So I began round three, the final round of my chemo treatments yesterday. I saw the doctor before the treatment and the tumor has shrunk tremendously since I saw her last week when she told me that it had grown!! It is amazing how fast the fluid was absorbed by my body!! My neck looks so different! Proof that this poison I am putting in my body is definitely working!!
The doctor decided to add the third drug, the 5FU, back into the mix for this round. She cut the dose to 60% hoping that I do not get the mouth sores like the first round. My fingers are crossed because that was NOT fun!!
I met with the radiation oncologist today to discuss the next step in the plan. He suggested that I meet with the surgeon first to make sure that radiation was the best next approach. He is not sure, because of the shrinking of the tumor, if it would be best for some surgery to remove some of what is left so that they do not have to radiate such a large area since I have had radiation to my neck twice before. But we'll see what the surgeon says next Wednesday, June 23rd, when I see him.
If we go ahead with the radiation first, I will probably begin treatments on July 20th with a "dry run" to make sure everything is correct and treatments would begin on the 21st. Of course, because of the tricky placement of this damn tumor, there are risks with radiation. As with anything medical, there are risks, but they love to scare the crap out of you. I just have to remember that they are uncommon, but the pros of the treatment outweigh the cons, so what else am I supposed to do?? Don't have many options to get rid of this once and for all.
So I will keep truckin' on my journey and take things one day at a time. Please keep all of the love and prayers coming as they are obviously working!!
Thank you to all of my family and friends for their constant support!! It is much appreciated!!
Love to all!!