Apr 06, 2011 - 1:27 pm
I went for chemo number 3 on Tuesday. The good news is my cancer marker went from 1530 - 439 (normal less than 35). So that was wonderful news. I asked the doctor what goal we were working for. He said ideal would be normal range. So with the big drop, maybe one more chemo will do it.
I get the cancer marker results after I see the doctor, so He does know how the last chemo treatment lowered the cancer marker. I will call him to see what he recommends regarding the next chemo treatment. I think he will want me to have one more, to get any of those migrating cells, but that is just my opinion
The not so good news is that I had a reaction to my second chemo drug (Carboplatin). I had hand itching, tightness in chest, increased heart rate. Then I got nausea and vomiting, and then diarrhea. They stopped the drug and gave me medicines for the symptoms I was having. Then they wanted to run the medicine over 6 hours instead of the three hour rate. Since it was 6:00 p.m when I had the reaction, and the Infusion Center is only open until 9:00 p.m, they could not finish the infusion that day. They did not get anymore of the Carboplatin on Tuesday.
There were no rooms in the hospital, so I could not go there to finish the infusion. So the decision was to come back on Wednesday to finish the infusion. So we left here about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and had to be back here at 8:30 a.m.
When we got here the pharmacy decided to discard yesterday's bag and start with a new bag of the full dose and run it over 6 hours. That did not get started until around 11:00 a.m. , so it will be a long day again today. They gave me different pre-meds so I hope everything goes okay today.
So now my chemo days are about 13 hours with all the premeds, and chemo meds, instead of the nine hours. I don't know if they will decide I need two days instead of one for my treatments. In Quincy I hope that is what they decide. I will talk to my doctor here and see what he suggests. I don't know if splitting the drugs affects the way the drugs work.
Otherwise, Tom and I doing great. We plan on coming back to Quincy next week sometime. We will be home for sure by the 17th, but maybe earlier if your wether stays as nice as it has been, and I am feeling okay.
Thank you for the continued thoughts and prayers. They are working and are much appreciated. In peace and caring.