But for now the important thing to watch, and hope for improvement, is in my liver. But the comparison between the three scans this year, which were all different types of scans, was not the most accurate. You see, the last scan was a Pet Scan, and before that in February when we thought I might have a kidney stone I had a CT Scan without contrast. So this latest CT Scan with contrast was not the exact same thing, it wasn't like comparing apples to apples. Options were discussed after learning that it often takes 3-4 cycles to get the full effect from a specific chemo drug. Option 1 was to stay the course for at least two more Chemo cycles; Option 2 to drop the gemzar and add a different drug to this cocktail (new drug causes hand and feet neuropathy, hair loss, and is taken weekly); Move over to an hormone therapy which is usually slower to get results. He suggested we stick with this plan for 2 more cycles, and I agreed. He also said he will continue to check with Dr. Melisko for any new immunotherapies for breast cancer.
|Chemo 5 - Check!|
There was no real improvement in the breast. I did ask about the skin formation over the fatty necrosis and the cancer tumor in the breast. It is just so ugly to me; it is dark from radiation 5 years back, but darker now with this growth, it is bubbly and wart like, with the biggest one like the big marble you shoot with, and there is a bit of skin break down here and there. So I asked Dr. Anderson if he had ever seen anything like this before? He looked perplexed, and I said, "Like this growth on my breast, I call it warts". Sarah and I were shocked to learn that he saw a young women of 46 who had lost her insurance and had neglected her cancer for some time. She was finally back for treatment and the growth had covered her entire breast, poor thing. And he went on to say of another woman who had let it cross over to both breasts, and filling the chest area in between the breasts. I have been documenting my changes since the Fall when this was not cancer, and just fatty necrosis, or so we thought, which I won't share here (I know you are thanking me right now), but I have. We do need to wait until after treatment, maybe the breast mass will shrink down to give the surgeon more skin to work with, and then we can fit a mastectomy in before the next "whatever" begins. That is the plan at the moment, anyway.
He will also get me in to see their genetic counselor about genetic testing. When I was first diagnosed January 2011, the Oncotype DX and BRCA testing were not appropriate for me based on my type of cancer. Now the genetic testing can check for over 25 different gene panels for breast cancer.
Our experience, Sarah and me, with my chemo infusion went routinely. Nurse extraordinaire, Jill took great care of me. I've known Jill since she treated me in 2011 along with other staff there. I quickly became Jill's Facebook friend when I found her there, and she has come out to several Sonoma Relay's for Life to support me and our Valley. She is a pretty amazing woman attending fundraising runs and walks all throughout California and Louisiana.
We met a nice gentleman to my right who lived in Sonoma for a time. And a frail young'ish gentleman to my far right who gets two chemo infusions a week, and radiation every day. "There but for the grace of God, go I". Bless his soul.
in your thoughts & prayers.
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