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my mom was diagnosed with cancer in its intial stage,which has been sucessfully removed.it has been recommended that she requires a 6 dosage of chemo for it not coming up in future?is the 6 dosage too high for a person in intial stage??

By Anonymous May 6, 2011 - 7:55am
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they say the biopsu result had nothing to worry about as it was not at all dangerous....we are juz worried about this 6 dosage...is it high???please help

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your post and welcome! it's good news that your mothers cancer was caught early; early detection is often the best "treatment" for cancer.

Even when caught in the early stages, many health care professionals do recommend chemo or radiation as a precaution. Obviously it's up to your mom what to do. Chemotherapy is a very difficult treatment for many people and it causes hair loss, weakness, memory loss, nausea, vomiting and other very uncomfortable side effects. Other experience few side effects. However- chemo serves a healing purpose even though it's a kind of poison put in your body (hence why it feels so terrible). But this poison kills cancer and has saved countless lives.

I think your mom needs to weight the pros and cons of chemo treatments and decide what is best for her. Most err on the side of caution and get it, but others elect not to, and do fine. Was all her cancer removed? If so, it sounds like her treatment is the kind known as an "adjuvant treatment" which means the cancer did not spread but it's done to help decrease the chances of it returning.

However, we cannot say either way which is best for her or what lies ahead in her future if she does or does not proceed.

How does your Mom feel about it all?

I hope to hear back from you and thanks for writing!

May 6, 2011 - 11:59am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

hey susan
Thanks fopr ur reply.....mom is really worried and depressed thats y am getting worried.....susan can you juz let me know is 6 dosage one among the minimum kind given.....i feel its tooo heavy...as per the doctor it had not spread much...they say it was one of the least kond ever seen....so this much dosage is required?

May 6, 2011 - 10:25pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thanks for the update. 6 doses of chemo would generally be considered a reasonably small amount but we cannot tell you how much dosage she would or should get; this is only for your doctors to say.

I know it's a worrying time for all of you. When you say her "cancer had not spread much" do you mean it has actually spread? Can you tell us what kind of cancer she has?

May 11, 2011 - 8:35am
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