bam451 Posted November 18, 2006 Share Posted November 18, 2006 Well, my mom finished her 6th round of chemo three weeks ago. Her mass has responded really well to her treatment (taxol,carboplatin,avastin) and has shrunk 77% of its originial size. Her three lymph nodes have also shrunk. They ordered another CT scan to see if there was any more improvement. The doc says that after the 6th round there is usually minimal improvements. When mom went in yesterday this was the case. Only minimal improvements. But I keep telling her, minimal or no improvement is better than getting worse. Anyway, we were kind of bummed. We know this was coming, but it's still hard to hear. They still want her to have two more rounds of chemo because she is taking it so well. When the hooked her up, her platelet count was too low (81) and so they would not administer the chemo. Mom was very upset, felt like she was loosing ground. This happens though right!?! She's on her 7th round and hasnt had any trouble til now. And 81 isnt really bad, they just don't want the carbo to make it tank any more. THe only other troubling thing we heard was about her back. When mom was diagnosed, they said from the PET scan that there was either a second mass or fluid on the inside or outside of her right lung. They were having a hard time figuring out where it was. Her second opinion couldnt tell either, but said there wasnt much there. After her 2nd and 4th round she had CT scans and her doc said he was confident that whatever was there was gone. NOw on Friday he says, well, it never showed up on the CT scan so we wont know until we do another PET. This is so frustrating. Why would he say confident, and then say there's no way of knowing? I dont go in to the office with my mom so I can't ask the doc, but I"m really confused and upset. I know she's doing well, and I knew this wouldnt be easy, but sometimes I just wear down. Plus it's very upseting with the holidays coming up. Was it hard on all of you for the first holiday season? I feel like this is the last holiday I'm going to have with her and I am having a hard time dealing with it. THanks for listening! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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