Monday, August 10, 2009

The new Chemo 'Joy Juice' is WORKING!

As you may know, I received the new chemo, Doxil®, on July 18th for the cancer in my abdominal area. Eighteen days later (August 5th) blood was drawn to see if the CA-125 tumor marker could pick up the effectiveness of the chemotherapy.

YES! YES! Doxil® is working.

Also on August 5th, I received the second infusion (IV) of Doxil® and will get the third infusion on August 28th. Bruce and Marlene will be my ChemoBuddies on August 28th. Can't tell you what the plan is after that, other than I will take what I need in order to get the CA-125 down, way down!

For those of us who are watching the numbers:
(I will skip the earlier numbers)
CA-125 was 4.6 on February 2, 2009,
CA-125 was 16.4 on April 3, 2009,
CA-125 was about 5500 on May 22, 2009. I was put back on chemo after this high number appeared and a CT scan on May 27th showed the cancer returned. "Gemzar®" was the drug I took for the next 6 weeks. It appears that Gemzar® didn't work because the ---
CA-125 was 6705 on July 16, 2009, (determined during my hospital stay).
CA-125 was 3885 on August 5, 2009. (Three weeks of Doxil® and my numbers are down by about half!)

Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate!

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