The on-going, first-hand tale of a journey through medical oncology... and what happens after.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Mamma Mia!

Just watched this on DVD with the daughterini - and I must say I hope I can be at her wedding. All the stresses and such that they go through in this silly musical ABBA-fest reminded me that nothing is assured in life, and that I would sure like to be available for the "giving away" part of the wedding ceremony.

Just sayin...


Mike Dorn said...

Hi Ed, Glad we found your blog - and looking forward to keeping in touch over the years.

Your fellow blogger, Mike

Anonymous said...

Great blog! Can you tell me what chemo's you have taken? Iv had CC for 5 years and am just now running out of options and I still have spots in lungs and lymph nodes. Any help would be appreciated. Sue

Ed said...

Mike: Great to reconnect after so many years, eh? Thanks for reading and commenting - though I seem to write here relatively seldomly these days.

Sue: I am so sorry to hear of your troubles with colon cancer! And I fear that my chemical regimen was no great shakes. I was on the standard FOLFOX combination of Oxaliplatin, Leucovorin, and 5-FU (fluorouracil). I managed 10 treatments out of 12 prescribed, and the last one had reduced dosages of oxaliplatin and 5-FU because my immune system (and everything else, to be honest) were crashing. I am not a doctor, and have no expertise about the lung metastases. I have read, though, that there are new ablation techniques for dealing with those buggers. The lymph system is a little scarier, in my opinion, because that is evidence that there is still cancer somewhere that is being fought by your immune system. Have you had surgery? Where was the initial tumor site(s)? Since you have mets, I assume you are now Stage 4, but what was your initial diagnosis? I would also suggest trying to find a research hospital/physician. I worked with Dr. Charles Blanke (formerly of Oregon Health Sciences University and now working in British Columbia). Best of luck!