Chemotherapy used to slow Multiple Sclerosis??
February 9, 2007 11:59pm CST
My husband is 54 and was diagnosed with MS seven years ago. He is now almost totally bedridden--but he can talk, swallow, stay sitting up when lifted, etc. He took Avonex for three years--still lost functions though. At his last neurologist appointment he was referred to an oncologist to discuss chemotherapy to slow down the progression. I have checked this out on-line and I'm just not sure it's a good idea. It seems to me that would make him feel miserable, and what about all the side effects? Has anyone had any experience with this kind of treatment for MS? I'm not sure I have ever really felt his neurologist was helping him, but for a second opinion I have to take him over an hours ride in a wheelchair on the lift bus, and that's one way. This is very hard on him and stressful for me as he doesn't have control over bodily functions and it would tire him out terribly. How do we know what's right? I know some of you have experience with MS (family, friends, spouses), and I would like to hear your opinions on this. Has anyone had first hand experience with this way of treating MS, and, if so, did it help?