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Unread 11-22-2002, 02:57 PM
chemo starts monday

I had an appointment with chemo Dr. todayand he gave me the full results of the pet scan. Besides the spots in my intestines, more cancer was found in the pelvic area of the original sugery. There is spot near, but not on my liver and spots on my pharynx, ( near the throat), where they now suspect the cancer originated. Radiation can't be given, because radiating that much of my body would kill me along with the cancer. The goal has changed from cure to control and they want to give me high dose chemo to shrink the cancer and stop furthur growth. The chemo takes 5 hours to administer and will be given three days in a and with two weeks off between treatments. IAfter the first round of chemo I will have a scan to see if the tumors are shrinking.. If they aren't responding we will discintinue. If they are shrinking I am tolerating it well,will have 5 more doses of chem The Doctor count predict how long the cancer will stay dormant. He said the average is a year, but he has many patients who stay in remission much longer, some who are still in remission after many years. i am calm, still digesting all this. My husband was holding out for a complete cure said it would have been better if I'd been hit by a bus.
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Unread 11-22-2002, 03:05 PM
chemo starts monday

I forgot to say that the drugs I will be given are cisplatin, taxol and ifosfamie
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Unread 11-22-2002, 03:48 PM
chemo starts monday

Hi Debbie,
I am so sorry to hear that there are more bad cells than they originally thought. Thats hard news to get. Hang in there....I had cisplatin as one of my 3 drugs and its a powerful chemo and can work really well. My treatments were 5 days in a row every three weeks, and were around 5 or 6 hours as well. Many others here had taxol with really good results as well.

I am so sad to hear you said it would have been better if you'd been hit by a bus. I know how hard this news has hit both you and your husband and cancer is indeed a terrible diease, but more and more people are coming through chemo really well and having remissions of many many years.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you begin your treatments Debbie. Please know we are all here for you anytime!!

Sending huge hugs to you!! 's!!
Maria
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Unread 11-22-2002, 04:17 PM
Hi Debbie:

That's a good combination of drugs you are having. Always keep in mind when doctors are talking statistics, they are talking NUMBERS and you are a PERSON. And if some can stay in remission for years--well, you can be one of those. I know it's hard news to take. What may seem strange to you is what I'm about to say. I always thought rather than have cancer (in my family it's heart disease, both sides) and "linger" I'd rather drop dead from heart or be hit by a bus. I was diagnosed 3/28/01 and was still in that mode as I finished my last chemo 9/6/01. And then... 9/11 and as I watched those pictures I kept thinking about those poor people who had no time or just a few minutes to prepare, who knew what was coming and could do nothing, and I thought, "well, I'm alive. Thank goodness that won't happen to me!" This too will come for you, at your own pace. Hope you can make sense of what I was trying to say there. Ellen
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Unread 11-22-2002, 05:43 PM
chemo starts monday

(((Debbie)))

I'm sorry to hear that things have spread a little further than hoped, but don't lose faith! As the ladies have said, chemo has advanced so far over the years, and I've often heard it said that now cancer is just a long-term illness. It can be beat with the right treatment plan, a healthy lifestyle, and lots of prayers. Remember, your doctor does not have a crystal ball, so even he does not know what is in your future. Hang in there! You can do this!

I'm sorry your husband said it would be better to be hit by a bus. I know that in his heart he did not mean it. Every day is a gift. If you have 1 day or 100,000 days, each one is an opportunity to do something special--to make a difference. I will keep you in my 'ers. Good luck as you get started with your treatment. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.

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Unread 11-22-2002, 06:10 PM
chemo starts monday

s Debbie

I am glad to hear you are finally starting with your treatment. I just have a strong feeling you are going to do very well. There are many of us here on Cancer Concerns that are currently living proof of people surviving and thriving in the shorter end of that statistical curve. You can do it too!!!!!
And we are all in great company with each other.
I too had taxol. Hair lose is pretty much guaranteed with that drug. It took my hair about two weeks to start shedding. At that point I just shaved my head. I was prepared with a wig, but found out I was a hat woman. If we lived closer, I could you lend you about twenty of them.
The anti nausea medicines work pretty darn well for most people.
Hopefully your side effects will be minimal.
Keep in close touch Debbie.
You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

karenann
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Unread 11-22-2002, 07:22 PM
chemo starts monday

Debbie,

I'm sorry they have found more bad cells and you have to go through the chemo regimen. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that this regimen will shrink those cells and you can continue on with treatment.

Keep as strong as you can and come here as often as you need to for support.

I guess your husband is also trying to absorb the latest information that you have....be strong, be positive.

's to you. Sending many healing thoughts and 's
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Unread 11-23-2002, 11:41 AM
My Prayers are with you as you go thru this

Debbie,

Please know that my ers are with you as you go thru this. I know all the girls here on the cancer concerns will be ing for you as you go thru this. Do not lose faith as HE will see you thru this time.
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