Hi. Is there anyone who has been told they are on Palliative Chemotherapy? I have a 4cm tumour on my sigmoid colon and liver metasis. I was told that as the mets on my liver were quite extensive they didnt think that the Leeds Liver Unit would consider me for an op so there was 'no point' in operating on my bowel and I was to received palliative chemotherapy.
They did an MRI on my liver as a base line scan in Sept and started Oxaliplatin and Capacetabine. I was then passed to a different oncologist who was talking possible operations if successful. I managed 6 full rounds but had problems with throat spasms especially when they put the flush through after my chemo IV and when I had the dye injected for my follow up MRI so they reduced to half the oxaliplatin on the 7th treatment.
Last week I was told that the liver MRI showed some reduction and that they would pass the first MRi scan from August and the second MRI to Leeds Liver MDT for consideration for operation. I also had a CT of my bowel/abdomen and lungs which apparently was unclear if any reduction on the bowel tumour.
Have just got letter through today to see the original doctor who put me on palliative chemotherapy next Weds so am now worried that its not good news from Leeds and no op.
So basically my question is If you are on palliative chemotherapy and it is working do they continue with chemotherapy indefinately or is there a limit to how much you can have and they stop? Will they continue with treatment to see if reduces more and reconsider operation or do they give up and manage symptoms only? or does palliative mean they have given up trying?