Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Chemo postponed

Unfortunately mom's white cell blood count was not where it needed to be yesterday, so the doctor postponed her chemo treatment until next Tuesday.

Mom was very disappointed as she was really looking forward to that LAST one. It has been such a long haul for her (since September!) and she just wanted to be done with it. We both wanted to be done with it.

BUT - it would be very bad to have her do a treatment with her white count so low. That can trigger so many things - illness, maybe infection or some other sickness that could compound into something bad.

So next week it is.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Next to LAST chemo day

Mom had her next-to-last chemo treatment this morning. It went well and no issues. They are just giving her the Taxetere now; no more carboplatin since she had an adverse reaction a couple of weeks ago. It didn't give her any long term effects and she bounced back quickly.

She had a visit with Dr. Porubcin before the treatment and all of her counts were good. So now there is just one more treatment to go (next Tuesday the 23rd) and that will be it for a while!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Scan results & chemo

Mom had a scan done two weeks ago Friday, and overall the results were very good. The radiologist told Dr. Porubcin that her lymph nodes reduced in size by a couple of millimeters (which is significant!) and that means that the chemo treatments are doing their job. Even though the scan results were good, Dr. Porubcin still wanted to finish out his plan for her chemo treatment so she will be done at the end of February.

So last week she had a treatment (Taxetere only) and then this week she had a treatment on Tuesday with the Taxetere and Carboplatin. Mom had a slight reaction (flushed, nausea) when the nurses started the Carbo, so they stopped the treatment immediately. Dr. Porubcin decided that she had had enough Carboplatin for this series of treatments, so she will finish out the month with the Taxetere only.

She doesn't have a treatment next week, so she will get a bit of a gap until her next treatment on Feb. 16. That is a good thing as she has not felt the best yesterday or today. But mom is near the end of this round of chemo and hopefully that will be it for awhile!