as Henry the IVth would say!!
Chemo starts tomorrow – ends ….who knows when!
OH accompanied me to my oncology assessment yesterday, before my first chemo tomorrow. We saw Dr H, my head oncologist and discussed the plans
I am definitely starting on the vinorelbine(navelbine) /herceptin combo. the plan is that I will have the vinorelbine(navelbine) intravenously every week and the herceptin added every three weeks. so its a bit of a pain going up to the hospital every week but it should only be for a short time each week. He says the side effects should be a lot milder than the taxotere. We discussed the trial and he said they might not start me on the trial as soon as it starts if the V/H combo is working. They would rather keep me on the V/H if it is working and swap to the trial or some other drugs if I start showing more progression on V/H. this means I could be on the V/H for quite a long time. As long as the side effects are as slight as he says I figure I will still be able to do my Uni studies etc and continue with treatment at the same time.
Yesterday’s appointment unfortunately did confirm that they think I am likely to continue to have recurrences and that is why the V/H treatment will continue as long as possible. Dr H said between that and other treatments we can hopefully control progression(cancer spreading) for quite a long time but he also said that there are no guarantees how long it will work for. This was sobering news for OH and I and in some ways I think it was harder on OH. After my little rollercoaster ride of a couple of weeks ago my mood is surprising good. I think I needed that week to recognise and deal with my feelings and now my mood is more the “ok lets get on with it again”
I have a bone scan booked for the 16th December so hopefully at my next assessment appointment in 3 weeks time I will hopefully get the all clear from that.
I will post again either tomorrow or Friday to let you know how treatment went