I met with my oncologist yesterday and the PET scan confirmed that my cancer had progressed. It was no surprise given the pain that I have been feeling. The root cause of the pain and shortness of breath is the cancer. We are most worried about the liver because that is the most life threatening. My liver cannot be operated on because the disease is very diffuse, and it is scattered in a lot of areas, so it is not a concentrated tumor that they can just remove. Too bad because the liver can regenerate itself. The amazing human body! Sometimes I feel my liver throbbing, and I believe that is due to the cancer. So, we switched chemo treatments to Gemzar and Carboplatin, which overall is supposed to be pretty harsh. I guessed my new treatment correctly because as I said before it is not too hard to predict what comes next since the list of possible chemo gets smaller. Process of elimination.
Yesterday I got my new treatment and so far I feel okay -mostly tired. The pain from before has been better today, so I just hope this new chemo regimen works. I am willing to put up with the side effects (nausea, possible hearing loss, loss of appetite, fatigue, lowered platelet counts, hair thinning amongst other things) if it works. So I will imagine my nodes and tumors shrinking and keep on resting, and enjoying life as it is.
Thank you to everyone who has called, emailed, come over, and wished us well through all of this! We love you.