have been the same except usually at 2 weeks she is back to her ol' self. Her fatigue is much greater - had to rest after taking a shower this morning. I sent an email to Dr. this afternoon expressing concern for her extreme fatigue. His onc nurse called right away and wants us to come in for blood work tomorrow. Said it is not uncommon for some cancer patients to have an "accumulative" reaction. Depending on blood work, may have to have blood transfusion. WOW! I will not jump to any conclusions but am just startled at the complexity of treating this disease - emotionally and physically. Just trying to stay one step ahead...
Has anyone out there had to have a blood transfusion? Are the benefits of transfusion immediate?
My Mother is 79 and in otherwise GREAT health - no diabetes, heart disease, etc.