Jan 07, 2013 - 4:21 am
My Mum was diagnosed with Stage IIIA gastroesophageal juction cancer mid Oct 2012 and is being treated the same as a gastric/stomach cancer. She had her entire stomach removed late October 2012 and it took her a month before she was discharged from hospital. We thought we'd almost lost her then as recovery from surgery was originally expected to be within 7-10 days but there were complications. She is 74 years of age, never had any medical illness except for a worn knee, and was suppose to started chemo recently but was put on hold as her wound from surgery is still healing. We are awaiting results from some tests done to see if she is ready to commence in the following week.
The oncologist will be prescribing Xeloda + Oxaliplatin. I have researched the internet inclouding this forum and hear there are quite extensive nausea effects with Oxaliplatin and hear some pateitns have been prescribed Zofran or Compazine as anti-nausea medication. I also hear Sancuso patches could be useful but plan to ask these questions in the next appointment.
One of my biggest challenge is that I am located overseas with my wife and kids with plans to return in a few weeks for a 'visit'. It is tough. I was back for about a month during her procedure and plan to return as often as I can. I am still feeling the after effects of my initial shock and sadness. I hear things get tough if it spreads; usually to the liver. Relapse is looking at 80% at this stage according to the oncologist with a possible reduction to 60% post Chemo.
Can anyone please share or advise what else I can do to help especially when she is going through Chemo? I plan to buy some Biotene toothpaste which helps with dry mouth, and some good moisturing cream.