Jun 14, 2012 - 11:18 pm
Had a CAT scan last week which showed significant reduction in all of the enlarged lymph nodes. It did not address the blood clots in the lungs though. The doctor said it takes a special test to show the blood clots. It was just an accident that the caught the blood clot on the other CAT scan. My marker went from 81.2 to 60.9. So Ido not need another treatment. I was so happy to hear that.
I am going to go on some hormone therapy and see if it will increase the time before i need to go on chemo again. The doctor said tamoxifen would probably not be a good choice because it increases chance of clots, and since I already have clotting problems. He said since I was already on blood thinner, it might be okay. I have already tried Arimidex. The doctor thought it might work now because the cancer is under control and before the cancer was growing more rapidly. Or I might go on Femara. Mary Ann has had good success with this.
My doctor is here is discussing the options with my Florida doctor. I will find out tomorrow what hormone I will be taking. I am just hoping for 6 months before I have to go on chemo again, so I can go back on the same chemo. My doctor keeps talking about what an unusual person I am with my treatments....... No significant symptoms, labs look really good.
I still have had to take something for nausea almost every day. Most days the compazine works, bot some times I needed the Zofran or Ativan. I did not find the Sancuso patch very helpful, but I don't know how nauseated I would have had without the patch.
I still need to continue the daily blood thinner shots, since they feel the cancer causes the clotting problem and the cancer is not gone. I am still fearful of a stroke.
My follow- up will be monthly lab including the CA 125 since it has been a good marker for me. I am sure the marker will rise on my next test, because it has every other time. I am just so glad to have a chemo break. I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers from everyone. In peace and caring.