Saturday, November 05, 2005

And so begins the hard process...

Mom had the visit with her oncologist on Friday. Here's what we learned:

* There is no cure for breast cancer once it has spread. Mom's chemo is intended to prolong life without making her too sick to make it worthwhile.

* Mom's cancer is moderately aggressive.
* They hope to get a central line put in next week and mom will start chemo shortly thereafter. They are aiming for the first treatment by the end of next week.

* Mom will start Taxotere and possibly an experimental trial of Gleevec. Gleevec is an oral chemotherapy medicine which has not been approved by the FDA for metastasized breast cancer, but it has proven to be somewhat of a miracle drug in treating CML (leukemia). The trial has been around for a while, but mom hasn't decided if she wants to take part in the study.

* Mom will have one treatment a week for 3 weeks, have one week of rest, and then another 3 weeks of treatments. After the end of the first stage, she will have a CAT scan to see how well the tumors are responding to the chemo.

* She may or may not have the side effects of chemo: hair loss, fingernail changes and loss, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, etc. Everyone reacts differently.

* There is no way of knowing how much time we have. It may be as little as months, or as long as years. We just have to take one day at a time.

I ask that you please keep my mother (Janice) and my family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank your for your support so far. You have no idea how much it means.

On a knitting note, another hat, modeled by my unsuspecting computer game playing husband:

It was knit with eslsebeth lavold angora designer's choice in Misty Blue on size 7s using this free pattern.


Blogger Tim said...

I hope your mother responds well to the treatment. Good luck and God bless.

Sunday, November 06, 2005 3:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anne said...

I've only just found your Knitting Parents of Young Children blogring, and just want to add my thoughts and prayers for you, your mother and your family.

Monday, November 07, 2005 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous susan said...

just found your site .. while searching ...think only positive thoughts and be grateful for each day that you can share with your mom ...hope you find solace in the prayers of others

Monday, November 07, 2005 1:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

god bless your mother and your family.may you find peace and not leave anything are not alone.we will pray for you and your family.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

you all are in my prayers still! what a wonderful hat.. i love that yarn :) your husbands loves computer games too huh ;)

Friday, November 11, 2005 8:24:00 AM  
Blogger Rain said...

Love the hat, nothing like forcing family to model for you.

So sorry to hear about your Mom, you're in my thoughts and I hope the treatments all go well.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 3:26:00 AM  
Blogger mamma said...

I was blog hopping and I happened upon your blog. Let me say how sorry I am for what you are going through. Your story is so similar to mine. My mother had breast cancer last year. In April they said she was cancer free. In August they found the cancer had traveled to her liver and a few other places. She was given Gemzar and Herceptin. She had the same three weeks on, one off schedule for the Gemzar and every week for the Herceptin. After three months they did a body scan to track the progress. The good news is the cancer had decreased 50%. The bad news was the chemo damaged her heart so badly she can no longer have chemo. I hate it when they use words like quality of life, and extending life. It's so unfair. I don't mean to burden you with my insanity. If you ever need to talk feel free to email me.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 12:39:00 PM  

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