Topic: My Past, Present, and Future (I hope!).
Hello everyone! I had been asked to share my treatment and transplant plans. So I thought I would just start a new topic and post everything I have done to get to where I am.
- We learned I have CC in October 27, 2011 at the age of 29.
- Went to MD Anderson to see Dr. Javle early November 2011. He recommended Gemzar and Cisplatin plus Tarceva. He said surgery and transplant would not happen.
- Had 16 rounds of gem/cis and then had a reaction to cisplatin.
- Chemo was then changed to Gemzar and Xeloda. First scan on this treatment showed positive results, this was 08/2012. At this point I was referred to the Methodist hospital in Houston to see if I could be placed on the transplant list. After days of testing, and results came back good, and I was placed on the list.
- 3 months after that my scans showed a new tumor in my liver.
- Started GTX in November 2012.
- Had a biopsy on the new tumor in December, and it came back as no cancer!
- Went back to MDA in Feb 2013, had a PET scan. The scan showed complete response to therapy. No uptake.
- I just go home from MDA last week. I had another PET scan. It again showed complete response, no uptake.
So, Dr. Javle wants me to keep doing to GTX. I was doing it two week on, one week off. He said he thinks we can back off a little and do two weeks on two weeks off! I'm excited to get some extra time off!
For the transplant- because my liver functions are normal, bili is normal, ect it puts me at the very bottom of the list. Dr. Javle and the doctor at the Methodist hospital want me to travel to a few different centers and see if I can get placed on their list as well (TX has the longest wait).
While waiting I will keep doing chemo. I'm lucky to feel pretty good! My energy is low and I have a little chemo brain so Dr. Javle put me on provigil. It's helping a little! I'm in no pain and I can't stop eating, I even put on 10lbs since Christmas. Opps!
If there are any questions about my treatment or doctors feel free to reply here or send me an email!
Wife to Brian; Mommy to Carter (8) and Madison (4)
Liver transplant 7-9-2013