"To chemo or not to chemo?"
About: Royal Perth Hospital Royal Perth Hospital Perth 6000 http://www.rph.wa.gov.au/
Posted by Not sure what to do (as ),
I have been a patient at the Royal Perth Hospital for some time now. I have been very well looked after and they are very good to me.
I was first diagnosed with colon cancer, after which I was operated on to have the cancer removed. I have recovered well from my surgery, but the cancer has since moved to my liver and also partially my diaphragm. I have now had chemo 13 times. However, after my last chemo treatment I became very sick with a heavy cold. Because the chemo kills off red and white blood cells, I have been very weak and my cold has been very hard to get rid of. I have had blood tests that have shown I am anaemic and the doctor put me on iron supplements. I feel better from taking the iron.I saw the liver doctor while I was sick with the heavy cold and he believes that I should stop the chemotherapy treatment. The chemo makes me feel very sick and I lose my appetite. I really didn't think I could make it through my 14th chemo treatment.
I have since seen my Oncologist and he disagrees with my liver doctor (who sent my Oncologist a letter). My Oncologist believes that I should continue with my chemo treatment. A CT scan has shown that the cancer has shrunk a bit.When I'm not on chemo I feel well and I eat well, but when I'm on chemo I feel very weak, sick and lose my appetite. I don't know what I should do. I'm not sure which doctor's advice I should follow. Can anyone help me please?