My mother was diagnosed with stage 3 right after Memorial Day. The cancer has spread to include lymph nodes outside of the esophagus wall. Because she is 81 yrs old, the surgeon and we agreed that surgery, chemo and radiation would be too much for her to endure. We are beginning the chemo and radiation treatments tomorrow. Between my brother and I, we are attempting to try and take care of transporting her to all of her medical appointments but there are just too many. She has at least one if not two appointments Monday-Friday for the next 6 weeks. Does anyone know of an agency or caregiver to call that may help supplement us in transporting her to a couple of her appointments?
Len's chemo with Gemzar will begin tomorrow, July 14, 2009. After about 6 treatments, radiation will be done. He has had his port inserted and the tattooing done for radiation.
Last week, we took a trip to Ocean City, NJ, for some R & R. Len has been feeling fine, golfing, eating well, exercising, etc. He is getting stronger every day. New CAT and bloodwork were fine. CA19.9 came back a 9. Doctors are pleased with his recuperation so far. Let's hope the chemo doesn't take him back.
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Having had breast cancer in 2002 and then having it reoccurr in 2005 as metastic breast cancer to the lungs stage four; I feel as if I should be content with my complete remission (though I am still classified as being stage4!) When I have a great deal of new pain or abnormalities that increase with time, I am often afraid to call my oncologist. My oncologist who sees me quarterly is professional and personable. I also have a doctor for internal medicine. I don't know why I have less confidence in what I should reasonably relay to each doctor. I have no idea when I become worse progressively whether it is somthing to relay to my oncologist or my general doctor.
Let me set the stage. I live in a tiny country town population like 35 on a good day. We have a tavern and a gas station. And its so quiet ya can hear the coyotes farttin up on the bluff at night. Now 'm sitting here at home naked eatin cheetos and watchin cartoons on the tube at around 9:30 this mornin decidin what ta do with my day and theres a knock on my door. So I holler who iz it? Kinda pissed cause somebody was messin with my nakked cheeto eattin cartoon watchin time. Its the sherriff they reply. (cheetos go flying ganja under the chair hide the gun sittin on the table and throw on some shorts and a shirt! Down the stairs I go to answer the door for the man. I open the door and I'm standing there face to face with 3 mind ya not one but 3 cops with thier glocks aimed right at my forhead. Now I aint one ta run from a good gunfight but a coupla things come to mind in this situation right away. First off there was 3 of them second of all I had just thrown my piece under the sofa and was feelin a might naked at that point. So I opted for plan B and said whoa boyz I'm unarmed and threw my hands up. No **** true story. Glad I had taken a shower lest I offend the boyz. Now I dont know about you but first I was a touch concerned about why 3 cops were at my door at 9:30 in da morning with their **** drawn! Kinda takes da starch out of your shorts for a minute or two. Well anyway they ask me my name and for once I thought might not be a good time for ****in around with em so I gave them my right name. Well seems wasnt me they was after anyway and so they commenced ta asking me a bunch of questions about the boy that lives downstairs from me. Seems somebody with a caddilac just like his same plates and all had just robbed the bank down the road. No **** I says to the friendlier of the 3. Willy(thats the guys name down stairs) a bank robber no ****in way! **** the poor ***** has one foot in the grave from his 2 year vacation in nam. ya know agent orange and all. He is on oxygen 24 hours a day and has a laundry list of ailments longer than a horses pecker. Seems willy had given some black guy a ride home and along the way they stopped at the bank and the guy went in and robbed it! no **** I aint believing this **** either. But I was beleiving the iron in my face at my door. And these guys didnt have much of a sense of humor about **** at all. Well off they go to find my buddy willy from down stairs and sum***** if he didnt happen to come pullin up right as they were leaving. In the gettaway car! lmfao! By the time I got fully dressed and humped my fat ass out there ta see the takedown they had 12 count them 12 freakin cops around his car screaming at willy to freeze! now willy I dont think knew anything about his passenger robbing the bank cause willy just aint up for that kinda **** trust me. Well they get willy out of the car and throw him down and cuff him the whole time acourse willy is shittin all over himself with fear. Now I'm trying to holler at the cops to take it kinda easy on willy cause he aint well and they told me too shut the hell up and git back in the house. well I aint that smart. I walk about ten feet and stood my ground ta witness whatever it was that they had in mind for my buddy willy. well their next move was to put willy in da car and question him. In the process willy informs them that oh by the way there is a piece under the drivers seat and no its not registered or no he doesnt have a permit. Opps! That piece has been under his seat for like 20 years or at least as long as he has had that caddy. Cops pulled it out and it had so much rust on it I dont think it would fire anyway lol! Even the cops was laughing. One told me they would probably drop that charge if willy could clear himself lol! Well the saga continues but i dont have any more particulars right now cause they hauled willy and his car off to the hooscow. I'll post the end of this saga or at least an update as it happens lmao. I'm shakin my head cause I know i'm still waitin for the punchline by its all true and funny as **** too me. Now I'm sure my buddie willy aint laughin right now. I'm fixxin ta call down and see if I need to bail him out or what. Hopefully he can talk his way out of it but I'm a touch worried on this one.
What a wonderful event. We walked at Olmsted County (RCTC Sport Center) from 6:30 pm to 7:00 am July 10-11. Other than a minnor Lightning show the weather was prefect. An emotional start with a survior lap. I still have a hard time calling myself a survior when I am just starting my battle. But watched and cried at all of those who have paved the road before me. Now I am sore and tired but felt good about walking for almost all night except one hour that I needed a nap. We will be doing this again and encourage you to take part in this event to raise money for Cancer research.
My dad has P.N.E.T. brain cancer, which is VERY rare for someone of his age, (51.) He just finished his last radiation treatment for a month and will be recovering until he gets his next M.R.I. to determine if the tumors shrank and what our options are. This whole experience has been a nightmare, especially after losing my grandmother to cancer of the hard palette, (in the mouth.) Even though this experience has been the worst I've ever gone through it has taught me so much. It has taught me what's important, and what's not. That family is the most precious gift anyone could be given and that the little things in life aren't worth complaining about for a millisecond when you appreciate what the world has given you. I send positive thoughts to anyone with any kind of cancer and their families. I love my dad so much and know that we will get through this.
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I was diagnosed with a mass (cancer) in my lung. My lobe was removed and I am now undergoing Chemo as a preventative measure. Lymph nodes removed from the lung did not show cancer; however, one of the lymph nodes removed from the chest area did. Apparently, my Chemo treatments Vinorelbine (Navelbine), will be once a week for 16 weeks possibly followed by radiation. I have so far had two treatments - 14 more to go. My doctor (oncologist) tells me that he will eventually increase the strength/dose of the chemo, he started me out with a low dose. I am already having side effects: Wiped out completely, constipated, and of course no taste whatsoever.
trying to adjust and accept the hard truth isn't easy to escape . it seems like things pop up to constantly remind me of this thing called cancer .
wishing i could find some peace ... and i know exactly where to find some . my neighboor accross the hall is so supportive and understanding .. i'm fortunate in that she's not always into questions about my husband ,
i'm unfortunate her long time friend is also dying with a series of small brain strokes we find solice with each other knowing we can say oh he's ok today .. and then find something to help us through and help distract ..