Feb 04, 2011 - 9:45 pm
Hi all - finally got results this afternoon from Monday's CT scan after doing Treanda chemo since November. Not exactly what Sy and I nor my Oncologist wanted, but it was about a 30% remission. The mass decreased in size from 8.2 x 5.5 cm to 5.8 x 2.7 cm. As my Optimist husband said, it hasn't grown and though small lymph nodes remain, no evidence of any new masses are growing.
My Doctor sent me to the hospital for more extensive blood work - a more detailed analysis than is done each week in his office. He's concerned because I've been in chemo treatment now for 8 months and he said, "Though you always have a smile on your face, you're showing effects of long term chemo exhaustion." He's changing my chemo to a lower dose I may tolerate with less than 3 weeks side effects and prescribing new medications. Also bringing me back the day after chemo for a shot that's helpful for several symptoms, as well as extra hydration by IV. Hoping those things will shorten my weeks of feeling crummy. Can't do a thing for the total exhaustion and fatigue but we all know how that is! My "new normal" as I've seen several of you mention on this site is a far cry from my old energy, but that's just the way it is.
Thanks for all your prayers and words of encouragement - appreciate them so much. Fran