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Systems are go!!

I got the results of my scan yesterday and am pleased to announce it was positive news.  And that all systems are go for our trip to Dreamworld.  They have even decreased my xeloda dosage slightly to allow me to enjoy the trip with fewer side effects. Yay!!

The interesting news was that unbeknown to me the final report on my March CT scan had shown another lesion/tumour had popped up between my December and March scans.  I didn’t see Dr H yesterday as he is away for a couple of weeks and so when the Dr standing in for him, Dr J said”they’ve both shrunk” I was like “what?!!” as I tweeted yesterday it appeared that the original tumour in  had a baby brother I didnt know about.

Because I know some of my family are nurses and there are other people who read my blog who want to know the medical stuff. I found a diagram of the liver and have drawn a picture to show the original size of the tumours and the size they are now.

from the Radiology Assistant

segments of the liver

The large one of the tumours diagrammed below is in segment 7 the smaller one in segment 2.   The darker pink outline is the size they are now and the lighter outline their original size in the March scans

tumour size

The larger one went from 4.2×3.9 cm to 3.2×2.8 cm. The smaller one was originally 3.1×1.8 cm and is now 2.6×1.4 cm.  As you can see there has been a quite good reduction in both of them so we will keep on with the xeloda and hopefully when I have another scan in a couple of months time it will show further shrinkage.

Dr J also signed the mobility card application – we discussed how I didn’t always need it but that there were days that I did and rather than me be stuck at home like I was last week with my feet and also when fatigue was the worst this would allow me to get out a bit more on those sort of days.

She also decreased the dosage as the hand foot syndrome has got worse this round and also been affecting my lips – which are very dry and cracked regardless of what I put on them.  She partly decreased the dosage to aid my enjoyment of our time away on holiday without too many adverse side effects.

We will reevaluate the dosage levels when I have my appointment on the 27th.

Even though it was a bit of a shock to find out that there was two not one liver metastases,  I’m feeling really happy.  We get to go on our trip and we know the Xeloda is working.

That is all I need to make me happy right now.


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  1. Sis M

     /  July 6, 2011

    Good to have the good news – enjoy Oz

  2. However many there are they are being zapped by the xeloda and that is good news. I am so happy for you! Have a great time on holiday and enjoy and rest! Then you can let me know what “Dreamworld” is…Is it like an amusement park? Hugs!

  3. Wow! I’m so happy for you Jenny! I’m sorry you have second met but am glad that it gives you twice as much to celebrate today. I know that feeling of relief when you get proof the drug is working…it’s so hard to describe but such an overwhelming sense of joy. It helps make the side effects just a little more tolerable too doesn’t it?

    Enjoy your much deserved holiday 🙂

  4. feistybluegecko

     /  July 6, 2011

    I was relieved to see your tweet and although little brother is not welcome, it is indeed good that both siblings are shrinking. I’m so glad that your holiday is all on, have a fantastic time! Big hugs P x


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