Jun 01, 2009 - 10:28 pm
Today was my appointment with the medical onocologist in Illinois. She was very upbeat and listened to my previous experiences with the chemo treatments. She too will give the two drugs over the 8 hours that I needed previously to prevent reactions. My next chemo treatment (number 4) will be June 17th. She is doing more premedication with decadron (steroid) to try to reduce problems. I will take 20mg the night before and 20 mg the morning of. Boy am I going to be wired. I bet I won't sleep the night before (and I remember the hunger when I had double the steroids before!!!!!!!). Then I will get more decadron IV at the infusion center. I will see the doctor and have lab the day before, since the chemo treatment lasts so long. Today they drew lab along with a CA 125. I will be anxious to know what that result is. I have not had a CA 125 since before my 3rd chemo in March. She said I will have a CT scan after the treatments are completed. Then if the CT scan shows something abnormal I will have a PET scan. She said that the PET scan can "light up" up to 3 months after radiation treatments have been done. I was not aware of that. She said I may have more trouble with low blood counts as the bone marrow cannot replace the blood cells as quickly after pelvic radiation. She asked if I needed shots after each chemo, and I told her I had not. It is different going to all these new doctors, but I think I am going to really like her.