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Oct 28, 2009 - 9 comments

Trying to establish a relationship with my Canadian doctor has been a challenge.  Icing on the cake - went in on Monday due to persistent vomiting and constipation.  He's switching me to Caelyx which is Brit version of Doxil.  He then said, "Cross your fingers, I'm just trying to get you thru til Christmas."  This was unsolicited info and it has bummed me out royally.  
One good thing, I need to be on IV and don't have to go to the hospital.  Guess I gotta put up with this guy to get good home care.

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135691 tn?1271097123
by Tybear, Oct 28, 2009
What a jerk...I feel your pain. It's not easy establishing a good relationship...I loved my surgeon but he's not the one who prescribes chemo. My doc who prescribes chemo usually just sends his residents in who are useless. My doctor here doesn't order the chemo (he takes his cue from the doc's in Toronto) but he'll administer it here in the clinic. Nothing seems to make sense...
Your doc had no right saying something to you like that. My family doc can be a little abrupt with me too when it  comes to stuff like that but I've made it clear in the past not to sugar coat anything - it comes back to bite me in the a** every once in a while.
Take care,
Becky xx

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by TrudieC, Oct 28, 2009
What a [email protected]!  The last thing you need is your doctor being a jerk by saying totally inappropriate and ambiguous statements like that.  You are one tough cookie and you are going to show him.  Can't wait to get down there and see you soon.

Hugs, Trudie

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by lvfrogs, Oct 28, 2009
That is assinine. There is no reason to be like that.I don't understand doctors anymore. Do they just go into the field for monetary reasons because the compassion is generally not there! Plus the knowledge sometimes too.
Trudie, give her big hugs from me!

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by ireneo, Oct 28, 2009
Hmm, and just what happens at Christmas? He passes you off to someone else? What a poop. (am I allowed to say that?)

Did he do anything about the constipation or is the switch to Doxil supposed to take care of that?

Nice to have the IV at home. I came home with an IV gadget plugged in my arm one time before one of my heart procedures. Better to go back to the hospital and be ready than have them dig around in my arm again. IV's are just creepy.

Hope your next go round with the doctor is better. Maybe he just has to grow on you (like a fungus :-)

Take care.  irene

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by Searching48507, Oct 28, 2009
Good Grief, what a jerk.  Don't let him bum you out.  He doesn't have a crystal ball on the future.  I hope the new medicine works for you and you have relief from this.

Take care,


135691 tn?1271097123
by Tybear, Oct 28, 2009
Hey let me know how the Caylex works out for you doc mentioned that drug to me a long while ago and said although it's a lot like Doxil, it doesn't have the same toxicity. It's supposed to be easier to tolerate...
What is the dosing schedule like? Sorry for all the questions...I'm back to researching chemo options :)
Becky xx

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by Teresa222, Oct 28, 2009
One thing for sure, I doubt he'd use such crude language if you were truly challenged to make it through Dec.  IOW, you are going to go much longer in spite of that jerk!  No doctor would be that callous in discussing your true prognosis.

Now, to the Doxil.  I had no problems for the first three treatments, then on the 4th it hit me. But, none of the side effects were as bad as the first chemo drugs they give us initially.  Please go into it knowing it will probably work.  I'm on my 5th month NED. This is the longest I've gone since DX.  I attribute it to the Doxil AND of course, prayer.

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by helenl89, Oct 29, 2009
The guy is a totally a jerk, for the use of stronger language, never mind it would be bleeped out. you are a fighter and christmas isn;t that far away you show the son of a b what you are made of. a iv at home is better than in the hospital anytime. i'm sure its uncomfortable though. did you ever try the magnesium sulfate for the constipation? sending big hug to you take care and get some rest lol

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by Angie1992, Nov 07, 2009
I always say doctors like this are like house, except with the cane up their ***...  So arrogant and cruel, we put up with so much let alone these jerks.  Sending big hugs and prayers, Angie

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