Not been on the forum for a while but today was a bit tearful so wanted to update those who know me from a while back.
I have metastatic breast cancer, diagnosed in January 2014. I had 5 months of chemo which I went through without too much mishap. This finished on 21 May and from that date onwards I have been on monthly blood test monitoring, till the CT scan which I had on 2 September. The blood test results have shown the cancer markers to be stable and at a low level. However, I had a neck lump appear in early July, another in August and most recently on Monday 15th a lump popped up under my chin.
Over the summer I had an absolute ball in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games and loved lots of walking during a very pleasant week in Dorset. I have had some concerns about the lumps and have been into the hospital each time there has been a change. I have been given lots of reassurance there was nothing to worry about as my blood test results were looking good. So I have got on with life and done my best to put this lot to the back of my mind.
Today was the scheduled appointment with the oncologist for a three month review based primarily upon the CT scan results. This shows new enlarged lymph nodes in a few places, the largest being 16.2mm. The oncologist said I would need to have chemo again. Apparently I needed to give my body a three month break before I could have more chemo, and that time has now passed. There were a couple of options - a weekly taxol being administered, or 6 x taxol at three weekly intervals. The weekly taxol treatment (paclitaxel) is supposed to be a bit kinder, but obviously the patient needs to be able to attend hospital for a half day per week. It won't start just yet because it all needs to be scheduled and that will be according to priority (patients with life-threatening need for chemo being top). Apparently there is a 'holiday' week once every 4 weeks.
I asked for copies of the reports of the CT scan and also the blood tests. The blood test results showed that the liver function test had not been possible using the sample given, and a retest was advised. I therefore followed up on this and a repeat test was done today.
So its a bummer it is back so quickly and I'm just questioning a few things. I'll probably have a chat to one of the Cancerchat nurses in the morning. The enlarged lymph in the liver area bothers me greatly seeing as these lumps seem to pop up, so really would like to get treatment in hand as soon as possible.
Another battle ahead, just gotta keep kicking it.