Mar 23, 2009 - 4:55 pm
I just want to get this LAST ROUND in me and move on! (sigh). Last Monday when I went in for my scheduled chemo, my platelets were 27. My red blood cells were also too low, so I had a blood transfusion and was told to come back today. Today all of my other blood work was really good, but my platelets were 64. 100 is supposed to be the cut-off but my oncologist would have let me get my LAST round of chemo if I hit 85 today. Now I have to go back again Thursday and try again. I'm bummed.
I repeated the comment posted here that "UPSC is not curable" to my oncologist, as he always tells me that we are going for a cure for me. He said that the best opportunity for a cure is BEFORE any recurrance or post-surgery metastisis, and that after a recurrance he would consider additional treatment as 'managing' the cancer and no longer call it 'seeking a cure'. But a cure is possible if the initial surgery, chemo, and radiation can kill all of the cancer, and that is why they throw everything they have in chemo and radiation at the cancer from the get-go. He encouraged me to have the full gamut of radiation NOW, and to not 'save' any treatments for recurrance; he said that we will keep working towards a full cure for me until that hope is taken away by a recurrance. Then he'll switch gears and work to keep me alive and my cancer under control. But for now, he still feels a cure is a possibility. He confirmed that recurrance usually happens within the 1st 2 years after the initial treatment, and that once you pass the 2 year mark with no recurrance, you are almost home free. ((((Peggy)))); I know you are there at 2 1/2 years!!