Feb 17, 2011 - 10:27 pm
Hello my dear warriors :) I’m piping in to give you an update on my treatments and of course letting everyone know that I’m ok. As I’ve posted, my cancer came back on my spine after 6 short months with NED. Subsequent to long visits with my oncologist I decided to opt out of radiation and jump into chemo, here’s why: My cancer is triple negative, and in my mind, moving fast, growing fast, and all the other horror stories I’ve read about triple negative. So, I thought it would be best for me to jump into chemo because it covers a larger area than radiation. The radiation would definitely help with the pain, but it would target the two tumors, and I fear that while it’s doing that, I may have cancer growing elsewhere. Thank God, I have a high pain tolerance so I can manage the pain while the chemo can get to work on everything from my neck down. I wanted to let you all know I’m starting Xeloda on Monday. Of course this is a pill form of chemo and it has to be picked up at the pharmacy: Retail Cost $5702.00/month, my insurance covers $3100.00, my co-pay assistance card covers up to 80% of the remainder, YIKES!! Basically it’s a five thousand dollar laxative LOL :-) Two of the most common side effects are D and Hand and Foot Syndrome. If anyone has any helpful hints for Xeloda, D, or Hand and Foot Syndrome please pass them along; I want to gather all the information I can before I start it on Monday.