Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true STRENGTH!" ~anonymous
February 7, 2005
During my debulking surgery-90 minute chemo abdomen wash
~ Dr. Paul Sugarbaker in Washington, D.C.
February 12, 2005
Carboplatinum and Gemzar (once a week for three weeks with one week off)
After my lymph nodes begin to grow, a CT scan revealed "shading" in my abdomen a new chemotherapy regime began.
This is an alternating 21 day cycle that begins with #1 cycle. After 21 days from #1 cycle, #2 cycle is given. This repeated process is expected to last approximately 12 months or 17 cycles.
Cycle #1 Ifosfamide(1 gm), Etoposide(100mg), Ativan (2mg), Mesna (200 mg), Kytril (100mcg). I receive this regimen each day for 4 days as an outpatient. I also receive Aranesp and Neulasta.
Cycle #2 Vincristine (2mg), Adriamycin aka"the KoolAid"(10 mg), Cytoxan (100mg), Ativan (2mg), and Aloxi (25 mcg). I receive this regimen in one day. I also receive a Aranesp and Neulasta.
After 3 cycles of my new chemo regimen, my largest lymph node (+3.5cm) has shrunk to half its size (1.5 cm)
CT Scan taken after 4 cycles of chemo, the enlarged lymph nodes in the abdomen have shrunk by at least 30%, the fluid sack on the outside of my lung is completely gone, and the lymph node on my neck is a little less than 1.3cm!
Dirty Harry is the size of a pea! The past two cycles of chemo have been a little more difficult to recover from than in the past. I'm starting to think that maybe Dr. H is right and that I probably need to cut back-just a little- on my physical activities...aka running. We will see!
CT scan showed that Dirty Harry is no longer in my lymph nodes, and everything else looks fantastic! I still have a small 3 cm cyst (filled with fluid) on my bladder but the Drs are confident that will be gone by the next CT in 3 months!
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