Topic: update on my husband
We have reached the crossroads in my husband's treatment, so I thought I would drop in to ask for everyone's advice. As a refresher, he is 41 and was diagnosed 7 months ago wtih extra hepatic cc, with mets in his peritoneum and in his lymph nodes. He is stage 4 and not a candidate for surgery because of the mets. He has been through 1 cycle of cisplatin/gemzar, which changed to carboplatin/gemzar after that because of the nausea. He has had 6 cycles of the latter. Over these months, his CA 19-9 has gone from the 700s to the 30s (in the normal range!) and he has tolerated his chemo very well; the only side effects are his platelets and white blood counts being very low. Today we went in to start cycle 7 and he was denied because his platelets were at 48 and need to be at 100. We are going back in on Friday to see if his platelets rebounded and to get him another dose, but the oncologist suggested that it might be time to take a break because his bone marrow has been hit so hard.
So here's my question: is it wise to take a break? We feel like everything is going so well with his treatment that we don't want to stop now and risk giving the tumor a chance to grow. In his CT scans, no one has been able to see his tumors only the enlarged lymph nodes, and those have never changed size so it's unclear exactly what is happening in him. We are just relying on his good health and his CA 19-9.
What have others done in this situation? Is this the time to get a 2nd opinion?