A change in chemo and starting radiation again
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Today has been a very long day.
I went in for my chemo appointment, which was at 10:15, and after my blood was drawn for labs, my oncologist came into my room to talk to me. I knew that wasn't a good sign if he had to talk to me before my next scheduled appointment. Anyway, the x-rays I had of my shoulder confirmed bone mets there.
He is taking me off my current chemo, Gemzar, and putting me on Abraxane. I will start that new one in two weeks. Some of the side effects are the same as the Gemzar, but there is a strong possibility I will lose my hair on the Abraxane. That thought is something I'm having a hard time with now. I lost all my hair when I had chemo the first time, way back in 2003, and that was such a hard time for me. I still cry when I tell people about it, about how all of a sudden one day it just started coming out in clumps.
He also said he'd would be sending me to the radiation center. I made my appointment for the next chemo, and went out for lunch with my best friend Rhonda, then she took me for groceries.
I was really not expecting a call from the radiation center today; when I got home, I got into my pjs. Then at 2pm, the radiation center called, wanting to know if I could come in at 2:30, today! They were pretty booked up and if I couldn't get there today, it would delay the time I could start treatment. So, I called Rhonda and asked if she could take me, and she said she was on her way, so I called the center back and told them I was coming.
My radiation oncologist remembered me, he practically met me at the door, lol! I had the scans on CD ( good thing I stopped by the hospital to pick them before we went to lunch) and he took them and started looking at them before I started registration. One of the nurses told me he said I was one of his favorite patients, and when he talked to my doctor, he wanted to see me ASAP. I had my CT scan today, (not one where they are looking for problems, but to guide them in planning the treatment), and also two more tattoos, tiny little dots, one in the middle of my chest and one under my left arm which will help them line up the machine. I will start the radiation in about a week, and will get 10 treatments. The goal of the radiation is to control the pain.
This will be my 6th time going through radiation treatment since 2003.
I didn't get back home til almost 6pm. So glad to be back home, and glad I don't have to go anywhere tomorrow. I just need some time to decompress and process everything.