DR. CHRISTIAN KOLLMANNSBERGER MD FRCPC
Vancouver Cancer Centre
The doctor, above all, wants to provide the best therapy for your mother. You mention the dosage and schedule adjustment have reduced the side effects, that indicates the reduced dosage allows her to keep taking the treatment. Is the dosage enough? That is determined at the medical follow-up but, adjusting the dose and/or schedule for side effects does not necessarily lead to decreased efficacy. Every patient is different in how their body breaks down the drug and many patients may be well served with a lower dose or different schedule. Oncologists determine if patients are responding to treatment – whether the cancer is stable or reduced - and then evaluate if the dosage is sufficient. If not, we may look for other possible therapies.
See our page on side effects management.