Monday, October 19, 2009

Blood Work/CT Scan Results

Today I had my blood work and visit with the oncologist. Blood work looks good but the CT scan results ... not so good. My lungs and bones are stable but my liver is not. The liver is showing new lesions with growth of the existing tumours. One of the smaller tumours grew almost a centimetre ... which is substantial. So the oncologist recommends we change chemotherapy as Taxotere and the possible study drug I was on are no longer effective.

Our next step is to choose between Xeloda and another study drug. I have been given a bunch of reading material from which I will be making my decision. Then we will start the new chemo next week. The reason we start the new treatment next week and not this week is to allow more time for my body to get rid of any toxins associated with the old chemo.

Good news is ... I’m done with the steroids. I don’t need to take them with the new chemo. Yippee!

20 comments:

Roxanne said...

Oh Daria, I'm so sorry there was growth in the liver. I hate this disease!! I will continue to pray for you as you read and become educated on the types of drugs. I'm so glad you can finally get off those steroids. I bet you even start sleeping better:) Hugs and prayers, my friend

Mrs. Grant said...

Daira sorry to hear things didn't work out with the chemo you were on...but the good news is they found that out early enough on! We will continue to send up our prayers!

Michelle said...

Bugger.

I am tempted to say something about change being as good as a holiday but then I would have to slap myself.

Oh Daria, it all just sucks doesn't it. Hope the new chemo is less awful for you

xxxx

nollyposh said...

(((Hugs)))

Barry said...

Sorry to hear your liver is showing new lesions with growth of the existing tumours. But glad it's been noticed and they are making changes to the chemo.

Thinking of you my friend.

Anonymous said...

Daria,

I'm sorry to hear about the lesions. I'll be praying for wisdom on the drugs and that they will be effective and get that cancer outta here.

Kerry Osborne

Jane said...

So Sorry to hear of your mixed results Daria - prayers and fingers crossed for your new chemo. And good news about the steroids - they sure can intefer with your sleeping dont I know !!
Enjoy your extra 'week off' - stay positive and keep fighting !!

Jane
xxxx

whidbeywoman said...

Daria, I am praying for direction for you and your doctor. May you choose the best course of treatment for your particular situation.God bless you and fill you with His peace.

Ellen D. said...

Sorry to hear about your CT results. I'm on Xeloda and have been since March. It was slow to kick in and I was ready to change but my doc asked to go one more cycle. Well, it did finally kick in and it's done a great job (my last PET showed that one tumor is "no longer of pathological interest"). When I started Xeloda. I also had a round of rads. I'll be honest: it was no walk in the park. However, the Xeloda alone is quite tolerable. As with all things in this crazy chemo world of ours, your mileage may vary. My prayers and best wishes to you.

Alli said...

Daria you are always in my thoughts and prayers....
Alli xx

Isaura said...

My prayers and best wishes go out to you Daria

shelli said...

I'm so sorry Daria. Hang in there. My thoughts are with you.

Alison D said...

Daria, I am so sorry about the lesions. Changing chemo is difficult but it can bring results. I had to change earlier this year and it's taken 10 months but the second lot is working. Glad to hear you're off the steroids; they are very damaging psychologically I found. Being on chemo for a long time may mean you can't have it so regularly as your blood count may go down but it does pick up. I will be thinking about you and hoping the new chemo brings results. All of us are rooting for you.

Debby said...

Oh, Daria. This cancer stuff is such a roller coaster ride. I'm sorry and I will pray for you.

Renee said...

I love you Daria.

What is the other drug besides Xeloda.

What about tykerb could that work for you.

Love Renee xoxo

Daria said...

Renee, the study drug is just a numbered drug with no name given.

I'll ask the oncologist about tykerb. That wasn't one of the options she offered me at this time.

She did say we still have lots of options ... that is always good to hear.

Jill said...

Daria, I am so sorry to hear this. Cancer, it sucks. I know you will deal with this as the strong person you are.(((Hugs)))

~ J ~ said...

Im so sorry!

Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer said...

Hate cancer, hate it! I am so sorry about those liver mets growing. It must be terrifying even though you braced yourself for this bad news. I am hoping that the new chemo shuts them down.

Luckey One said...

Daria- I'm sorry to hear about the scan news. But now you and your supporters will pray for healing and good results on the next regimen. ((Hugs))
Peggy