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Completed Sixth Chemo treatment... Completed Sixth Chemo treatment...

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Unread 05-18-2003, 12:43 PM
Completed Sixth Chemo treatment...

And nothing exciting to report... yay... Everything went okay, have the same aches and pains as usually, but nothing too terrible.

Next week, I go get a CT scan, and see the Dr the following week, to see what my next treatments will be. He said, they will probably change my chemo drugs to something else. We will see after the CT scan, I guess.

I also need to get a shot for my white blood cell count next week, never had to get that before, but they told me to come on over and get one cause I need one this time.

Anyway, just checking in. Talk to you ladies soon... I'm off to the beautiful outdoors...
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Unread 05-18-2003, 01:02 PM
Completed Sixth Chemo treatment...

Hi Tammy....

Glad your 6th treatment was basically uneventful and that all went well... Was this also your last???? I had 6 total treatments of taxol and carboplatin.

Well, if it was your last,,, congrats.....and if you need more, may the rest be uneventful also.

Unread 05-18-2003, 01:11 PM
Unfortunately Rosalie,

this isn't my last. But that's okay, cause I know that these treatments are working, or at least they were. My tumor is steadily shrinking, although slowly. But who cares, as long as it is shrinking and going away.

We will find out what my next drugs will be in my chemo, right now, I'm too on carbo/taxol, but since it doesn't seem to be working anymore, my Dr wants to change it and keep looking. Hopefully, we will find some drugs that will knock these cancers cells out for good!!
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Unread 05-18-2003, 01:20 PM
Completed Sixth Chemo treatment...

s Tammy

I so admire your matter of fact attitude. It is all about just doing what we have to do!!! And you are one courageous friend!
Hopefully your CAT scan will be much improved. May the new chemo drugs be kind to you as well.

s karenann
Unread 05-18-2003, 03:51 PM
Completed Sixth Chemo treatment...

Hi, Tammy!

I have my third treatment tomorrow. I feel perfectly healthy and normal and fine and active, so it will be hard to have to feel poorly again. Sigh. But if the pain means the medicine is killing any microscopic cancer left behind, then I'm all for it, and I'm ready to go. :-)

Let us know what drugs the doctors put you on. How long do they think they will have to continue treatment? I'm so sorry that you're having to go through so much, but your posts are always an inspiration to me, and I know you're getting through this with an incredibly positive attitude.

At what white count does a doctor give you a white count booster? What numbers do you have to hit? Just curious. My counts seemed low last time (2.7), but my neutrophils were high enough that the "combined number" (1620 -- and I have no idea what that means) was fine, meaning I didn't have to have a shot. If my counts go super low on one chemo, will they be even lower next time? Or could they recover more effectively?

Are you taking any alternative supplements of any kind?

Guess I'm curious today. :-) Feel better! I'll be just a few days behind you with all those aches and pains! ;-)
Unread 05-18-2003, 05:19 PM
Hoping for a good CT

Here's hoping that the CT scan shows significant tumor shrinkage. There are lots of chemos out there. Have they done an analysis of what was removed to see what would work the best for you?
Unread 05-18-2003, 06:43 PM
Completed Sixth Chemo treatment...

I hope your CT shows that tumor is shrinking and that the next chemo drug will get any remaining cancer cells. Hang in there.

Ruth S
Unread 05-18-2003, 09:00 PM
Completed Sixth Chemo treatment...

Sirensong, don't worry about being curious, I'm always curious...

I'm not sure what my white count was, all I know is the nurse came in and said you need a shot next week, I said what for, she said your white count is low. I said okay. That's not a very good way of keeping track of my medical things, is it...

I do get every two out of three weeks get the red blood count shot. That's fun...

I'm not currently taking any supplements of any kind right now, but I've been following your posts about them, and have been interested in them for awhile now, just got to go and get them..


I'm not sure if they did an analysis on what was removed, I'm guessing not. My Dr just told me that there were alot out there, and if we needed to, we could try them all. I told him, I hope not, I want this out of me sooner than that...

Anyway, I guess that's enough rambling....

's and ers to everyone...
Unread 05-18-2003, 11:59 PM
Completed Sixth Chemo treatment...


Glad to hear your 6 th treatment went OK. I hope your scan results are good and the Dr finds just the right chemo to blast away the cancer for good with as few as possible treatments
Unread 05-19-2003, 09:09 PM
Completed Sixth Chemo treatment...


To Magaret321's point, I think they can test tumor tissue against a variety of chemo drugs to see what will work and what won't. Some hospitals don't do this because of the cost. I know three of the labs that do this are located in California; their addresses are listed in "Coping With Chemotherapy." They need fresh tumor tissue to test, though -- not slides or frozen sections. So unless they're going back in for a second look, this might not be possible.

I really enjoy watching my counts. They help me know what I need to do, e.g., my potassium is low (thus causing me to be lethargic), so I need to either take potassium pills or drink a lot of Gatorade or Smart Water (which isn't flavored, but contains electrolyes and potassium). I'm an information geek, though. I ask so many questions all the time that I think people just think I'm funny. :-)

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