Topic: FOLFOX chemo has stopped tumors from growing
I haven't written in a while, but wanted to let you know that I have been on FOLFOX since 10/08 and I have Stage IV- mets to my lungs and lymph nodes. I was diagnosed 1/08- intrahepatic and had a resection, followed by 5 months oif GEMZAR. Then, the scan showed it had spread.
But, my last scan at the end of May 09 showed no increase in size to the tumors in my liver and lungs, and even some shrinkage in the lymph nodes! That was great news.
Except for being tired and a few digestive problems, the FOLFOX is doing it's job. I did have a reaction to the Oxilaplatin a few weeks ago, so now they infuse it over a 4 hour period- that seems to have stopped the problem. I
do have the neuoropathy issues in my hands and feet that go with the Oxila-but am taking meds to try and help that.
I am remainng very positive, trying to eat healthy and get enough rest. I am still working full time, so I do have my real tired days. But, I was told
last Oct that I could have only months, but I am still here-I figure that may be 1,000 months- I plan fighting every day.
Thanks so much for this website- it has a lot of great information. On this site I learned about Dr. Lenz at USC and went to see him in April. He is the nicest Dr., full of hope and positive thinking- he confirmed what my local Dr. is doing is what he would do also, and if this regimen fails, he has a whole list of other things to try. I am on my 17th treatmetn of Oxila, and have been told a lot of people max out at 12- I am remaining tough!
Take care, and you are all in my prayers- Celeste