Update on my Mum
I posted several months ago when my Mum was first diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer with spread to liver. She was classed as inoperable.
After 5 cycles of Folfox she has just received the news that she is now operable (bowel followed by liver). We are so pleased and I hope this gives others hope. As you'll see from my original message that I posted several months ago, it was very dark time for us all and not a lot of hope given after her first appointment. Chemo has really turned things round for her.
It has been a tough ride for my Mum on chemo. She has a gene deficiency so started on 50% of the standard dose (to those who ever wonder whether a reduced dose is as effective, the answer is yes). The first one knocked her for six and her second cycle was subsequently delayed. Further reduction of the dose for the second one. Ended up in A&E after the second one (and a further delay for her next cycle) with severe breathlessness (after a short stay in hospital it was found to be nothing too serious). 3rd and 4th cycles went fine, but she ended up in A&E again after the 5th cycle with a high temperature, vomiting and shivering. Chemo stopped at that point to reasses next steps. Anyway, it's all been totally worth it to get to this point.