Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Chemo reschedule

Mom was scheduled to have another dose of Doxil today, however Dr. Porubcin thought that it was best to reschedule it for next Tuesday. Mom's CA125 was great - (8!) - however she is coming to a point where she is reaching the maximum amount of Doxil that she can have.

Apparently there is a "lifetime maximum dose" (I learn something new each time it seems) for the amount of Doxil mom can have put in her body before it starts doing damage to her heart. Often I forget that chemo drugs are designed to kill - and yes they kill cancers but the chemo drugs also do damage to tissues that aren't cancerous. So the long and the short of it is that she is approaching that "lifetime max." Dr. Porubcin wants to stretch out this timeframe as much as possible so that Mom can get the most benefit out of the drug.

Dr. Porubcin is very happy with the results from the last two doses. Mom's CA125 has dropped considerably. Unfortunately the side effects (like her blistering feet) are happening just as fast as well. Her feet were bothering her a lot over the weekend as the heat and humidity intensifies the rash. The good part is that she isn't really having to many other issues.

So mom will have her third Doxil dose next Tuesday, and then in July she is going to try and schedule it so that it can be done after nephew Jeremy's wedding. We have a wedding to go to later in June as well so if we can get through this wedding season she should be sitting good for the rest of the year!

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