Hi, I have been receiving chemo for 1 year and 6 months.
This is my first reoccurence. I have not had a CT scan since
January so I asked my dr yesterday about it and he ordered
one of my chest,abdomen and neck. I have a tumor in my
neck and several in my abdomen and 1 under my arm.
I have a very bloated belly and I recently gained more
weight (10 pounds in 2 months). I look pregnant and I
am not. It is so frustrating because I don't overeat. I have
gained 50 pounds in a year and a half. I feel ugly because
of it. I used to weigh 145 and now just reached 200 pounds.
I have never in my entire life weighed this much.
I just had to go out and buy some bigger clothes. I hate
to look at myself in the mirror. I don't even like to take
a shower because I have to look at myself.
I was just wondering what you ladies thought was the
norm for how often you have to have CT scans. Should
I just have not mentioned it to the dr so if it is bad news
I don't get upset? My tumor marker was last 38. It had
got down to 27 and it also was in the 60's.
My dr is fixated on the fact that he wants my tumor
marker to be normal about 7 or 8 before he stops chemo.
I feel like I may be getting chemo for the rest of my life.
When do you decide to stop. I guess it is a good idea
to have a CT scan and see what is going on. I cannot
get PET scans because my insurance doesn't cover them.
I would appreciate any advise you might have. Does anyone
else feel the same way? Men used to flirt or at least
look my way. I am 44 and single. Now they don't even
give me a second glance. I had breast cancer 10
years ago and the dr did a bad job with the
reconstruction. So I feel like my whole body looks bad.
Thanks for reading. Sincerely, Nancy