Posted by: healingseeker | March 4, 2010

My oncologist checked tumors and found that chemo is successfully shrinking them

4 March 2010

Today, a week after my second chemo treatment, I got my blood levels checked. My blood pressure was near normal. My blood levels are low; however, that is expected. Therefore, my oncologist is having me take 7 days worth of the ten-day supply of Cipro 500 mg. (Generic for: Ciprofloxacin 500 mg). That helps elevate the blood levels and keeps you from developing fever.

My oncologist also checked the size of the tumors. He said that it is shrinking nicely. He also felt like the inflammation in that one lymph node that may or may not be cancer is also shrinking. Also, the redness is going away. So everything is working as it should with the chemo treatments so far. Hooray for that! Randy is thrilled!

He also said that since I will be having a hysterectomy with both ovaries removed around the same time I get the Mastectomy, that means I will be post menopausal. The 5-year chemo tablet that I will be taking after I get done with all my treatments varies based on whether or not you are menopausal or post-menopausal. Since the hysterectomy will make me be post-menopausal, I will not have to take Tamoxepen. Instead, I will take the post-menopausal 5-year chemo tablet that has a better track record in keeping cancer from recurring. I believe it is called Femara. So that is another piece of good news.

By the way, I have about 30 clingers of hair left; otherwise, I am mostly bald. I am flirting with the idea of getting my head shaved pretty soon. For one thing, once I get done with the first four Red Devil chemo treatments, I change over to 4 Taxotere chemo treatments. Apparently, my hair will start growing back in. So I certainly don’t want to have some long clingers there along with the new hair growing back.

As for chemo side effects, I have been tasting food fully this week. So that is a perk. My body seems to have built up an immunity to some of the side effects. On the negative side, I have had a few more bouts of feeling nauseous. The pill I was prescribed did not appear to be strong enough to help – Compazinen 10 mg (Generic version: Prochlorper 10 mg). Tums helps some plus drinking Ginger Ale. I checked with my oncologist today. He suggested that I take some of my post chemo medicine called Zofran 4mg (Generic version: Ondansetron 4 mg). He said that Zofran is a stronger anti-nausea medicine. I can take it as needed.

Since I have had frequent feelings of nausea, I can only eat one real meal a day around lunch time. I have lost ten pounds. That’s a perk; however, that is not the goal of treatment. The doctor would prefer that I try to maintain my weight. And for a bit of TMI (too much information), I also suffer from constipation. The solution is to take an over-the-counter stool softener. I will start that tonight.

I did find out that it is NOT a good idea to take vitamins as it can actually diminish the chemo healing power. I therefore strive to make certain that the one real meal I eat has some nourishing food in it.

I also have to take lots of naps. My energy level is lower. All in all, I am pleased with the side effects of chemo this time around.

I go on Monday, March 8, to get another echocardiogram. My oncologist wants to make certain that my heart remains strong enough to take chemo. I’m sure I will get good results.

Randy, my husband, is a great support to me. As for the shrinking tumor, I don’t just credit chemo. I definitely give the bulk of the credit to the power of prayer. I appreciate everybody’s prayers so much!

Many blessings and love to you all,
Healing Seeker aka Debbie


Responses

  1. just wanted to know did you go for surgery yet, and if yes hows things went

    • Wendy,
      I have completed all 8 chemo sessions (Feb. 4 to July 1 2010). My surgery for a Double Mastectomy is scheduled for August 11, 2010. This will be followed by Monday to Friday Radiation probably in September and October. After that, I will simply need to take a 5-year daily low dosage chemo tablet.

      I read your blog. My heart and prayers go out to you about the colon cancer. I am so sorry you are having to deal with that. The Power of Prayer can carry you a long way. I know it has really helped me.

      Best wishes to you,
      Debbie


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