Feb 20, 2013 - 9:00 am
Hi most wonderful people
Some of you will surely remember my few posts at the time of panic. To those I am most grateful. Here is the rest of my story:
I Had my laparoscopic surgery on the 23rd of December 2012 (tumor resected and I was batched right on site). Staged IIA. Later when seeing the onc, I was given two options: wait and see OR Xeloda. If Xeloda is the choice then the treatment should start in 4-8 weeks. Statistics says it is best during this time window.
Having earlier sent my medical records to Mayo, I grabbed my travel suitcase and back-bag, and flew to Rochester MN for my appointment on the 23rd of January 2013. There I had blood works, and all scans (no PET) to make sure things are what I am told were. On the 24th I met the oncologist and reviewed the results. They were clean. In terms of treatment, he said it is much better if I do what they call the “Standard Treatment”: leucovorin, 5-FU, and oxaliplat (12 cycles over 6 months). He said this option is, statistically, much better than the "wait and see."
On returning home, I reviewed those suggestions with my onc and he said the choice is mine. And he concurs with the merits of taking the treatment option. Up to that moment, all tests and blood work are clean; I am better health-wise, and BM getting back to normal.
Weighing all things, I chose the treatment and started last week (February 11). Xeloda makes it easier than infusion. Only oxaliplat takes me back to the hospital for 3-4hours/a month for infusion.
Xeloda: sides effects after 9 days of treatment: constipation and so far only painless spots of peeling skin of both hands. Any suggestions on peeling skin?
Thank you all