Feb 08, 2011 - 5:44 pm
I took Arimidex 1 mg daily for 7 weeks to see if it would slow the rise of the CA 125 for me. It did not work. My last CA 125 was 645 (9 weeks ago). My CA 125 today was 1510. The gyn/ono feels it is time to start chemo again. I did not have a CAT scan today, but he said he would order one if I wanted it. He did not think it would change his recommended treatment plan, so I opted not to have another one since I had one 9 weeks ago and there were 4 lymph nodes that have been slowly growing over the last year.
I will go back on Taxol/Carboplatin every 3 weeks. I will start the chemo on February 22. The doctor only gave the Arimidex a 10 - 20 per cent chance that it would work, but I felt it was worth trying. In those two months we enjoyed the holidays, went on a weeks vacation and a 7 day cruise, and met a UPSC sister, so it was a good 2 months.
The doctor said it is unknown how many treatments I will need, as it will depend on how the CA 125 responds and how I do. He says many people are able to get multiple doses of the taxol/carbo without problems, and others do develop allergies to the drugs. He said it may take several treatments before the CA 125 starts to come down.
He did say if this combination does not work, there are other options, but would not say what they are at this time. Since I responded so well the last time, it is hoped that I will respond well again.
This is not the news we wanted today, but knew the day was coming when more treatment was needed. My brother is coming for a 10 day visit, and friends from home are coming, too. It will be good to spend time with them.
I feel great, so it is hard to believe terrible things are going on inside of me. In peace and caring.