Aug 19, 2012 - 1:28 pm
My mom's oncologist has told us a number of times that she is "not the typical patient." I have mixed feelings about hearing this. I know it's supposed to be a good thing, the fact that she's been fighting stage 4 stomach cancer for close to 3 years now, when statistics said 12-16 months.
However, my mom feels so tired from the chemo and so drained. The second to last chemo had no effect and mets grew, then she was only on irinotecan which showed mixed results, so the dr has added another drug with it. I really hope it works.
It's just that when I hear she's not the typical patient, it makes gets me scared because it's sorta like, well we've never dealt with this situation before, so we're going into uncharted waters. I wish her situation was more common because then there's a better idea of what works and what approach can be done.
I don't want the day to come where the doctor will say there are no options left but remember she wasn't the typical patient (almost like a consolation, the positive side of this situation).