thank you so much for your information. You give such a clear picture of what your mother is going through.
Your mother has received state of the art treatment. I agree with all the interventions that have been suggested.
Doxil is a very good choice.
One caveat is that it takes 3 to 4 treatments before you start to see a good response. In the meantime, she may develop fluid again. So it is important not to give up on that drug too soon but it may be necessary to add other interventions such as draining fluid in the lungs or abdomen and even sometimes direct instillation of chemo into the abdomen.
It is a very frightening situation. Hopefully with good support, her condition will stabilize. I can see that you understand that she has a cancer that will not go away. Our goals become trying to stabilize the progression of the cancer and doing interventions that do not make her quality of life worse
Thank you Dr. Goodman for your reply. I will mention the caveat you mentioned about taking 4 tx's before results are seen. They are doing a CT scan after her 3rd tx. She was diagnosed May 2009 and had one round of Chemo (6 treatments) then they moved to the IP (directly into the abdomen) however she was not able to tolerate it, it amlost put her in the hospital and caused such weakness,her body basically couldn't take it so I doubt they will do that again. Thank you for your frankness in what to expect, that the cancer will not go away. So far she is on day 6 of the Doxil and no ill effects. So her quality of life on this treatment is much better then the previous so that is hopeful. She and I both want to explore alternative tx's such as herbal and accupuncture, do you have any advice on this subject?
Just to clear up a typo or two, Taxol or Taxil (not sure how to spell it was the first chemo drug) and she had her ovaries, omentum and uterus and appendix removed, not her liver or colon...
Many cancer centers do have a practicing acupuncturist who can consult.If not, you can go to the NCAM website of the NCI to see what studies there have been.
I usually think calling an acupuncture school in your area is the best way to get referrals for treatment. Schools will have the most update to and legitimate practitioners. I did a search but did not see that in Virginia.
Here is a link to what I found
In Boston,we have the oldest acupuncture school in the US New England School of Acupuncture
I call them all the time for references