I have just turned 70yrs and had 2-3 more sessions of chemo to go. Two weeks ago I saw my local doctor due to being in leg pain which had prevented me sleeping at night. I was teary eyed and down and out and had enough of my leg and the fluid on my feed which would not go down, no matter what I did. My legs would not stay still for even half a minute in bed. My doctor diagnosed me as having nerve damage to my feet.
I contacted my hospital and advised the Oncologists that I was not going to have any more chemo due to nerve damage and if I continued with the drug, my feet would no doubt end up numb. My fingers were also affected. I thought the Oncologist would try to change my mind but very surprisingly, she said she agreed. Now that I have nerves that are damaged I will have to wait out at least a year to see if it becomes permanent or recovers. This diagnosis has made me decide not to have radiation as I don't want any more damage to my body. Life has become difficult with damage to my nervous system and I don't want to risk any further damage due to radiation. I would be interested what others think about my decision regarding radiation vs nerve damage.