The News Since Treatment #1
So, I have completed my first treatment of "Folfiri + Avastin." The treatment was brutal...just awful, really. Irinotecan is much harder on me than Oxalaplatin was. (I guess my constitution must be better equipt at processing platinum than it is plastic....who knew?) Plus they give me so many other things to prevent allergies, infections, and the like, that by the time I left the office (after 6 hours! of infusion), I was like a walking chemical plant. They gave me an IV of benedryl (sp?) that was especially awful -- it made my head foggy and, in fact, I ended up not remembering a lot of the treatment because of it. This might have been a good thing, in the final analysis.
But I did recover from treatment #1 in about the same amount of time that I used to recover from the Folfox treatments. The treatment began on a Wednesday and I got "unhooked" from the take-home chemo on Friday. Then I relaxed over the weekend and, by Monday, I was back to work. I think the Neulasta shot helped. Neulasta is a drug that boosts white-cell counts. It makes you feel fluish for about a day and then, bingo, you feel like a normal person again. Better than normal, actually. It's a great drug. I guess that's why, at least if what I've heard is correct, Neulasta costs $5000.00 per injection. I'll address in another post the corruption, criminality, and goulishness of the medical establishment.
So I've felt fine since treatment #1, thankfully. A b it of tiredness here and there. It also appears that the lesion on my navel is shrinking! That might or might not be an indication of what's going on inside of my body, but I'll take whatever good news I can get.
Treatment #2 begins this Wednesday morning. After 4 treatments they'll scan me again and see whether or not I'm ready for surgery.