02 March 2006

Back at It

Home at last from a long day. Work was busy this morning, then I headed to chemo with GH at 1:00. It was actually nice to see everyone--after a year and a half of this, we know all the nurses pretty well--and it was especially fun to show off the belly. Everyone there is so happy for us. They don't get a lot of baby news on the chemo ward, so it's a nice change of pace for them.

News from the doc was mixed to bad. GH's platelet count hovers around 50K, quite low, and actually lower than it was preradiation. The oncologist put him back on a regimen that was very successful for him for a long time (Gemzar + Avastin), but since the Gemzar caused the low platelets in the first place, it's unclear how long we'll be able to keep this up. The oncologist (who is seriously awesome and deserves a nickname, but I can't come up with a good one) says that she'll tolerate platelet counts as low as 25K, and treatments will be scheduled on a week-by-week basis as blood test results come in. At least we got some poison infused today. Let's hope it does its job and does it well.

The oncologist also mentioned the she received a mailing from the NIH re: a new antibody study being done on pancreatic cancer. They are recruiting patients now. Evidently being involved would mean a trip to DC, but she's going to call and find out what the criteria are, what other trials have been done using the antibodies, etc. We'll see. Could be the next big thing.

I think I'm done for the night. Sweet dreams, everyone.

1 comment:

Yankee T said...

I'm sure you bring so much joy to the chemo crowd, with your babies-yet-to-be.
Sorry everything else is so tough.