This afternoon Lee and I met with Dr. P. to review my PET scan and discuss my options for on going treatment. As usual my blood work is fantastico! White cells, platelet count, liver and kidney function are are perfectly within normal range. Did I mention the Pinot Noir I am sipping right now is delightful? Thank you Mr. Liver!
The exciting news is that all the tumors, and there were gobs of them, in my lungs show essentially no activity. Hooray!! The liver also showed signs of progress, but one tumor did show slight growth. The growth is so small that it is within the margin of error. So no big worries. But the PET scan does shows that the tumor is still somewhat active. Although I could stop the current chemo regimen and do the “maintenance” with just Avastin, I decided to continue on with the full meal deal. After drilling Dr. P a bit for advice he said that if I was tolerating 5-FU, it would make good sense to continue based on the uncertainty of the liver tumor. If I can’t stand the 5-FU, I could take a break from it or drop it all together. It is all about managing my quality of life with extending my life. No big deal, right. Let’s see, 5-FU requires a 3 hour afternoon in the chemo lounge twice a month, causes chemo brain, fatigue, chemo snot, makes my mouth sensitive, and makes the skin on my hands thin (which causes discomfort and sores due to the friction from my crutches) and I have to deal with a physically attached portable pump 48 hours twice a month. None of these side effects are particularly lovely, but neither do they drastically impair the quality of life So I signed up for 5-FU for two more months. By the way, although 5-FU stands for 5-fluorocuracil, Lee’s cousin came up with a variation of the name I like better: 5-FUC. 5-FUC stands for F**K U CANCER! Let’s finish off that liver tumor!
I have two of my wine buddies from Oregon visiting tomorrow, John and Paul. They are on their way to Scottsdale and doing a little detour to Tucson. They were originally customers of my wine shop in Portland way back in 1982. We’ve been friends ever since and have shared many wine fun adventures over the past decades I’m sure we’ll enjoy a bottle or two or….tomorrow night.🍷 On Wednesday I resume by 5-FUC treatment. Got to take care of that liver!