Chemotherapy has not finished after all.
September 12, 2017 6:25am CST
I was originally scheduled for 9 sessions of chemotherapy, broken into 3 sets of 3 days. Last Wednesday I had what I expected to be my last chemotherapy session and yesterday visited the hospital for an X-ray and to discover what the next step would be. When I finally got to see the doctor I was informed that she was very happy with the progress so far, so I genuinely expected to be given a future date for rechecking etcetera. Instead I was told that my next set of 3 chemotherapy treatments would begin in 2 weeks. The fact that I appear to be making some progress was good news, but I certainly did not expect further chemotherapy at this stage. It almost feels as though the clock has been turned back to the beginning.
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• Marion, Kansas
I am sure that is disappointing. Hang in there. I know, that is easy for me to say. Perhaps it is because you are showing progress that you are going to have more treatment. Either that or the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing and someone was mixed up.
• Lakewood, Colorado
I wish you had been done with it @Asylum, but this is good that they are continuing the treatments to hopefully banish this cancer the best they can my friend.Thorough is good. Keep your chin up. Hope you are doing well today my friend. Thanks for the update as always.
• United States
I can understand your disappointment. But hopefully the doctor knows what's best and you'll get through this. Think how wonderful it will be when you are finally finished. I'll keep you in my prayers...God is merciful.
• Anniston, Alabama
I am so sorry. They did this with Tony as well, when he thought he was finished and everything was gone they added more. 25 radiation treatments turned into 33, and 4 very strong bi weekly chemos turned into 6. Then scans and next surgery to get rid of the liver tumor, that made his a stage 4 lung cancer. Then 8 weeks after surgery he is getting ocdivo and yesterday, while Irma was hitting Alabama he was hooked up getting 5 of 6 treatments. BUT the last scan showed no active cancer and he will have another in October. After the one scan the computer was down so it was 3 more weeks before he seen the doctor and Tony had me to ask the questions, one was " is the cancer still eating him up?" and that is when he finally found out he was in remission and the ocdivo will be the watch dog in his body and kill off cancer cells from making. BUT the ocdivo makes him so tired for the first week. All of Tony`s treatments began in January but he did have a couple months here and there to recover and go at it again. Just hang in there, make sure to keep up your weight, eat whatever you can stand or not, just eat. Make sure you ask questions about things you want to know, write them down at home and take them with you. I know how hard this is but you can do it.
• Anniston, Alabama
@Asylum I do understand hat is why I say, talk and talk with the doctor, ask all those "what if`s" Radiation is nothing compared to chemo, 99.99% you will not even feel it, maybe have a red spot on the skin where it goes in and that`s about it.
• Portland, Connecticut
Great news that she was happy with your progress and I imagine she wants to keep it going to get further progress. I am sure it was disappointing to have more but if the end result is good, it will all be worth it. I know you are not a hugger but II am virtually hugging you anyway!! This too shall pass.
• United States
@Asylum I'm sorry to hear that but glad that it seems to be working. When my dad was going through it they only told him the first set initially because they wanted to see if it was having an affect. He too was disappointed when he was told they were continuing it. The key is that they have seen progress which is positive and indicates you have a greater hope of success! I'm praying for you.