Rob's newest blood results and chemo

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   Posted 2/6/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to all of you who answered so quickly. I really appreciate all of your help and support. Well, we met with a regular medical oncologist in our town (Timmins, which is a northern town in Ontario, Canada) we are 4 hours north of Sudbury which is where our radiation and chemo oncologists are. We either go to Sudbury or they come up here, or we teleconference with them. Anyway, after having blood drawn last Mon. our oncology dept. in our local hosp. called the Thurs. of the same wk. to inform us that his hemolgobin was now 86. and the med. oncologist from our town recommended having a blood transfusion, otherwise Rob's body won't be able to keep the red cells up after chemo.  Met with our local onc. and after telling us the concern with transfusions, possibility of body rejecting foreign blood and what could happen we started getting scared of it, but will have it done anyway. At least he explained that after lots of radiation, especially in the pelvic area the bone marrow cannot produce as much red cells due to what rad. does to the marrow. (think we got it straight) He talks fast (forget asking him to slow down, we are now starting to feel like we annoy them when we question what they say.)   dr. will be overseeing chemo while having it done in our town. this is only being done here because it is the least toxic chemo with the least side affects. According to our local onc. five yrs. ago if hormone therapy didn't work that was it, there were no other options for men with hormone refractory pc. Our nearest cancer centre is Sudbury and it is supposed to be very good. The next cancer centre would be Toronto. We can't get any subsidizing due to the fact that Rob still gets benefits from work which do cover most of the cost of drugs. Just have to pay up front first than get some back. Problem is that some of the drugs cost so much and as I'm sure a lot of you know the bills go up every time you have to put the cost on a card and when you are used to 2 incomes going back to 1 is hard. Rob had his transfusion yesterday (2 units) and felt terrific after, even started to feel difference during transfusion. He walked without his walking stick and a lot of his pain subsided??? This morning though he felt not so great, achey like flu and tired again. After an hours sleep, he felt great again.  Thurs. he will have his first of four chemo treatments. Got all the meds needed, dexomethesone for day of chemo, prednisone to be taken for the entire time and Kitrill, pill for nausea to be taken day after chemo. His chemo is Docetaxel. Apparently, this is the best chemo drug for pc. and has been quite successful with many pc patients. I'm crossing my fingers and praying that his body will be one the ones that it works for. Trying to get ready in case he has bad side affects from chemo. It's frustrating to not have 1 onc. who is more understanding, a bit more compassionate when discussing things, and one who will really listen. Boy, I sure wish we lived in the states where we could go to the MD Anderson centre. Heard such good things about there. My daughter printed out a great paper from The Cancer Cure Foundation site. Nutritional Interventions for Reducing the Negative Side Effects of Chemotherapy. It's a lot of really helpful things.The site is  lots of does and don'ts. Thank goodness except for this pc. Rob's health is good. My house is going to be turned into an extremely disinfectant, spic and span house with lots of hand sanitizer etc... No body will be allowed into the house if they show the slightest sign of any illness, cold, flu etc...  thanks so much Gordy for your story about your colleagues wife. It's stories like that that we read over and over again and in dire times it gives us strength. I will read your thread again to see how you are doing. God bless all of you and again thanks and you're all in my prayers. I'll let you know how Rob does after his first chemo.  You are a great group of people.  Lifeline 

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/6/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   

So glad to see you post. It seems like you & Rob are making strides in his treatments. The difficulties you've experienced would cause most of us anxiety & great concern.
Rob's transfusions and his physical response must be encouraging for you both and you were in desperate need of that.

Well, it sounds like you're making careful preparation for his chemo treatments - keeping busy helps. You're doing a great job, lifeline, and I'm sure your husband appreciates it.

I'm saving the site you posted - lot's of good info there. Thank you.

You know, it's a strange thing...compassion costs nothing but seems so hard for some to give. I'm hoping that you guys cross paths with a good soul.

God Bless,
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 PSA: 7.96 No Symptoms
2/09/06: LRP - Post Pathology - Gleason 4+3 Stage T2b NO MX
3 mo. PSA: 11.8 Stage T3a
6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Stage IV Systemic w/ distant lymph node involvement
Start HT - Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
06/06/07: PSA 0.1
09/05/07: PSA 0.1
11/27/07: PSA 0.1

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