Jan 24, 2012 - 9:03 pm
Went to the doctor today and he recommends that I start chemo again. My CA 125 is 2700, the highest it has ever been. My CAT scan showed 5 enlarged lymph nodes, three in the neck area and 2 in the abdomen. So I will start chemo February 9th. It will be Taxol and Cisplatin every three weeks. Since both drugs need to be given slowly for me, it will be two day treatment again. This infusion center is open longer than the one in Illinois, so I was hoping it could be done in one day. The doctor said admitting me to the hospital was another option to give the drugs one after the other, but I don't really want that.
It is an hour each way to the cancer center, so I wish it could be done in one day. But I would have to go for lab and see the doctor another day anyway, so this won't be much different.
My CAT scan also showed "chronic pulmonary emboli" which has never been mentioned before. So next week I will have further testing to see if I really do have clots in the lung or if it was a false reading. If it is positive, I will need to go on blood thinners.
The nurse practioner told me that it is very common for patients with cancer to have blood clots in their lungs. I knew clotting problems could occur, but did not know clots in the lung were common. I have not had any symptoms, so I am hoping it is a false reading. I think Diane talked about needing treatment for blood clots in the lung.
My chemo anti-nausea meds will include Emend and Decadron because of the cisplatin. The nurse said this combination reduces nausea greatly. I also have Zofran for a back-up if needed. I am waiting for approval for the Emend from the Medicare D Insurance. I know it is an expensive drug from what others have said. I got it IV as pre-chemo drugs before.
So I have a plan in place. Hope the chemo shrinks to lymph nodes one more time. In peace and caring.