Apr 06, 2004 - 2:25 pm
I am stage 3 with 3 out of 31 lymph nodes positive, but no bowel involvement. I have received 9 out of 12 Folfox treatments. Yesterday my oncologist told me I would have to stop treatments for at least a month due to my liver levels being in the 500's. He said that normal was 50. He is calling my current condition Toxic Hepatitis, but I tested negative for viral Hepatitis. My oxaliplatin dosage was 140mg every two weeks, but I'm not sure of the leuc. and 5fu amounts. I read that oxaliplatin can cause liver levels to go up and that it is reversible. My doctor told me that he didn't think it was liver cancer because the levels are normal for cancer. I had a CT scan and a PET scan after 6 treatments and both were negative for any disease. I weigh about 130 and am 5'5" and I'm thinking that possibly the amounts of oxaliplatin might have been too much. I still want to have the last three treatments, but my oncologist said if I do, the dosage will have to be reduced. I also read that rather than administering the oxal. over 2 hours that it might reduce the toxic effects by giving over 6 hours. I feel that I practically live at the cancer center as it is, but if it needs to be given over a longer period...I'll go for it. I have had minor side effects with this regimen and feel blessed to feel so well. I look at this new situation as just a little bump on the road to recovery. Please excuse any spelling errors! By the way, where is spell check when you need it? I will continue to keep each and everyone of you in my heart as well as my prayers.