Feb 27, 2013 - 7:13 pm
When I got home from my onc appointment I asked my mom if she wanted the good news, bad news or sh*t news.
The good news is the original tumor is almost the same size as the last Petscan showed in June. The SUV (standardized uptake value) is lower. That indicates the rate at which the tumor is growing.
The bad news is there is a second tumor a little higher than the first. This tumor although tiny could cause problems with my organs, ie kidney blockage. She said it is important to keep my kidneys well since I will need chemo again.
And on that subject she wanted to start the chemo in the next month or two. I asked about other things to try and she said there isn't anything. The estrogen blockers have stopped working. I told her I was sure she told that if the estrogen blockers didn't work, there was something else before chemo, something like chemo. She looked like she didn't know what I was talking about. She said I had time to think about chemo but I told her I would let her tell me when it is necessary. She looked at me and said, you'll lose your hair. I said I know and I just got a new hairdo and color. She said I noticed. Then I said I don't care I look cute bald, too! I said I will do what I have to do to stay here longer. She said, oh you will.
Then she said she was tempted to try one more thing. I said let's go for it. So she is having me take Exemestane (Aromasin) for a month and if it doesn't work I will have to start chemo. She said I will have taxol and carbo probably for six months in three-week intervals. I tolereated those drugs pretty well last time. It was the cisplatin that nearly killed me.
So ladies that is where I am at right now. I feel okay about it. I am trying to remain positive.