My mother's oncologist decided to discontinue her chemotherapy of doxil and carboplatin due to low platelets and WBC counts. In the mean time, the oncologist has prescribed Tamoxifen
(DX: Stage IIIC in November 2005, suboptimal debulking surgery followed by six rounds of Carbo-Taxol, followed by an interval debulking and six more rounds Carbo Taxol. She experienced a recurrence in November 2006, had a third debulking surgery followed by eight infusions of Doxil-Carboplatin and has been receiving regular infusions of platlets and shots of neupogen. Her CA-125 has remained in the normal range since her fourth treatment with Doxil-Carbo, and a CT-Scan after the sixth treatment showed some specks in the abdomen. While mom fatigues more quickly than before, she generally has a good appetite and regularly engages in light exercise )
How would you weight the risks and/or potential benefits of temporarily discontinuing chemo and taking Tamoxifen versus continuing with all of the blood infusions and chemo?
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