Monday, August 13, 2007

Seventh Chemo Treatment

Karen's doing well. I always like to start off the posts with that statement. That's the most important nugget in the whole post.

Today Karen had her seventh chemo treatment. Nicole went with her (thx Nick) and I stayed home with the kids. We had a VERY eventful day between work, play and a visit from the plumber. That's another story.

Karen's day was also pretty busy. As usual she met with Dr Moriarty for an exam. The chemo regime was modified today to replace Oxaliplatin with a drug called CPT-11, also known as Camptosar. It's not commonplace in the USA yet but new studies in Europe have demonstrated the effectiveness of switching up the chemo regime with this drug before surgery. Karen had an allergic reaction to Oxali last time which was another reason to switch. Gotta love Dr Dan for staying on top of things.

Karen also got the prescription for her next round of scans. These will be performed 10 days after the 8th chemo session and include CT-scans of the abdomen, chest and pelvis as well as a PET scan. Personally I'm excited for these as they'll be the make or break as far as whether surgery is approved.

Tonight she's feeling shakey but in good spirits, as am I.

1 comment:

Katherine Piedra said...

Glad to hear that you're both in good spirits!