Wednesday, May 29, 2013
My last round of Chemo in Darwin now completed.
Hi All, As per my last blog I said I would update you on my tests taken on Monday. Firstly the blood tests came back OK so I was able to have chemo on Wednesday. I spoke with Dr K at Monday's meeting which was my last meeting with him as my next Chemo will be on the Sunshine Coast. I found it a bit hard to say goodbye as he has been looking after me since day one and realy understood where I was coming from and tried to help in any way he could. Back to the tests. The CT scan was not so good. Although we did not have the Doctors report Dr K could see on his screen thet the tumor sizes in both my lungs and liver had increased, to what extent we are not sure until we recieve the report. Knowing this Dr K decided we change protocol to a drug called FOLFIRI. I had this same protocol approx 12 months ago and it worked reasonably well back then but we stopped when I had the SIRTSPHERE trail drug. We are hoping the change of drug will have some effect to at least reduce the tumors slightly or even to stop further growth, but time wil tell and will take a number of treatments before we will know this. Some good news. My CEA blood results showed a drop from 19000 down to 13900. In the big scheme of things it is not a big drop but better than seeing them rising as I have been doing over the past 6 months. So one more blood test the day before I fly out and give the results to the Doctor at the Nambour Hospital where I will be having my next treatment. So a new chapter in my ongoing presuit of try to keep the cancer under control and stay alive for as long as possible. It is hard work both emotionally and fisicaly, but will continue and hopefully see some good results with the current changes. Thanks to everyone with thier well wishes and I will update once on the Sunshine Coast.