Jan 13, 2010 - 5:48 pm
I finally got my CA-125 from my pre-chemo labs Monday. It's down to 54.9 now, still not the magic "under 35" we are shooting far, but a good ways down from the 155 CA-125 in November that started my 'recurrence' diagnosis and started this second bout of chemo. The last 2 weeks the drop in my CA-125 has been quite small, so we talked about the possibility of adding in 'fractionated' 1/3-strength weekly carboplatin to my current single agent 1/3-strength taxol chemo. But my chemo oncologist said that he'd want a CT/PET scan before we change treatment options, since he isn't a firm believer in CA-125 as a diagnostic tool, although it had been a pretty good treatment marker for me. It's been almost 10 months since I last had carboplatin, so enough time may have gone by for me to not be 'platin-resistant', which can happen if you go back on carboplatin or cisplatin too soon after your initial treatment protocol if your remission is short like mine was. I continue with Neupogen shots every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, which cause me no bone pain or anything and seem to be keeping my white count in the safe range. My hemoglobin and platelets are also at safe levels, so this low-dose weekly taxol is a really easy chemo to do. I'm bald again, but no neuropathy or pain and my digestion has finally recovered. I even ate a medium bag of popcorn watching 'Avatar' in 3-D (GO TO THIS MOVIE!!!!) this afternoon with my husband after my shot.
My CT/PET will be in early February and I will also meet with the head of Women's Health, (a gyn-onc) about my idea of having them cut out the enlarged lymph node from under my arm (if it lights up again on the February PET scan!) and do a fresh tissue assay to see if my UPSC is EGRF or HER2 and chemo-resistant in some way that would make consideration of Herceptin or Avastin in my chemo cocktail worth fighting for. ((((((Big Hugs)))))) to all my UPSC Sisters! I feel good! This hasn't been too bad so far.