Greetings, everyone, on this Thursday afternoon!
It was a long time between the CT scan last Friday and the meeting today with my oncologist, Dr. Agostino. But, what a great meeting it was! She showed us the CT scan from April, before chemo started, and the one from last week. What a huge difference! The cancer is out of the lymph nodes and she said there was about a 75% reduction in the cancer overall. You can just imagine the smiles on the faces of Carl, Kristin and me.
As for what’s in store next….. Both Dr. Agostino and Dr. Ku, my medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering, think that I should move to maintenance chemo rather than going to a liver-directed treatment. Their reasoning was that since the cancer had spread outside the liver, there was no guarantee that all these cancer cells were dead. If we just focus on the liver, there could be a loose cell that sets up shop somewhere else in my body so best to continue to treat my full body. Also, even though the liver is our most resilient organ, it can only tolerate so much. If the focus is just on the liver and the cancer spreads again, my liver may not be capable of handling that chemo. Can’t argue any of that logic.
We’ll still consult with the other oncologists we’ve been working with just to get their opinions but, as for now, I’ll be back in chemo next Tuesday. At least the more toxic chemo is over and it will only be a 1 1/2 hours infusion instead of 3 1/2 hours. Each cycle will be 3 weeks of chemo followed by a week off. I’ll gladly move into this new schedule since we seem to have gained some control over the cancer!
I think we may have to amend the Team Lynn slogan of “Faith, Family, Friends” to now include “Food”. I really believe that the cancer’s retreat and coming through chemo the way I did is due in large part to my diet. Thanks to Kristin for weathering the storm as she got me to move to a super-healthy diet. It wasn’t always the easiest of jobs. Believe it or not, I’ve come to really like foods like quinoa, kale chips, green smoothies and fresh veggie juices – things that were not even on my menu radar screen before!
There is so much behind our slogan, “Faith, Family, Friends”. Thanks once more for your on-going support. God has been listening to all the prayers. The positive energy you’ve been sending has given me more strength. And my family has been the “wind beneath my wings” with their limitless love and support.
Here’s to Phase II and showing this cancer that we are too strong to beat.
Love and hugs to all,