May 23, 2011 - 6:16 pm
Last Tuesday was my first scan since Jan. 31. Friday I got the results and they're not good. I will start with the spots in my bones, which have been stable for about a year - and still are. I guess that's the good news. The tumors in my liver have significantly increased in size. Unfortunately, the largest 5 or 6 have grown to 2-3 times their previous size. The smaller ones have stayed about the same or increased at a slower rate. No new tumors are currently evident.
This is not the first time that things have taken a turn for the worse, but I must admit that it hit me harder this time. I think I was having a false sense of security because the Navelbine, Herceptin, and Zometa were creating good results and I was coping well with the side effects and feeling pretty good. It seems though that these drugs have run their course for me. After much discussion with my onc, his recommendation on a treatment plan, and my own homework, it looks like my next plan of attack will be Xeloda for the traditional chemo, Tykerb as the targeted therapy for HER2+, and I'll be continuing Zometa once every 4 weeks.
These drugs must be ordered (in pill form) from a specialty drug company and I won't be able to start until late this week or even next week. Knowing how quickly this cancer grows, I'm "chomping at the bit" to get started. After 59 weekly infusions, I'm not looking forward to swallowing so many pills - but it's what I have to do!
So...all I ask of you is to please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I'll keep you posted as I embark of this newest leg of my journey. Thanks for being here. Continued prayers for all. Marsha