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Unread 06-18-2003, 05:12 PM
Back from my Dr.

He said that my tumor has not shrank or grown this time, so that was good. I told him that I was now in constant pain, so I didn't think that the new chemo was working, he told me that sometimes it takes more than one dose so we were going to continue with it and see.

He did prescribe new pain meds. Its a patch called Duragesic, so I will be getting meds 24/7 now. I'll let you know how it works, it supposed to be completely working in 18 hours.

So, next Wed, I will continue with my Cytoxan/Adriamycin and see what happens.

I guess I will have to ask the nurse, if I should take the patch off after chemo, cause when the chemo works, I have no pain. And I rather not use the patch if I don't need to.

Anyway, that is the update...

's and ers to everyone...
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Unread 06-18-2003, 05:19 PM
Give It Time...

A/C is powerful and hopefully will shortly drive any remaining cancer cells right out. The pain could also mean that tumors are breaking up and being destroyed. Good wishes to you--we'll beat this nasty beast yet.
Unread 06-18-2003, 05:52 PM
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Dear Tammy,

I'm with Ellen. Maybe that pain is the tumor just groaning and creaking and breaking up and dying a painful death!

I'm glad to hear that the doctor agrees that it might take a few more treatments to see results, and I'm also glad to hear that the tumor has not grown. Both of those things are positives!

Let us know how the pain patch works. But I don't know about taking the patch off because if you still feel pain, you will then have anxiety that the chemo isn't working. Maybe you should just use the patch, and then let the doctor do his exam to see what progress has been made. Maybe that would take away some of the day-to-day stress, which I'm sure you just don't need. Just a thought! Do what you feel comfortable with. I just don't want you to worry. :-)

I'm always thinking of you, Tammy. Did you ever get the pics I sent to your e-mail address?

Here's some fun for you -- an excerpt from my phone conversation with the oncology nurse earlier today. "Can I go to a Tai-Chi class today?" "No." "Well, can I go to a meditation class tomorrow?" "No." "Well, can I do anything?" "I don't know. You need to ask the doctor."

I'm so enjoying being trapped in my house.

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Unread 06-18-2003, 06:37 PM
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s Tammy

So the cytoxan and adriamycin has stopped the growth. Hopefully now it will begin to attack what is there.
Don't be in a hurry to take your duragesic patch off right after the next treatment. Give these drugs some time. And keep yourself painfree during the process.
My fingers are crossed for you sweet Tammy, along with my prayers.

Unread 06-18-2003, 06:39 PM
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I am glad tio hear that the tumor hasn't grown and hope the paqin will soon be uner control. I have read very good things about Adriamycin
Unread 06-18-2003, 07:29 PM
I agree with everyone

No growth = GOOD
Stay on pain meds ~~ If you still have some break thru pain keep it going, if not ask doc

Unread 06-19-2003, 06:58 AM

Tammy, so glad to hear your news. I agree, stay on the pain patch. You don't need to be constantly worried.

Siren: so sad to hear you are a prisoner in your house. I am thinking about you!

Prayers and hugs to everyone!
Unread 06-19-2003, 09:56 AM
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Just want to add my thoughts, and good wishes to everyone else's. Tammy, you're in my prayers and will certainly be in my prayers on Wednesday. Let 'em have it!! TAKE THAT! AND THAT!!

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