Mum is stage 4 NCSC and soon to be starting on keytruda. It’s an odd ‘in limbo’ time as the words of the doctor saying the chemo hasn’t worked are still ringing. That combined with a new treatment which we will need to wait 3 months to see if effective. Mum is really anxious.
Physically, mum is doing well. She’s able to get out and about. Go for walks. No breathlessness. Mentally however, is a different matter. She’s really struggling to sleep which is exasperated by the anxiety she feels.
We’ve been to the GP and they placed her on antidepressants which caused various side effects including lack of appetite which mum can’t afford (she’s very small naturally and the cancer team are worried of weight loss). She asked for diazepam which she has but that doesn’t fix the problem. She takes sleeping pills but wakes up after 3 hours. Then she feels down in the day. It’s a vicious cycle.
We asked the cancer nurse about counselling and have to wait 4 weeks. They also said go to GP about the sleep but her one is useless.
I feel that when she starts treatment, at least she can know what to expect - hopefully it will be easier on her than chemo.
Sleeping really is the key here. When she has a good night she’s a different person.
Does anyone have any tips?