Apr 21, 2013 - 6:02 pm
Just returned from Texas where the latest PET SCAN showed the chemo did not work. My husband was on Xeloda, Oxaliplatin & Herceptin. One supraventricular lymph node increased and a new spot was found on the right pelvic bone. The doctor now ordered Docetaxel, Irinotecan and Herceptin.
I wish I knew how they decide to switch up/change chemo and how they measure success. It's kind of the glass is half empty/half full situation. Half empty would say it failed in that a new spot and an enlarged lymph node appeared. Half full would say there could have been many spots in many places but the chemo had kept it at bay. Three PET scans and each time it's always one thing. One lymph node, one vertebra and now one spot on the pelvic bone.
I wish I could understand the course of this disease. It has been 4 1/2 months now. He is working everday. He is not in pain. He has lost weight but the doctor thinks it wasn't the cancer but the restricted diet I put him on. While everything was healthy, the calories were lacking. So I need to find other ways to nourish him without resorting to red meat, potatoes and sugar.
P.S. Noticed several people have been mentioning juicing. I read that the benefits of the fruits and vegetables are maximized by the chewing process from the enzymes in saliva. Anyone else aware of this?