late effects of cancer treatment

Noellesmom Member Posts: 1,859 Member

Almost four years out from his successful cancer treatment, Jim had a (minor) setback last weekend.  Although happily ensconced at home again, last Sunday they strapped a DNR bracelet on his wrist.

Jim has developed anaplastic anemia subtype pancytopenia as a result of his chemotherapy and radiation.  This is otherwise known as bone marrow failure - none of the three components produced in his bone marrow are being being produced at a normal rate.  This led to extreme fatigue and loss of appetite directly causing a drop in his sodium.  He was considered non-responsive for 18 hours. Once they got the sodium level up, he was much improved.  In the hospital for a week, we now know where there is no cancer because of the extensive testing done.  

Right now he is sleeping peacefully in his own bed with me regularly hovering over him to make sure he is still okay.

We'll see the hemotologist soon although monitoring his CBC is likely all that will be done for now unless there is a radical drop in one of the three components.

All this has left me more than slightly rattled: has anyone seen my car keys?  Or even my purse?


  • phrannie51
    phrannie51 Member Posts: 4,716
    Oh no!!

    How incredibly scary for you!!  This is a new "late effect" that I haven't heard of.....I'm glad to hear he's home now, and feeling better....Sending prayers they can manage the blood/bone marrow problem in some way....


  • debbiejeanne
    debbiejeanne Member Posts: 3,102 Member
    damn, do the side effects

    damn, do the side effects ever stop??!!!  i'm so sorry to hear this.  i'm glad he is home now with his family.  i know he has to feel better being home.  i think i saw your purse on the table next to the  hang in there.  praying for you all.

    God bless you,


  • jim and i
    jim and i Member Posts: 1,788 Member
    So sorry to hear this.

    So sorry to hear this. Praying for  strength and healing.


  • wmc
    wmc Member Posts: 1,804
    Truely sorry

    Truely sorry, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.