Hi Trina and Karen ........
Actually, it is way too soon to determine if this chemo is doing any good. One of the blood draws yesterday was for the typical PSA test ... which is one of the yardsticks used to determine if the cancer is under control or continuing to spread. The other yardsticks are a catscan and a bonescan. The PSA test needs to be sent out - so I won't have that info until late Monday.
For us, with advanced prostate cancer, that's a big nail-biting time ... waiting for the results! Just check the Prostate Cancer Forum sometime.
Oh Karen .....
Remember Miss Piggy ... from the muppets? Well there now is a Mr. Piggy! I gained 7-pounds in the last three weeks ..... s**t!!!
I remember taking this stand ... saying to myself, if I have to go thru another chemo, then I'm going to enjoy something!!@!!
Some of my memorable junk food has been ...... flan with the caramel sauce (have become a flan junky), homemade-type of sugar cookies, herring in wine sauce with crackers, vermont white cheddar with crackers (two packs), and eating too late at night (an old bad habit I thought I had broken).
And ... of course ... no excercising!
To Trina and Karen again .....
Chemo treatments vary incredibley for frequency. If it's taken orally (as two of mine had been) it's several capsules every day - often with prednisone. If it's taken by IV (like one previous and the current one) the general rule of thumb is the stronger the chemo, the less often it's taken. Three week intervals have been standard for each of my two chemo's by IV.
I found out that with breast cancer, many women take 7-days on and 7-days off with the oral chemo ... or other similar spacings. It's amazing how different each med is.
The re-occuring cancer support group I went to (and will continue) brings a different perspective to my cancer and its treatment. Breast cancer can spread to other organs (just as prostate cancer can) - and when it does, it is NOT operable any longer. It is treatable with chemo but essentially not curable.
There-in lies the importance of finding breast cancer early .... remember that ladies!
Now ........ find something pleasant to think about or do!
Rob and Giz