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Old 08-11-2003, 06:03 PM   #1
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Post Chemotherapy frequency options?

Hi. My father was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer a few months ago. He has since had a fairly large tumour and 18 inches of his intestine removed. Small traces of cancer were detected by microscope in one of his lymph nodes. He has been told that if he does not enter a chemotherapy program that there is a 40% chance of the cancer returning.
His current chemotherapy regimen includes 5 days straight of treatment, three weeks off, then 5 more days, for a total of six months. However, his side effects are so debilitating that he is considering ceasing his treatment program. Obviously, my family and I are very concerned about what he is considering and are trying to encourage him to have his chemo once a week, every week, for the remaining four months of his program.

Has anyone here changed their regimen from five days to once a week, and if so, did you notice a reduction in the severity of your side effects?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.