Thursday, September 05, 2013
I have a special distribution list on my email that I send out periodic cancer updates to my family and some special friends. Here is a copy of what I sent to them earlier this evening. It covers all the basics of what happened today without going into the emotional part very much.
Well, the good news is I got my first chemo today and I feel fine! Actually, they gave me a lot of antinausea drugs and well as some drugs to ward off allergic reactions. I have more antinauseas drugs to take over the next three days whether I feel nauseated or not. They say it's easier to prevent that to hold back if it starts.
Jim and I learned this morning that I didn't get into the arm of the clinical trial that is taking the experimental drug. I could have been in the clinical trial without the drug, but Jim and I had talked extensively about that possibility. We both felt that the con's far outwayed the pros of staying in the trial since it would have involved more trips to Nashville and a couple biopsies. If we had lived in Nashville, we might have felt differently about staying in the trail just to help others, but we decided against that. We immediately told them we were dropping out of the trial and they were very nice and understanding. I have a feeling that happens a lot with people who aren't getting the drug.
Since I dropped out of the trial, I had a choice of which chemo to do first. The two oncologists involved in helping me make the decision were completely neutral and told me they were willing to give the chemos in the order I prefered. After weighing the pros and cons, I decided to stick with getting Taxol first. I get it weekly for 12 weeks. After I finish the Taxol, the plan is to go over to something called AC for four rounds. That drug, I would only get every two or three weeks depending on dosage. It's a stronger drug in terms of reactions, but they both have a lot of drugs to conteract adverse reactions.
I'm feeling very relieved and, of course, very happy that I feel so good at this point. The side effects are cumulative, so I may be signing a very different tune further on down the road. In the meantime......
Life is good!