Mar 02, 2012 - 7:48 am
I had interesting conversation with my doctor this week. I was very nervous dealing with second recurrence in lymph system. Biopsied tissue sent to Caris and this report was used to come up with new plan - hormone therapy with letrozole (Femara), an aromatase inhibitor.
It is interesting that Chester, the UPSC beast, has morphed in the last 3 years from hormone insensitive to hormone sensitive. So doc wants to go this route in effort to give MOST treatment with least side effects. It would not have been an option without this Caris report. I asked doc what he thought about the report and he said, "it's the best tool we have now". I urge all of you to discuss having this done whenever you have a biopsy!!
No radiation because disease dispersed in lymph, not concentrated. And no chemo now. Hopefully this new regime will do the trick to knock it back or keep stable.
I'm happy that the monitoring will be close. Monthly bloodwork and quarterly PET/CTs.
The only thing I am not happy with is the potential side effects. Weight gain and swelling plus hotflashes and others much like chemo. I have started counting calories, will continue my 3 mile walks, and will return to the plant-based diet to give as much ammunition to fight this monster.
Today is day 1 of new treatment.
Marching on with you all, Mary Ann