Monday, November 12, 2012

Doctor checkup

Mom met with Dr. Porubcin this morning. Overall he said her counts were good, although the CA125 has crept up to 36. Mom's bone density test also wasn't very favorable, so Dr. P. set her up with a shot of Prolia (drug for osteoporosis) that she will have to get every six months. She should have better results with that than the Fossamax she was taking. The side effects from the Fossamax were a little too harsh on her stomach.

Dr. Porubcin wants her to do another blood test in five weeks to see where the CA125 falls. He mentioned that she had a spike in her CA125 last year before it went down again (and pretty much stayed down for the last year). From there he will determine if she is to do more chemo next year. He liked the results from Doxil, so he may choose to go that route.

Not good news but not necessarily bad news. This is the reality of living with cancer, you have to keep tabs on it. Mom has been really blessed with all of the good results she has had over the last year, so as long as everything is kept in check there shouldn't be too much to worry about in the future.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Checkup time

Mom has a port flush scheduled at Trinity on Monday. The nurses will take some blood to do the counts and see where the CA125 is at. The following Monday (Nov. 12) Dr. Porubcin will review her numbers (which will be good hopefully) and then maybe she can get through the holidays without any issues.

She is still doing the Lovenox doses twice a day, and she would like to get back down to one shot a day but seems like when she does that, then the blood clots start appearing.

The last time she met with Dr. Porubcin he mentioned that they had a supply of Doxil in again, so if she needs to do more chemo in the future, that will be available. If that is good news, I don't know. I don't want her numbers to go up to where she would need more chemo. She doesn't have any other symptoms (bloating, bowel issues) so that's a good sign.