Ready to go tomorrow morning at 3:45 am for our 6 a.m. flight to Cincinnati, then on to LAX and finally to Kauai. I'm almost all packed - just a few toiletries and electronics to organize, the meds are all set and head coverings are clean and ready.
So what's the hitch, you ask? Tumor markers...that nasty CA27.29...has risen dramatically in the past few weeks, now topping 1000. Carboplatin appears to be a bust, the generic Actos has not made it work better, and so we will be creating a new plan for when we get back from Kauai.
The current thought is weekly Abraxane and Gemzar, same as the carbo - 3 weeks on, 1 week off. I will have a CAT scan either the 21st or 22nd to set another baseline. Dr. Walsh will discuss this with Dr. Chen. I think this protocol will mean what little hair I do have is soon gone, along with eyelashes and eyebrows...boohoo.
I am going to lobby for some chemo sensitivity testing on my tissue samples. Surely there is a chemo that my tumor cells will detest, I'd like to discover which one sooner rather than later. I feel like we are throwing darts, hoping something sticks. There are still lots of chemos that could be the right one.
In the meantime, we are going to have a fabulous trip and forget about this nastiness as much as possible. Soon to be entering the "no cancer" zone!