Topic: Tumor Shrinkage!

I am 39 and was diagnosed in December 2006.  I have mets to my bone which have been surgically removed, radiated and 5FU'ed (we think the mets to the bone are gone!) and mets in my liver.   The largest tumor in the liver is 2x3 cm and there are spots.   I have been on a 3 week cycle of Gemzar, Taxotere and Xeloda and completed 2 of those cycles.    (The cycle is:  Xeloda days 1-14, infusion of Gemzar and Taxotere on days 4 and 11, days 14-21 off meds.)   I have been scanned once since starting the chemo. and had shrinkage in the main tumor.   (The spots are too small to really measure.)   I haven't had any horrible side effects from the GTX combo. other than fatigue on the day after I infuse.    I am thrilled to have "hit" the right combo of drugs on the first try...and I pray that they continue to work for me!   The fact that I can actually have a fantastic quality of life with them is an extra added bonus.    Keep holding on to your faith and keep your attitude strong!   I am going to shrink this stuff and get it out of my body (who knows if that will be via surgery, radiation or something that we don't even know yet!!)  but I believe it will happen.

Re: Tumor Shrinkage!

Good for you! I hope it keeps working for you and they can resect and you can thumb your nose at this cancer! Keep up the good fight - you're an inspiration!
- joyce

Re: Tumor Shrinkage!

What wonderful news Lainey! I am really happy that treatment is working well for you, and I hope it continues! I'm sure starting chemo must be scary, so I'm glad this particular combination is helping you, and that you are not suffering from the treatment itself.