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March 03, 2005

Popping Cancer Update: First round of tests coming.

At the end of next week, I'll be taking a CAT scan to determine what, if anything, the chemotherapy has been doing to the tumors.

If the tumors are significantly smaller, I jump right into another round of chemotherapy. If not, we enter discussions.

If there has been no change in the tumors, though, I at least have the comfort of knowing it hasn't been for lack of trying. This chemotherapy I've been getting is the most brutal I've ever had.

When I was younger, it was harder to get through chemo because the anti-nausea drugs weren't up to par yet, so I had to suffer through more physical side effects than I am now. However, as my doctor has indicated, this time we are being very aggressive with the treatment. The sarcoma I have now is a high grade tumor and isn't afraid to spread pretty quickly.

I have noticed little things that indicate they are hitting my body with the chemo poison pretty hard - sore kidneys, worse fatigue for longer periods of time (when I was a kid, I was usually feeling fine about a week after chemo - not now), and other less savory side effects.

Once again, the CAT scan will come at the end of next week some time. It'll be nice to know one way or the other if all this nonsense is making any difference.

Posted by Dan at March 3, 2005 07:29 AM

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