Time for a cancer update – and rather a gloomy one, I’m afraid.
Round about the time that we had declared the first attempt at chemo a success, the cancer fought back. The pain and discomfort, from an increasingly swollen stomach, have crept up, and the energy levels shrank back. To start with I carried on a programme of a bit more activity, but each time I did more, I was more exhausted. My stomach is now swollen like it was last December, when I last had in drained. The swelling is a common side-effect of cancer activity.
The drugs I used were oxalyplatin, capecitabine and avastin. They are known to work well, but often not for long, as the cancer gets the better of them.
So I spoke to the consultant and now we have arranged a stomach drain for Monday, and a different course of chemo, the drugs being irinetocan (5FU), folinic acid (FOLFIRI) and Cetuximab, starting on Friday. In the meantime, but for the stomach drain, I am not straying far from my bed.
My friend David is at a similar stage of bowel cancer to me, and has just started on Cetuximab, and says he is feeling far better with it, so I’m irrationally optimistic about it!
Thank you all very much for all your kind thoughts, and prayers, religious or otherwise