Mom 3tn1 what to expect from chemo and what questions?

hillview Member Posts: 1
edited March 2014 in Colorectal Cancer #1
Hi all,
my wonderful mom has colon cancer stage t3n1 and I am wondering what her chemo is likely to be like (routine, effects) and what I should ask doc.

Also if you have any thoughts on what I could do to support her that would be so so so appreciated!


  • LindaJean
    LindaJean Member Posts: 19
    Hello Hillary,
    Your Mom is so lucky to have you to care about her! You didn't mention how old your Mom was? I had just turned 50 when I was diagnosed with CC-Stage 3, 1 lymph positive. That was 2 years ago next month. At that time I can honestly say I would not have thought I would be here today. Looking back, everything went smooth, surgery and chemo. I had Folfox (5fu, lecv., and oxyplatin) chemo treatment. My treatment was every 2 weeks. I would have my treatment for about 3 hours then I wore the fanny pack for the 48 hour drip. Basically felt like I had the flu every other week. Yes, I was tired but really only during my treatment. I tried to maintain as normal a life as possible, continued to work over 40 hours a week throughout treatment. I took meds for the nausea during treatment, so I was fine. Had symptoms from the oxy. - tingling when touching something cold. I really think that what helped me the most was attitude and trying to keep everything as normal as possible. I drove to my treatments by myself, except for the first one because I didn't know what to expect. It was a year ago last October since I completed treatments and so far so good. I feel great ! ! Better that I have felt in years. I hope this helps. Good luck to you and your Mom!
  • Kanort
    Kanort Member Posts: 1,272 Member
    Hi Hilary,

    My stage 3 diagnosis was in October of 03 and I had the same treatment as Linda.... Folfox. I did not work, but many patients do. Typically, this regimen is given every two weeks, but there are some newer medicines available now, so your mother's treatment may be different. I know that at this time everything is new and different, but she will do fine and will be fine!!! Just be there for her and let her know that you care. Please keep us posted on her progress.

    Take care,