Thank you so much for the beautiful notes of encouragement. I feel very thankful that I have found all of you and I am happy to share the complete story with you.
I am 48 years old and I was just diagnosed with cc. The chemotherapy that I am taking right now is in a series of 3 weeks. Week one-cysplatin with gemzar ( 6 hours) and week two- gemzar ( one hour). Week three- rest week and then start over again. The first week is very rough. They give you the miracle nausea drug by iv called emend when they give the infusion, and the steroid dexamethasone to spread it out over the next three days. Unfortunatley, cysplatin is very similar to adriamyacin which caused me to get very sick. ( I am a three year Breast Cancer Survivor and this is my second cancer in a lifetime..:( ) My Oncologist prescribed Emend to be taken by pill form for the next two days after treatment and that has made the first week of the series bareable.
Cathy, the only reason that I know of the Barnes Jewish hospital in St. Louis is because of a very good friend of mine who introduced me to your story and the success rate at the hospital. At this moment we have only faxed about 50 pages of medical history to the Hospital and am waiting to hear back from them on whether or not I qualify for a Liver Transplant.
Can you tell me what criteria I need to meet to qualify for the liver transplant list? My tumor is right inside my liver where my gall bladder attatches to my liver. My Oncologist told me that the cancer is inoperable. I also have three small lesions in my liver besides the big tumor. I was told that the only cure for me is liver transplant. After reading many posts plus the wonderful pages that were recomended I see there are many different types of treatments to explore.
Please pray for me as I am going to get a cat scan with contrast dye on Thursday 10/11/12 to see if the chemotherapy is working properly or not. I am praying for at least a stunt in the growth if not some shrinkage at this point.
Thank you all again for your time and for your compassion!! I am so happy that I have met you all!!
Ready to fight the battle of my life!!!!! With God as my guide!