Mar 09, 2013 - 8:02 am
Hi all, its been a while since I've posted. I am the care taker for my husband who has stage IV Colorectal cancer with mets to the liver, both lungs & abdominal wall. Original diagnosis & A/P Resection w/Colostomy 8/2011. He's had 5FU by mouth while on radiation, then Folfox regimen. Had to stop Folfox due to shortness of breath (O2 did not help). He has lumps that have come up in his right groin & close to the original posterior wound, these of course are cancer. Now Onc has put him on chemo Irinotecin (Camptosar) they call CPT11. He did not have the diarrhea for the first 2 tx, in fact did great. However on the third week of the first round he started diarrhea 2 days later. He is barely eating, but is drinking some which of course goes right through. He's taking Lomotil, they've also given him Sandostatin shot. Also, he had a small stroke in the right parietal region immediately after stopping that 3rd week's chemo. the only thing affected was speech and vision. The onc has stopped chemo for 2 weeks. He's had fluids twice, is barely better.
Here is my question -- Have any of you had this chemo & if so, how did you handle diarrhea, weakness, no appetite? Are there any tips you can give as far as appetite stimulant - anything that could help him. He is just so weak - he's lost at least 10 pounds. I see him shrinking before my eyes and I can't stand it. The onc nurse said this is very typical of other patients, but how do you SURVIVE it?
Thank you all so much!