Returned from seeing my mother in Italy last week, she has just completed her 3rd cycle (from 4) of chemo, taxol/carboplatin every 3wks. She seems to be coping not too bad considering how hot its been out there, her morale has been good even with the hairloss.
The main symptom which she is finding increasingly frustrating is the fatigue which prevents her from doing anything for long, even simple household chores tire her out. She does go for a walk (20-30 mins) every evening when temp is cooler, otherwise she is fairly housebound. She is eating well, and whatever nausea there is seems to be well tolerated.
Is this level of fatigue the norm, and does it get worse with each chemo cycle? my mothers age is 73.
Also is there anything she can take to boost her energy or immune system to help with the chemo ie food supplements, vitamins, herbs etc?
I was with her while she had her blood tested prior to last cycle and asked if they were also checking the CA-125 level, was told no. Does it need to be checked during chemo or will it be checked at the end when i assume they will re-scan her? The plan is they will then perform the surgery to remove visible tumours.
Thank you for kind help and support