Jason's 2nd treatment & medical records....

gizzyluv
gizzyluv Member Posts: 143

Hey all, just wanted to give you all an update on Jason. He had his 2nd chemo treatment Wednesday, took the pump back today. He is doing remarkably well, he is just very tired today. So far he hasn't had any nausea, very little sensitivity to cold things (he carries a mug of something with ice all the time) his appetite has been pretty good so far, so we feel very blessed. As a matter of fact, right after his first treatment he was able to eat a lot more than he was able to prior to the treatment. He told the dr. that if he didn't know better he would think the chemo was already shrinking the tumor & the dr's response was "I can tell you this, that stuff can work DAMN FAST!" So....it may be working already, I pray so anyway.  I got a copy of his medical records which gives a diagnoses of "Nonresectable carcinoma of the transverse colon near the hepatic flexure, which extends into the retroperitoneum & into the duodenum." It also mentions the abnormality in the liver, but the dr. said he is confident the chemo will get rid of that right away. It also states that the goal is to shrink the tumor enough to be able to remove it at a later time. The tumor measured 11.9 x 12.7 cm. I'm not that good with measurements, & although I have a measuring tape, I'm afraid to even see how big it is. So, if anyone here has or had the same thing I would love to hear your story. It all still seems like a bad dream. I hope all of you are doing well. ((((HUGS)))) Kris   OH! how could I forget this!.....he has also had the STUPID HICCUPS again like he did for 6 days after his surgery....UGHHH!

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  • Dyanclark
    Dyanclark Member Posts: 296
    Good to hear from you

    So glad you brought us up to date, I was wondering how Jason was doing.   The chemo they do for colon cancer is really not to bad and the meds to control side affects work pretty good.   Those tumors can shrink pretty fast.   Let's hope he will get that nasty tumor removed soon.  We are thinking of you.  Just so glad to hear Jason is doing better.

    Hugs:  George & DyanSurprisedKiss

  • gizzyluv
    gizzyluv Member Posts: 143
    Dyanclark said:

    Good to hear from you

    So glad you brought us up to date, I was wondering how Jason was doing.   The chemo they do for colon cancer is really not to bad and the meds to control side affects work pretty good.   Those tumors can shrink pretty fast.   Let's hope he will get that nasty tumor removed soon.  We are thinking of you.  Just so glad to hear Jason is doing better.

    Hugs:  George & DyanSurprisedKiss

    Thanks....

    Thanks so much.....you are all in my prayers!

  • annalexandria
    annalexandria Member Posts: 2,571
    That all sounds awesome to me!

    The fact that he can eat more easily may very well mean that the tumor is shrinking.  I won't lie...it's a pretty big tumor, but if the chemo works, I don't think size is all that important.  And once it shrinks down a bit,  if surgery is an option, you have a cure in sight.  So things are looking up!  big hugs to you both~AA

  • Chelsea71
    Chelsea71 Member Posts: 1,169
    There seems to be something
    There seems to be something about chemo that causes hiccups. If I remember correctly it's the 5FU (pump). Steve has had them for days. I remember the subject coming up here on the board. Several other people have experienced it, as well. Glad Jason is doing well. I'll bet that tumor is shrinking away at this very moment.
  • AnnLouise
    AnnLouise Member Posts: 276
    Thanks for the update.....

    Been thinking of the two of you and hoping you would have some good news. That fact that Jason is eating  and drinking is huge! It sounds like he is tolerating chemo fairly well. I hope for fast and big shrinkage on Jason's tumor! Sending positive thoughts your way....~ Ann

  • wawaju04976
    wawaju04976 Member Posts: 316
    Chelsea71 said:

    There seems to be something
    There seems to be something about chemo that causes hiccups. If I remember correctly it's the 5FU (pump). Steve has had them for days. I remember the subject coming up here on the board. Several other people have experienced it, as well. Glad Jason is doing well. I'll bet that tumor is shrinking away at this very moment.

    A couple of weeks ago at my

    A couple of weeks ago at my iv treatment, I got the hiccups. The nurse asked if I was allergic to peanuts, to which I am not. She brought me back a heaping teaspoon of peanut butter and told me to eat it (all at once). Believe it or not, my hiccups were gone.

  • Deena11
    Deena11 Member Posts: 199
    Glad to hear this

    So glad he is not feeling bad.  Hope it remains that way.  I had the hiccops often during my months of chemo.  Frustrating!

     

  • Chelsea71
    Chelsea71 Member Posts: 1,169

    A couple of weeks ago at my

    A couple of weeks ago at my iv treatment, I got the hiccups. The nurse asked if I was allergic to peanuts, to which I am not. She brought me back a heaping teaspoon of peanut butter and told me to eat it (all at once). Believe it or not, my hiccups were gone.

    Steve will be happy to know
    Steve will be happy to know this. Loves peanut butter. Will give it a try. Thanks.
  • thxmiker
    thxmiker Member Posts: 1,278
    That is good news.  WTG

    That is good news.  WTG Jason!

     

    It was about Folfox treatment 3 that  I could no longer take the cold. I got Ove-Gloves so that I could get items out of the freezer or oven.  lol  I still have my Ove-Gloves and use them often for the oven. I could not regulate my body temp well on Folfox.  If I got cold, it took me a long time to get warm.  If I got Hot it ttok me a long time to get cool.

     

     I went ot USC Dr. J.H. Lenz because I was told my situation was non operable also.  UCSD Moore's Cancer Institute is another great choice, Dr. A Lowey.  Maybe time to look for Oncologists with different experience on the hard cases.  I am being treated in the Az Mountains under the guidance of Dr. Lenz at USC. My Oncologist has a more positive attitude and is monitoring my treatments and so is USC monitotring my treatments. Dr. Sugerbaker in DC is another great choice.  

     

    Best Always,  mike

  • gizzyluv
    gizzyluv Member Posts: 143

    A couple of weeks ago at my

    A couple of weeks ago at my iv treatment, I got the hiccups. The nurse asked if I was allergic to peanuts, to which I am not. She brought me back a heaping teaspoon of peanut butter and told me to eat it (all at once). Believe it or not, my hiccups were gone.

    Jason will be happy too!

    Jason will be happy to hear this too! I thought we had tried all the little tricks, but this is one I had never heard of, so if the hiccups come back (they are gone for now....) we will definitely try this before he takes any more Thorazine! Thanks so much for the tip!

  • gizzyluv
    gizzyluv Member Posts: 143
    thxmiker said:

    That is good news.  WTG

    That is good news.  WTG Jason!

     

    It was about Folfox treatment 3 that  I could no longer take the cold. I got Ove-Gloves so that I could get items out of the freezer or oven.  lol  I still have my Ove-Gloves and use them often for the oven. I could not regulate my body temp well on Folfox.  If I got cold, it took me a long time to get warm.  If I got Hot it ttok me a long time to get cool.

     

     I went ot USC Dr. J.H. Lenz because I was told my situation was non operable also.  UCSD Moore's Cancer Institute is another great choice, Dr. A Lowey.  Maybe time to look for Oncologists with different experience on the hard cases.  I am being treated in the Az Mountains under the guidance of Dr. Lenz at USC. My Oncologist has a more positive attitude and is monitoring my treatments and so is USC monitotring my treatments. Dr. Sugerbaker in DC is another great choice.  

     

    Best Always,  mike

    DC, huh?

    I have a sister who lives in Northern Virginia & she works in D.C.....so, that may be an option if I see we need to go elsewhere. Thanks for the info! Jason's oncologist & surgeon are hopeful that the chemo will shrink the tumor enough to where it can be removed at a later date, but that may or may not happen. If it doesn't happen, I will definitely not give up & he WILL go wherever he needs to go to have something else done....

  • gizzyluv
    gizzyluv Member Posts: 143

    That all sounds awesome to me!

    The fact that he can eat more easily may very well mean that the tumor is shrinking.  I won't lie...it's a pretty big tumor, but if the chemo works, I don't think size is all that important.  And once it shrinks down a bit,  if surgery is an option, you have a cure in sight.  So things are looking up!  big hugs to you both~AA

    I always feel better.....

    I always feel better after logging on here! Thank you AA for your encouragement, & to everyone else too! You all make it so much easier to deal with all this, & for that I can't thank you enough. ((((HUGS))) Kris

  • Fadedblue
    Fadedblue Member Posts: 5
    Same problem

    If you could read my post I just put up, it may shed some light, although I think my situation my be abnormal.

    I also had a large tumor that had to be shrunk before I had surgery.

     

    I have had so many things go wrong, but as of now I am cancer free.

     

    So hang in there,it will get better.

     

  • amyedwards
    amyedwards Member Posts: 10
    Hiccups

    Glad to hear Jason is chugging right along. Tell Doc to give you something for hiccups. There is no need for him to put up with those. They can be fixed in a snap. Hubby Bill had a horrible time with them during first round two years ago before they could perform surgery. WHEW! He hated them.

    Sensitivity to cold started up after round 3... gloves, plastic utensils, hot teas, all helped. Stay strong and eat, eat, drink, drink... I mean REALLLLLLY drink a lot after he gets unhooked from the pump. You really have to flush those kidneys super well after you finish each treatment. Also, don't forget to get a good broad brimmed hat...as the sun comes out more you will really be more sensitive to the sun. Don't forget to have fun where and when you can. <3<3

    aj

     

  • tachilders
    tachilders Member Posts: 313
    So glad to hear that Jason is

    So glad to hear that Jason is doing better and is tolerating chemo ok so far.  You both have our prayers and best wishes.

    tedd

  • tachilders
    tachilders Member Posts: 313
    So glad to hear that Jason is

    So glad to hear that Jason is doing better and is tolerating chemo ok so far.  You both have our prayers and best wishes.

    tedd

  • k44454445
    k44454445 Member Posts: 494
    glad

    to hear Jason is tolerating the txs! yes, sometimes the chemo works fast!

    hugs

    judy

  • gizzyluv
    gizzyluv Member Posts: 143
    Thank you all.....

    For the well wishes! Please continue to keep Jason in your prayers & please pray the he doesn't get the bad side effects, like the cold sensitivity, although I'm so afraid he will....Frown

  • bailee2012
    bailee2012 Member Posts: 60
    gizzyluv said:

    Thank you all.....

    For the well wishes! Please continue to keep Jason in your prayers & please pray the he doesn't get the bad side effects, like the cold sensitivity, although I'm so afraid he will....Frown

    Not so bad

    My husband got the cold sensitivity after several treatments and it wasnt as bad as we thought it would be.  It would get bad on treatment day and he has to be careful for few days afterwards with cold stuff.  He loves ice cream and was happy to find out that he could stilly have it Inbetween treatments when the cold sensitivity subsides.  Some people have it a lot worse than he has but don't worry bout it so much.  Maybe you will be lucky and only have minimal effects from it.  His fingers and feet are a Lil but numb also but not too bad.

  • Coloncancerblows
    Coloncancerblows Member Posts: 296
    I'm so jealous he doesn't

    I'm so jealous he doesn't have the cold sensitivity.  I can't drink anything unless it's room temperature.  I touched a bottle of catsup yesterday that had been out of the fridge and almost dropped it because of the sensitivity in my fingers.  Tell Jason to drink a coke iccee for me!  Kiss