Today is Steve’s 17th chemo treatment. It’s been a while since I’ve updated and I’m sorry about that. Steve’s been bugging me to post an update but I’ve been busy shoveling snow, ice, snow again, then more snow and then even more snow, then I got up this morning and shovel MORE snow!!!
You get the picture. I want to apologize because this snow is all my fault. I think that mother nature is trying to see how far she can push me before I go over the edge. I’m sorry to take you all on the ride with me. Hopefully she’s satisfied and will stop.
So how is Steve doing? Steve started a new chemo to replace the Oxaliplatin. For those of you that might be versed in this chemo crap – oops sorry!, he’s now getting FOLFIRI – Fluorouracil, Leucovorin, Irinotecan. The Irinotecan is the new drug that replaced the Oxaliplatin. It works similar but doesn’t cause neuropathy. Of course it has it’s own list of side effects but I’m happy to report that he’s not really experiencing any of them.
The doctor checked his CEA number 2 weeks ago and it was up to 28. At that point, he wasn’t very concerned because Steve had only received one round of the new drug – Irinotecan. Previously he went 2 treatments with only the 5-FU and took a week off to go to the Father Daughter dance, so he wanted to give it more time to really see how this drug will work.
He goes back to the doctor in 2 weeks and he will then check is CEA number again and depending on what it is, he said we’ll “discuss” it then. I have no idea what that means!
We are hoping it’s lower or at least the same which will tell us that this new treatment is working. But if it’s not, I’m sure there is another drug to try next.
We also think that when we see the doctor in 2 weeks, he’ll schedule another CT Scan because March will be 3 months since the last one. That of course will tell him more of what’s going on… hopefully.