He said there is no record of anyone having a clear test after bone or bone marrow breast cancer. Now how far that 'ever' goes I don't know, but even if it is just within his office that is saying a great deal because he is in one of the biggest oncology groups in the DFW area. He said because there is no knowledge of this ever happening before he has no idea what would happen if chemo was discontinued, so he wants Carolyn to continue on her regular schedule which is Abraxane for three weeks and one week off. One of those weeks Avastin is combined with the Abraxane. She said the amount of the chemo is very small maybe 4 oz. It must be given very slowly because she is at the clinic for a few hours each week. She has had very few ill effects from this combination. The worst being her blood pressure elevated, so she was put on BP medicine. She is also very tired, but she still manages to carry a full load, working.
He used her last year as a case study and he told her that again this year she would be his case study. He called her a miracle and a phenomena! So as someone said in the last thread, this does indeed give women hope that a cure is coming sooner rather than later.
Carolyn was disappointed he wasn't going to stop her treatment and since she is pretty headstrong I felt I needed to tell her about JoAnnie. She had bone marrow breast cancer and was on a different chemo because that was several years ago and these are new. She was having a terrible time with the chemo side effects and was really miserable. Her onc let her take a break and during that break her cancer increased with a vengence that took her life in two weeks. I just couldn't watch that happen to my daughter so I felt I had to tell her.
Thanks again for all the prayers and kind thoughts,
Love you all,