Re: Old Age Leukemia
If she goes thru chemo, she is likely to get side effects of nausea, vomiting, hair loss, possibly all of it, severe fatigue. It depends on the chemo proposed. I would get more information from her Dr. on the specifics. One method of treating things like this is in the elderly is called palliative care, and just means you treat the symptoms to help patient feel better, but do nothing too aggressive that is going to make them sick. The blood transfusion will help her fatigue for awhile. Some of the leukemias in the elderly are chronic and less aggressive than the acute forms that occur in the younger. I would have a long discussion with your Mom and Dr. and find out more about her prognosis, her type of leukemia and expected course if you do nothing, treat palliatively, or treat aggressively. This should ultimately be her decision.