Patty, I'm so glad you saw the post and replied. I think Lovenox is probably the drug that my new oncologist mentioned. I don't know how long the effects of the cancer last in the body.....my tumors were removed completely with no mets, etc. I've wondered if 9 weeks post surgery with blood clots showing up, indicates the cancer is still active somewhere,,,microscopically????? I do have a port...which has been problematic....difficult to access and sometimes hurts unexpectedly. Nothing has been mentioned by the new oncologist about taking it out....I'm a difficult "stick" for IV's. Don't know how hard it would be to move from Coumadin to the Lovenox ....getting off of one and onto the other.....but $$$ are not an issue. Our insurance through husband's workplace has been excellent.....we're very fortunate. We have a high out of pocket...($12K) but after surgery at Mayo and the pre-diagnosis tests here, and a surgery followup at Mayo at 6 weeks post op....plus one chemo IV .....we're far beyond having to put out any more cash this year. Everything at this point is paid 100%. Some things are subject to approval, as with most all insurance, ...even the chemo treatment, but nothing has ben refused or even questioned thus far. I'm going to talk to the new oncologist on Wednesday at my pre-chemo chat time about switching to the Lovonox. She mentioned how difficult the Coumadin was to manage during chemo and it doesn't sound like she was really happy about the fact that I was on Coumadin. My GP....who was the doctor who admitted me to the hospital was the one to move me from Heparin to Coumadin. I'm very concerned about the INR for Coumadin not staying in range. I understand that it can take a while to regulate it, but if it's going to get to be more of a problem as I get deeper into chemo, I think the change being sooner than later makes more sense. Right now, I"m more than a bit scared about doing chemo again with the Coumadin not stable yet. I'm going to try to give you a call in the next few days....just to chat about this more a little. We actually don't live all THAT far away.....I'm just over in Marion/Cedar Rapids, IA. about an hour and a half from the Quad Cities. Sometime when I get through some of this chemo mess, maybe we can get over to Illinois to meet up in person.
"Just for today, I can get through anything." I'm a cancer survivor, not a doctor. The opinions I state are my own, based on my personal experiences. As always, talk to your doctor about your concerns and treatment.