Thursday, June 10, 2010

chemo sucko

Had the consult yesterday with my new sarcoma doctor..the other one in on vacation for 8 weeks, must be rough. It boils down to this, they don't know if anything actually works or not because , as I've heard 3,000 times already, no one else gets this kind of cancer, so there's no actual studies, therefore all the evidence they have is anecdotal. He basically told me that I could do nothing and wait and watch, but up to 70% of people will have it come back and when it does, it's just a matter of time, there's no curing it. He said that they have good outcomes there with people who do chemo, but again, he wouldn't tell me what that means. I think they don't want to be haunted by me if I go fast, get pissed afterwards and have nothing better to do in the afterlife. The therapy that he's recommending is a 6 month regiment of Gemcitabine, Abraxane and Bevecizumab, every 2 weeks by IV for 3 hours each. El sucko. Side effects suck too, nausea, vomiting, hair loss, diarrhea, peripheral nerve damage, blood clots, you name it. The thought of doing nothing is not an option, I couldn't live with myself if I cheated my babies for even one month because I didn't want the side effects. There's no guarantees that this will do anything, but at least I will know that I've done everything possible to stick around as long as I can for them, and for chocolate covered strawberries:). I'm back on my feet again..in lab doing nothing...just like any other normal grad student.

6 comments:

  1. You are an inspiration, not a day goes by that I do not think of you. I pray the treatments go well for you.

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  2. I'm sorry Corrie. Hopefully the chemo will keep this in check for a long long time. In the meantime you have your wonderful family, good friends, yummy food, chocolate and your amazing sense of humor to keep you company. You are an inspiration to so many people and I know you will do your best to pull through this. Plus I'd be proud to flash my bald head with you anytime you want. :)

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  3. Howie...your broJune 10, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Keep the humor going, C. Just saw a study on the beneficial effects. On that note, are you going to look like Mort?

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  4. Hopefully you will fly thru the chemo like many do with no side effects. Bald is beautiful and it will grow back. How many baldies can we get to join you, anyone up for it? I am and my head is UGLY but who cares!
    Howie, she has always looked like Mort :) A good thing for both of them. We love you Corrie, stay strong, and we'll keep praying and keep sending the love your way. Blanca & Bob

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  5. Blanca, I'm in. Corrie you are beautiful.

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  6. Corrie -
    Saw this article and thought of you! http://us.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/06/12/cancer.exercise.health/index.html?hpt=C2

    This woman is taking to her bike and "giving cancer the middle finger!!!"

    Good luck!!!
    Angie

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