|April 24, 2012|
got my scan on Jan 30 and it was not so good. There was no more
shrinkage and one tumor had grown a bit. At this point my doctor
seems to run out of options, became very pessimistic and sent me a new
doctor. The new doctor is much more upbeat and positive. He
had me get another scan on March 18. the results were pretty much
the same as the last one some minor progression in some tumors.
He stopped the cetuximab and the 5-FU. He started me on
Taxotere which is a drug I had in my previous treatment when it was
just in my throat. It is a reduced dosage and I am getting
weekly, except for last week, mouth ulcers were getting pretty intense
and I was having trouble eating and swallowing. He reduced the
dosage again a bit.
I get another CT scan in a few weeks to see if
this is working or if it is time to try something else. He has
plenty of treatment options and believes that he can treat me.
There is a window opening up for beating this.
January 22, 2012
Happy New Year!
Getting a PET scan on Jan 30 and the results on Feb 4.
Another treatment bag of 5-FU, will be done tomorrow. Looks like treatment will keep going on for a while.
December 3, 2012
I hope everyone had a Happy
I got the results from my MRI
and PET scan. I had been waiting to send the results until I had visited
with my doctor and to get over the last chemo treatment. The MRI was
clear with the only thing showing was scars from radiation from the last
treatment. The PET scan showed what the reviewing radiologist
called “dramatic response to therapy.” The larger tumors had shrank
by over 60% and there was even one area that had showed several little nodules
that had completely resolved. There were no new signs of cancer
anywhere. There were some areas that couldn’t be seen due to the procedures
they did on my lungs, so it is possible those areas were still problematic but
some of the activity was expected with the scraping and poking that was done.
I spoke with my doctor and he
was slightly less pessimistic than usual so I will take that as a good
sign. The doctor may be giving me the medicine but God is guiding it to
where it needs to go. Prayer is powerful. Thank you all for your
prayers and thank you to God for giving me the strength to get through
this. There is still a long way to go. It has been hard and I have
felt like giving up at times. Those hard days where chemo leaves
you too drained to even get out of bed are rough. Thinking of the love
and support from my family and friends is what gets me through. My love to you
With Love from the Ballard
Kelly, Janie and Lauren
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