We are back from an amazing and much needed vacation, island hopping in the BVI’s. We had a blast with an amazing group of friends and family! No cell phones, internet (for the most part) or computers for 9 days… I can’t remember the last time we did that. Now back to reality…
We thought we wouldn’t hear any new news until our doctors appointment on the 7th but we got an early call from the Oncologist today. The results from the Oncotype Test came back, that is what we have been waiting on since our last visit to the oncologist. This is the test that determines the DNA of the tissue and tumor and helps the doctor determine how aggressive the chemo will be. The test is scaled 1-18 needing least aggressive chemo, 18-31 needing aggressive chemo and 31 and above needing the most aggressive chemo. Her test came back at 30. We weren’t really expecting it to be this high, but we hope that since the doctors will be treating it very aggressive, this will mean it will be gone for good!
We have scheduled her first round of chemo, Thursday June 14th. She has to go back into outpatient surgery next week to get a port put in on her upper chest, which will remain in for a year after her last treatment. The port allows them to administer chemo and draw blood work from the same entry point. This way she doesn’t have to get poked with a needle each appointment. Next week she also gets a MUGA scan, to make sure her heart can physically handle the chemo treatment, and a CT scan of the head, to make sure the cancer did not spread to her brain, it is the only place the doctors have not looked.
The treatment is expected to last 6 months, occurring every two weeks. However, this schedule, we are told is subject to change, depending on how her white blood cell count looks after every treatment. She will have to go in the day after her chemo treatment to get a shot to build bone marrow, that will help grow the white blood cell count. We are told this is one of the most painful processess, but if you are in pain it is a good sign that the white blood cells count is growing.
Its a lot to digest, but we now know when treatment begins and an idea of the schedule she will be on for the next 7-8 months. She will follow the chemo with six weeks of radiation and a five year oral chemo. We are both anxious to get this started and on the road to recovery. Thanks for your calls and prayers. We appreciate every one of you.