Dec 26, 2012 - 2:31 pm
My mom was dx w/ stage 4 on Dec. 2. She completed her first round of taxol/carboplatin 10 days ago - and has been in the hospital ever since. Her nausea and pain and pressure(upper abdomen ) are awful. She really isn't eating and has been on and off of IV fluids. Also, had NG tube for a few days. She gags a lot, and vomits occasionally - sometimes bile. She is moving her bowels right now, so that is good. Some days I think she is end stage - as she is that sick - other days she seems better and stronger, and I feel hopeful. Had anybody every been so advanced when they started their chemo that they had to stay in the hospital for this long, and have felt this sick? Her mouth is stone dry, and she is never, ever comfortable.
One doctor (he was a hospitalist filling in for the onc who is on vacay) told my mother and father last nite "you are dying" and insinuated that she would not be leaving the hospital.
I spoke to another dr. this morning who said my mother is not activily dying, that she is stable, and that they don't expect to see if the chemo will work for 3-6 weeks (she has carcinosarcoma, which is less responsive to chemo). He quoted 25% do not respond, which I find encouraging, because that means that 75% do. He fully expects my mother to recieve another round of chemo in 11 days or so, while the other doctors (and some of the nsg staff) kind of hint that they don't think my mother will be well enough to continue her tx.
I have been getting constant mixed messages.
In summary - has anybody been this sick early on in tx?