Nov 20, 2009 - 7:56 am
Well I had my consults on Tuesday....
The Radiation Onclologist (Brigham & Women's/Boston) recommended the treatment be the combination of 25 External Beam with the dreaded 4 Brachytherapy Internal Beam. She also recommended I do the Radiation while doing the Chemo....
My later appt with the Medical Oncologist (Dana Farber/Boston) seemed a bit perplexed with that news but told me she would consult with her the following morning along with my surgeon at their weekly research meeting...
Got a call back yesterday from the Radiation team that I have another consult set up next week for me to get the schedule and finalize details...and a call back from the Chemo doctor to say they had come to an agreement about the protocol after meeting.
Originally I was going to get the Carboplatin/Taxol however with me now getting the Radiation at the same time, they need to switch to one drug. They are going with Cisplatin for the first round. So Day 1 I would have both a Radiation treatment in the morning and a Chemo treatment in the afternoon. Radiation to continue throughout the month and then on Day 28 another Chemo treatment. Then when the external radiation is complete, then the 4 Brachytherapy sessions. Then followed (with the appropriate spacing of time) by another 4 rounds of Chemo (this time with the two meds).
Has anyone else done a similar protocol? She was very up front about the side effects of Cisplatin; mainly the risk of stress on the Kidneys...she said they will watch me like a hawk, but frankly that scares the hell out of me.
SO anyone with some personal experiences good, bad or ugly, please share!!!!
Sending out thoughts, hugs and prayers to those of you who need one today :)
I am heading out today for a weekend with friends to scrapbook. It is my passion and I laugh so much, talk so much it is very cathartic. I need to break out of dodge for sure.
Stay strong and have a wonderful weekend ladies!