Nov 11, 2005 - 2:17 pm
Goodmorning, I saw the oncologist yesterday and was told I do have many new areas of cancer ranging in size from about 1cm to a little over 2cm. I was given a couple options of treatment, one is a new research study group. I chose the study group. The drug is docetaxel(taxotere). It is not a new drug and is used for advance ovarian cancer, the way I recieve that is new.
I will be giving myself small doses of chemo everyday. The insurance company will love this, at this time the chemo is free. The hope is the smaller daily doses will maybe starve the cancer of its blood supply and have less side affects than having the huge dose all at once.
I go back to the U on Monday to the trainig center to learn how to flush my port and administer the chemo. Then on Wednesday I go to the research center to pick up my cooler with all the supplies for the week. I will access my port daily and administer the taxeltere. I have seen the nurses flush my port before and am sure I can do it without a problem. My Dr and the research team will follow me closely throughout the study and once a week take blood for lab to check toxicity, tumor marker and blood counts. At that time they will re-access my port and I will pick up the cooler full of drugs for the next week. I am excited and nervous.
Dr Downs says I am good candidate for this as my tumor markers usually respond well to chemo, it's just once we stop it takes off again. I am joining the 3rd level of the group, which will have 5 levels(could add more). Each level gets a little higher daily dose. I feel comfortable being in the middle dose.
The part I hate is taking all the steroids again, my body just doesn't like them but is the only way a person can put all this poison into their system. This study is set to continue for 6 months unless a person experiences dangerous side effects or it just isn't working. I see the Dr once a month and have a ct scan every 8 weeks. Randy and I left the clinic feeling very hopeful. Randy did ask what if this doesn't work and this is what we were told, "he has lots of things up his sleeve for me yet, there are still alot of options." I almost cried, I guees I was worried about running out of options and didn't really realize it. Silly me huh? I have to say I saw tears in his eyes too. As my sister said this morning, good thing the Dr has me under his wing and never really thought of it before.
I do have to get a colonoscopy to check things out, for one of the tumors is a sigmoid tumor (sp?) a little over 2cm in size. Fun huh? But at least the clinic is being watchful.
One last note and a Praise The Lord! My daughter Lynn had the genetics test done and she does not have the brca2 mutate. I am so relieved! Tears of joy were shed for her. Now if the other two would be checked out I'd feel so much better.
Thanks once again for checking in and caring about how I am doing. I love you all and will let you know how the chemo goes.
Prayers and Hugs Bonnie
Psalm 75:1, "Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare."
Psalm 107:1, "O Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever."
PS I forgot to mention I am being interviewed by KARE 11 news on Monday. A little nervous but should be good!