Mar 14, 2013 - 12:19 am
While getting my chemotherapy treatment today (Week 3 of my 2nd cycle of Taxol), my oncologist told me that the blood work done at last week's treament showed another decrease in my CA125 numbers. At the start of this current Taxol treatment, the numbers had been a little over 11,000, but after the first cycle was completed they dropped down to 6,200. I was very excited over this drop, even though my oncologist cautiously warned me that sometimes a drop that large can be a fluke in the test, and it would be best to wait for the next round of blood work to see if this trend continues. Well today I learned that the numbers went down again to just over 4,000!! Oh, I know they are still high, but this gal's numbers were always very high. At one point they topped 14,000, and despite various chemotherapies we just couldn't seem to hit on the right magic mix. I'm hoping that (finally) the Taxol is kicking this cancer of mine and we have found that magic mix.
I've had very few side effects from it. No nausea, but I did develop a rash on both legs which itched like crazy. However, I was put on a course of steroids and Benadryl and the rash is now just an annoying little patch on one thigh. Hey! If the Taxol is working then I can deal with a little rash. Also my hair fell out again, but that gave me a good excuse to go wig shopping!
Since joining this forum last year I've gained so much information and encouragement from reading your various posts, and just wanted to share my good news with you all.