Sep 18, 2012 - 11:28 am
I pressed for a reason on giving me chemo week 6. I essentially was told it makes no difference, so I made the point that week 5 would be better since the side effects from radiation would be worse week 6.
The doc hadn't thought of that, thought it was a good observation, and put me back to week 5.
My understanding of treatment has been that chemo is given during weeks one and five. Yesterday my chemo nurse told me that I would get the second round of chemo in week six, which is during the last five days of radiation.
I asked her why and told her that chemo in week six is not protocol. She said it really doesn't make a difference whether it's week five or six. I'm being treated at Duke, and she said that giving chemo week six is the way Duke does it.
Duke is supposed to be an excellent cancer center, but I don't want to be part of a research study.
Does the week make a difference? Has anyone else received chemo in week six instead of five? Maybe I'm wrong, and the protocol is week six. Everything I remember reading though mentioned week five...if I'm remembering correctly.
Thank you for any info.