Jan 28, 2012 - 4:31 pm
My mom is 73, with stage 4B UC. She's had a full hysterectomy, then five sessions of Taxol/Carboplatin, and now because they've full a 4c mass in her abdomen area near her omentum, they are recommending more chemo. No surgery or radiation is recommended. The good news is that her CA125 decreased from 95 to 32 with the chemo.
I feel like she's at a care crossroads. She's done quite well health wise with the chemo - no mouth sores, no major neuropathy that I know of, and good weight.
She's been recommended to take Adriamycin which is a stronger chemo treatment. No other drug recommended, just a "lifetime dose". She'll be having a MUGA scan first to show her heart is healthy enough for this chemo treatment as it is known to cause heart damage. Is this a Hail Mary?
She is open to complimentary/alternative therapy - she's doing acupuncture, fresh juicing, exercise, and was told by her doc she's a "poster child for how to do chemo right". I want to understand any other complimentary therapies that could help her.
Anyone out there try that Vitamin C IV therapy I've heard about?
Rice Bran extract - IP6 Inositol hexaphosphate supplements?
Anyone seen a "medical intuitive" or medium/Reiki?
Has anyone taken a break from chemo?
Also, anything you can share regarding helpful tips or symptom relief in particular to her age or the chemo drug is much appreciated!