Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Next Phase

Oncologists and surgeons are not conveyors of happy news. I ought to know that already! Anyway, the oncologist says that I am now on chemotherapy indefinitely. I seem to recall him saying that exact same thing to me over a year ago. We'll see about that!

There is a variety of drugs that can be used in a variety of combinations and I will be starting on the first 'cocktail' next week. It's a combination of tablet and injection in a 3 week cycle - 2 weeks on and 1 week off with the single injection session happening in week 1.

Side effects are expected to be minimal and if they do get too bad, then the cocktail changes to another combination of drugs. And I won't lose my hair.

The one happy piece of news from today is that he (the oncologist) has some patients who are still alive after being on these drugs for as many as 5 years. Now here's the challenge - to see if I can beat that and by how much! And he says that my quality of life will not change much.

I'll keep you posted.

This to remind me how I felt before this news -- and how I will feel again very soon!


Little D said...

Hi Terrie,
You post blogs at the strangest times. I'm happy to say most nights I too am awake at that time.

My husband starts work at 2,3,4,5,6am and I get up an have breakfast with him.

Perhaps I should leave my computer on overnight. We could be talking in real time.

Thinking of you as always Little D

Little D said...

Hi Terrie,

It's me again. Just looking at the time on my computer screen. I posted this blog at 10.19am on Thursday. That's not what the blog says, so chatting in 'real time' is obviously the American time.

Talk to you soon. With love Little D