Feb 16, 2009 - 4:24 pm
I don't have ovarian cancer, but none of my UPSC Sisters have experienced the same challenge I've been having with my chemo. I know that some of you have experienced delays in scheduled chemo and could advise me. I am supposed to be getting 6 rounds of paciltaxol/carboplatin every 3 weeks, and have 4 rounds in me to date.
Once again, just like when I went in for my last round of chemo (Round 4), my blood work today showed that I wasn't recovered enough to have my chemo this morning (supposed to be Round 5) when I went in. All of my counts were low, but the one that kept me from getting the chemo was the 39 for platelets (needs to be 100). My contingency plan of getting a transfusion today and chemo tomorrow was also nixed. The transfusion could have helped my low hemoglobin count, but even a platelet transfusion wouldn't make having chemo a safe option for me this week. (Apparently transfused platelets only live a short amount of time and chemo tomorrow would have killed all of the new ones pumped in, plus more of my own platelets, making me too vulnerable to bleeding out or internal bleeding.) So I must wait another week and try again.
It's so discouraging to keep pushing back my treatment calendar. My GOOD news is that they drew blood today for a CA-125, and my CA-125 dropped from 26 down to 17.5. Can I interpret my lower CA-125 as a reassurance that the extra week’s delay in my last round of chemo didn’t affect the success of my treatment? And so I shouldn’t let this new delay scare me? I like to think that God is slowing down the pace of my treatment in answer to my prayers that I come out of this without long-term chronic side-effects from the chemo.