Aug 08, 2014 - 7:34 am
I just had my first scan in 3 months and first scan since I did y90 1 month ago. If you remember my last scan was a mixed bag. My liver tumor grew BUT 3 chestwall lesions were gone, 1 lesion shrunk, and 1 was stable. Since then I have done very little chemo. Just a few rounds of Xeloda in preperation for y90. Current scan shows no new lesions which is always a victory. The liver tumor is stable, no growth which is positive, hopefully there will be shrinkage on the next scan since it takes about 3 months to show full results from y90 I was told. The 2 remaining chestwall tumors did grow a little so now is the time to zap them with SBRT. I am back on Irinotecan again but I don't know for how long. My platelets were low (70) last week but they did the infusion anyway (first infusion in 3 months). I was shocked about that. 3 weeks earlier my platelets were fine (179). The only thing I did was 4 rounds of Xeloda in that time which shouldn't cause them to drop that much. I will talk to my onc about this on Monday when I see him.
It's been the toughest 3 months of this long finght I am in. I had the flu during one of my cycles of Xeloda, funny thing is that is the first time I had the flu since way before I was diagnosed. Then I had 36 hours straight of hiccups after I came home from y90 which upset my stomach and it just hasn't 100% right since them. I still get hiccups a couple of times a day. Then the night before I was supposed to pick up our new puppy (My Avatar) I got sick and was throwing up every hour for over twelve hours and she was already on her way here. Somehow my stomach stabilized long enough for me to do the 45 minute drive to the airport to pick her up. Overall I felt bad for about 4 days. I though I might have gotten an ulcer from the y90. My oncologist said it was unlikely since this occured 2 weeks after the fact. But then the first 4 days of this week I was sick to my stomach again without the aid of chemo. Th chromic stomic problems and hiccupps suggest a stocah ulcer so I will talk to my onc about that Monday as well.
Right now I feel about 98%, I rode my motorcycle to work and am mountain biking after work. Gotta get out and have fun when I can. Maybe some barbecue and microbrew this weekend.