Aug 01, 2011 - 5:08 pm
saw my doctor this morning and asked if my ca 125 were sufficiently low, say below 35, could i, if i wanted, stop at 5 chemos rather than have the entire 6. if it were she, she said she'd have the 6, but she didn't think it was absolutely necessary. she agreed that if there were some migrant cells, or as she said, a pocket of cells, that having 6 would be better than 5, but she would leave it up to me. i was a little surprised, and expected her to take a hard line. she said that there's no evidence that having a ca 125 of 20 necessarily means a longer remission than if it were 35. in fact, she said the first 4 cycles of chemo are supposed to be the most effective.
i'm going to wait to see what my current ca 125 is ( which is after cycle 4), and what it is after my next, which will be the 5th cycle, before i make up my mind. i am glad to have a choice. as much as i'd like to be done at 5, there's a part of me that thinks i should stick with the plan, and not have any possible regrets later. what she also said was that 6 cycles of this chemo (carboplatnin and gemzar) was what most people could tolerate, not that it was ideal in and of itself. even those who tolerate chemo well (i don"t), usually can't do more than 7 or 8.
so, there you have it. my acupuncturist, who i completely trust and respect,) says the less chemo the better, and is all for me stopping at 5. having one more cycle of two infusions basically means feeling sick for at least another 3-4 more weeks, so it's a quality of life issue, too. that's all the news; we'll just wait for lab results. and go from there. will keep you posted.