Today I met with my new oncologist, Dr. Jeanna Walsh, at the Dana Farber satellite clinic in Londonderry. I must say that she is, by far, my favorite of the four onco's I've seen in the past year. From the moment we walked into the reception area, everyone was very pleasant and welcoming. Kinda funny, people sometimes think New Englanders are a bit "cold" but nothing could be further from the truth for everyone we encountered today.
After the usual weighing (lost a couple more pounds), measuring, and gathering of the usual vital statistics, we went to a consultation room where Dr. Walsh, Christine and I discussed my previous treatment and the timeline for chemo and its accompaniments. I had a few questions which she addressed, and she immediately made some adjustments to the steroids so that I would get just half the usual dose. So, with all this, here is my schedule for getting treatment underway:
June 8th at 4:30 - consultation with general surgeon in advance of having port inserted
June 13th - surgery for port insertion (time TBD)
June 14th at 2:00 - echocardiogram at Eliot Hospital
June 14th at 3:00 - chemo training at DF clinic
June 15th at 9:00 - bloodwork and first chemo at DF clinic
June 16th at 1:30 - Neulasta shot at DF clinic
Chemo will continue every two weeks until I have completed 4 rounds of Adriamycin and Cytoxin, then 4 rounds of Taxol.
The good news is that we will be somewhat settled in our new house before the craziness starts - move-in will be Friday, June 10th. We'll have the weekend to get unpacked and organized. I will pick up the keys on Monday, June 6th; new sofa is scheduled for delivery on June 9th, and Comcast is scheduled for Friday, June 10th.
I've got a busy couple of weeks coming up!!!