I was supposed to have my fifth round of chemo yesterday. (You’ll notice the past tense). Did the usual bloodwork, answered the usual 101 questions by the nurse and saw Dr. D before I was scheduled to go to infusion. Well, after my examination, we chatted. Seeing how I’ve been having so much trouble with my hands and feet, he decided to give me a break from the chemo.
That, in and of itself would have alarmed me, because why mess with what’s working? I would have tolerated the foot and hand problems. (With some complaining, of course). However, Dr. D also said that my tumor markers are continuing to drop.
As I mentioned before, I was originally at 218 when I started this treatment. Dropped to 92 a few weeks ago and am now at 57. The doctor says that with Ixempra, the numbers should continue to drop … even after the chemo is discontinued. PLUS … I won’t have to go see Dr. D until the end of February. That’s nearly six weeks without a doctor’s visit! Nearly six weeks without having to see the oncology nurses! Nearly six weeks without bloodwork!
Right now, I am one happy camper and am popping some cyber champagne. We’ll see if my extremities go back to normal without the continued chemo. We’ll see how long it takes my hair to come back and we’ll see if my numbers continue to drop. Lots to look forward to.
And Remember …“YOU ARE A CANCER WINNER”