IIIp0 Posted May 20, 2004 Share Posted May 20, 2004 Hello everyone~ I'm writing for my hubby. What a week this has been! FIRST: His brain scan [CT] came back with several 'differentials' that it could be but basically inconclusive. He's scheduled for an MRI on Monday. Frankly, we're not tooo concerned because the many 'typical' symptoms he had previously improved with the 2 pints of blood platelets! Hemoglobin up from 7.2 to 9, but red/white counts still too low for last CPT-11 round. Will try again next week. We're confused now about this terrible debilitating pain he's getting in the small/lumbar area of the back: initially he was diagnosed with tumors up and down his spine; but it seems that his back gets better or worse at times, so -- if it were tumor it wouldn't change necessarily [meaning, some days his back is terribly swollen and painful and others he's just fine]. His new onc thinks it's a deterioration of the spine [that's just come about????]. In other words, he never had this pain prior to his cancer troubles. I don't know anymore I tell ya. The other good news is that Neuropathy has dissipated for the most part, with the change in chemo, thank Goodness~ Now we're pretty much contending with extreme back pain down the front of the legs and praying for a clean MRI~. Then, doc is talking about a rescan after last CPT-11 and possible change to Taxotere. At least it does sound like more good news than bad though, huh??? The bad news is that he's lost around 20 pounds this month on the CPT and has extreme muscle wasting.... No matter what I give him to eat [nutritionist-recommended drinks, vitamins, etc.], he doesn't gain..... THAT is worrisome for me. Thanks for listening to the latest update~ Beth ================ husband diag. w/Stage 4 SCLC 12/03 Mets to liver/spint/femur 13 'events'/sessions of Carboplatin/Taxol, but developed painful neuropathy. Neurotin 900 mg/day Switched to CPT-11; neuropathy abated Low blood counts - having to postpone chemo 3 times! Hemoglobin up from 7.2 to 9. Still exhausted. Painful lower back. Dr. Prescribed 50 mg of Duragesic Patch but breakthrough pain. Will get on "lolipops" for breakthrough~ "Special" loliipops, hard to obtain.... Hum........ duno what it is yet. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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