Jul 25, 2013 - 10:00 pm
My CA 125 went from 672 to 718. So that was a smaller increase in 7 weeks. I also had a CAT scan which showed an incease in lymph nodes in the chest area and abdominal area, but the doctor was pleased the largest one was around 1 inch. He said the slow increase in the CA 125 was indicative of the increase in the size of the lymph nodes. The CAT scan was compared to one done last October. The lymph nodes are a little bigger than when I started chemp last time, but then my marker was 3200.
I was afraid I was going to have to start chemo again, but he says it is not time yet. If I have symptoms, or there is a large increase in the CA 125 it would time to start chemo. So I will go back for repeat lab in 2 months. I have been off chemo for 14 months.
I have had some sad news with the death of my twin brother last Saturday. He had melanoma and he was waiting to start a clinical tial, but the melanoma went to his brain. He was home with hospice. I was able to be with him when he died. It has been stressful. emotionally and physically draining to take care of him. I am just thankful he did not suffer or linger.
Some other news is Mary Ann's husband is now posting on the Kidney Cancer board. He will have surgery at Moffitt in Tampa in September. Please keep him in your prayers.
We are going to make our final deposit for our Australia/New Zealand trip in October. Of course will take out the travel insurance.
I hope each of you are enjoying each day. In peace and caring.