Posted by Brighty on Aug 29, 2020 5:36 pm
Posted by MLA on Aug 30, 2020 9:21 am
Posted by Charlie1 on Sep 4, 2020 11:10 am
I wanted to share something that happened to my husband who has terminal met stomach cancer. He had a dentist's appointment, not with his usual dentist but a new one. The oncologist told him to let the dentist know he has advanced cancer and that he is receiving chemo. My husband has been having issues with his teeth since the chemo. He did tell the dentist this and she then told him he needed a couple of crowns and a root canal. My husband said let's hold off on the crowns for now and she said do you want to die is that what you want? to die and said oh he wants to die. If you have the crowns done you will live. I was not in the room as we are not allowed or she would have been shut down right away. She kept repeating it over and over to him until he was upset and ready to leave. My husband is a very kind patient man and it takes a lot to get him upset. He finally looked at her and said you are being very rude and you need to stop. I guess then she realized how she sounded but still when my husband was on his way out she said if you are alive in a year I will pay for all your crowns. I did not know this until we got home and I wondered why they said there would be no charge for the root canal as what your benefits do not cover the dentist as offered to pay the balance. I have never been so shocked in all my life that someone would talk like that. He was doing really well and we were being really positive enjoying life and now he is feeling quite down. Repeatedly she asked him if he wanted to die in an almost taunting way he said.
Posted by Brighty on Sep 4, 2020 2:36 pm
Posted by RedWaterLily on Sep 5, 2020 2:05 pm
My husband diagnosed with stomach cancer recently, and started chemo treatments last month, treatment plan was to get chemo every 2 weeks. He treatment was scheduled today, but after the blood results, he was informed that his platelets count is too low, and his treatment has to be postponed to next week. I'm wondering if this happens to anyone out there? Is there any food, drink or supplements that my husband can get to improve on the platelets level? Or is this something that the hospital has to adjust the chemo medication?
Posted by Lianne_Moderator on Sep 5, 2020 6:24 pm
When I was going through breast cancer treatment, I was supposed to do chemo every 3 weeks. But a couple of times my white count was too low so I had to wait a week. I believe this is quite common. In my case, I was eager to be done with treatment and back to work ( Don't ask me why lol - just wanting to get back to normalcy I suppose ) so I was given an injection to stimulate the white blood cells. However, it was very expensive and left me in the fetal position with severe bone pain for 4 days. So after that I just waited it out.That essentially is the chemo doing it's job. I think they also decreased the dose for me one time as well. Good questions to ask at the next chemo appointment. Fingers crossed they are up for next week.
Posted by RedWaterLily on Sep 5, 2020 9:49 pm
Posted by Cynthia Mac on Sep 6, 2020 8:17 am
The hospital did reduce Dad’s medication level to 80% of the full dose to see if that would help his counts bounce that few days sooner, but, again, I couldn’t say for sure that it made a difference.
Posted by Cynthia Mac on Sep 6, 2020 8:27 am
Having said that, there is no reason for a dentist to berate a patient in that manner. Based on what you wrote, her behaviour appears to have crossed several lines, including those of professionalism and ethics. It might be worthwhile to seek out an opinion from another dentist, and depending on the outcome of that visit, take any appropriate action with the dentist who has already seen your husband.
Posted by RedWaterLily on Sep 6, 2020 3:06 pm
Posted by Cynthia Mac on Sep 6, 2020 6:55 pm
Once the doctor gives a diagnosis, it’s perfectly natural to want to get it out ASAP!! I counteracted that thought by remembering that it took time to develop, so chances are that it will take time to treat it.
I know it’s worrisome, but if it helps us “wrap our head around it,” we do what we can do.
I still remember the post from the person who said that when they were getting treatment, they imagined the cancer cells screaming as they were being destroyed. That perspective has really stuck with me! Like I said, whatever works!
Posted by RedWaterLily on Sep 7, 2020 1:01 am
They postponed the chemo treatment for one week, but no suggestions on what to do to bring the platelet level up! Now I'm wondering what if the platelet level still low by the time my husband have his next blood work done?
Posted by Cynthia Mac on Sep 7, 2020 7:51 am
When Dad’s treatments were postponed, it was always 7 days out, too. I think they probably have enough science to know that this amount of time gives them an assurance that the platelet count will be high enough for the next treatment, and I found it helpful to know that they were keeping Dad on a “bloodwork Tuesday, chemo Wednesday” regimen.
I don’t know how to increase platelet count. You can increase red blood cells by eating more red meat and leafy greens, but the only thing I saw on the Mayo Clinic site for platelet counts was transfusions, and your oncologist would probably not recommend that.
Is your husband taking folic acid as part of his treatment plan by any chance?
Posted by Nightowl on Sep 8, 2020 4:47 pm
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