Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Nothing Grew! Nothing New!


Excellent news! 

No new tumors appeared! 

None of the existing tumors grew! 

A few tumors shrank!

Here are some specifics.  The tumor in the pancreas shrank. The tumor in the psoas shrank.  One of the tumors in the left lung shrank. The amount of shrinkage was not huge, but any shrinkage is good shrinkage.

What a relief.  I was braced for bad news, and we got excellent news instead.  Thanks to everybody who kept reminding me that miracles happen.

Now I get two months off, and I expect to feel better every day.  I go back on December 6 for my next CT Scan.

My white blood cell count (neutrafils) is very low, so if you see me, do not sneeze on me. It will bounce back up pretty quickly now that chemo is over.

The other good thing that happened is that Dr R ran through some of my options for the future.  There are two more chemo drugs for sarcoma. More exciting is some chemo drug for sarcoma that is in wide use in Europe and Asia (did not catch the name) and that is now available in Charolotte, SC, as a clinical trial.  I would have to pay $250 per dose out of pocket. Plus I would have to travel to Charlotte every three weeks. (Not exactly a hardship because Charlotte is super nice.)  I could stay on that drug for as long as it works.  After that, there is at least one other chemo drug not specifically approved for sarcoma but currently being tried out on sarcoma.  And then finally there are some clinical trials. 

So, lots of options for the future, but nothing needs to be done today.

Nothing needs to be done today!  Yahoo!

Lou and I did the Happy Dance in the parking garage at Duke.

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Anonymous said...

So excited and happy to read your news. Happy, happy, happy dances are going on all 'round. Love, CQ

Jean Trainor said...

So pleased for you Karen, enjoy the next two months of freedom

Jean x

MK said...

Thanks be to God. So happy for you and Lou! MK

Anonymous said...

Great news for this visit!!! Happy dance here in NB too...prayers are still going out for you...so glad you have a break from some of the worry too...LOve ya' Mrs. S. xxxooo

Rick Evans said...

This is happy news all around today !

Gail said...

Eddie and I are doing the happy dance for you in Seattle!! Love, Gail

Anonymous said...

So very very thrilled for you Karen!!! Love you lots and lots and enjoy the wonderful news with Lou. Talk with you soon I hope, xoxo Debbie P.

Anonymous said...

Tears of Joy! Hugs, xoxo

DOANE NNC said...

YAY !!! I was doing the HAPPY DANCE in front of some people down by the indoor pool in my hotel, in Knoxville, TN, last nite @ 10 PM. That was whem I got your VM. YES, I do believe in miricles and the power of the A's..
I love you girl and keep you in my T's&P's everyday

Pateeta said...

Tears of joy for you, Karen. So happy for you!

patty

Anonymous said...

YES!!! You can grow your hair back, have about 50 massages and just relax and enjoy feeling good for two whole months, what a joy.

Kathy from Kent

Anonymous said...

This is great news Karen. Wish we were there to join you on the happy dance. Love, Cindy, Mike, Brian, William & Ginger too!!

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