Topic: Update on Jeff - any one familiar with Taxol chemo?
Hello CC Family,
Completed 7th infusion of Cis/gem on 2/25. PET scan on 3/5 showed significant progression. Primary liver tumor up to 13.7 x 16.9 cm. was 11.4x 12.3 on 1/15.
Second onc opinion @ USC with Dr. Heinz Lenz went well. Got some good suggestions, but basically in agreement with Tx todate. Loved office staff, NP Taline & Dr. Lenz.
Port placement today. Chemo with Taxol on next Monday. Liver biopsy on tuesday.
Any one familiar with Taxol chemo? Liver biopsy to check for HER 2. Hope is to supplement Taxol with chemo for HER 2, depending on biopsy results. Seems unconventional. But we don't want to wait for results for 3 weeks without any treatment, so onc is giving taxol a try.
On personal side, Jeff continues to work 75% of full time. (this is therapeutic for jeff.) Swelling feet & ankles. Nausea @ night 3-4 times per week. Distended abdomen, hard stomach. At last chemo, IV moved and Jeff got some cis infusion into muscle tissue of right arm. Sore and red but he does not complain. Ever. He is very fatigued.
Also on personal note, his uncle arranged for Laker game. Through series of unique unexplainable series of events, he met one of his heros, Kobe, who signed his hat! He is still smiling. Both his uncle and I think Jeff is the hero.
Also found out he will go to state bowling tournament with special Olympics / ARC in Sacramento on 5/4. He is exstatic.jeff has taught me that it is all about what you choose to focus on.
Anyway, input & info on Taxol would be appreciated. Please keep Jeff in your thoughts and prayers.
Bob & Nancy
Jeff's mom & dad