Sunday, September 14, 2008

PET Scan Results

I talked with my oncologist on Saturday, and she said there's a little more cancer in my liver, so she suggested trying a new treatment. She gave me some different options and said it's not an emergency, so I have time to think it over. I'll call her back with my decision--or to talk more about it on Friday (Sept. 26th).

Switch from taking Femara every day to taking Faslodax (hormone therapy drugs). She said she'd give this a 20% chance of working.

Chemotherapy in the form of a pill called Xeloda that I'd take twice a day (3 pills at a time). She gives this about a 40% chance of working.

Chemo in the form of an IV of Adriamycin (probably every three weeks--I'm guessing)--possibly along with a pill called Sutent.

Chemo in the form of an IV of Taxol--along with a pill called Avastin.

Each of these has their own set of lovely side effects. My oncologist seems to lean toward option 2.

I will also be meeting with my Homeopathic Dr. by videoconference on Tuesday to discuss whether I need to change any of my homeopathic remedies. I feel they've been working since my blood has improved (red, white blood cell counts). Now if we could just get the liver cleaned up.

And who knows--maybe death is inevitable (well--of course it is-- we're all going to die someday)--but I still cling to the hope for a miracle. So either I'll be miraculously cured, or I'll miraculously die.

Bry says he feels like we have a steam roller slowly coming towards us. We can see it coming, but aren't sure exactly when it's going to hit. Well, isn't that lovely. Happy thoughts!!


tatum said...

okay, so at least you know what is going on......the known is better than the unknown. and at least you have so many options to pick from, better than no options. i am with you though, i am hoping and BELIEVE that a miracle will happen, you just have to tolerate these barbaric treatments until they come up with something better. no fun. you are a good person jen, and i love you! sorry this happening to you. your doing everything you should, keep smiling! =)

Our Life In Sunny SoCal said...

Argh! Life can seem so unfair at times. Doors # 1,2,3 & 4. How about Door #5 and complete miraculous cure? Or Door #6 with a new set of options? Prayers going up for you and positive thoughts going out to you - so much can be achieved with that positive outlook you continue to exude, even if it's just that life will be lived to it's fullest while there is any breath left to give. Thank you for your shared thoughts and your faith and hope throughout all of these experiences. We love you!

Anonymous said...

I love what "Our Life in Sunny SoCal" said. I'm with her. Let's pick door #5 or #6. By-the-way, I love those pictures you posted of your family. Very nice. I wish I had some comforting words. Just know that whatever option you choose, I will be there to massage your feet. Sure love ya! Connie

Diana said...

I found your blog somehow and have been reading it for a while. Not sure if I have ever posted or not. I just want to say that I am praying for a miracle for you also. I can not imagine what you and your family are going through. You are a true inspiration to all of us.

Autumn & Chris said...

Hey Sweet Lady-
My prayers are with ya... You know what's best for you so hang in there and know you're loved and being prayed for and your miracle will come in some way or another. I'm sorry this is happening.
Love ya,

Erin said...

Let us know what we can do to help. Even if it's just keeping you and Bryan distracted for a while. We'd love to go out to dinner or something on one of your date nights.

Angela Strong said...

You are so funny even in light of what's happening. You know you are like half my brain....half of me, so when you are hurting or sad I am sad with you. When you are happy and good I am right there with you. I love that we have been friends for what now seems like forever and that we have shared a great many things. We still have many wonderful and painful times ahead of us, but I know that through Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and your family and friends anything is possible. You are my inspiration and hero. You are and always will be "Super Jewkes" and that's just the way I see you! Like Sam said... we are your family, kissin' cousins!

Marci said...

Your attitude is amazing. We're all hoping for "miraculously cured" for sure - and that is what we are praying for as well. Love you!

Tara Hoppie said...

Everybody else's comments were so beautiful and they seem to describe exactly the way I feel about you and your situation. So, I will just say "ditto".

Kamille said...

ummm....Cancer SUCKS!!!! Hope you are enjoying your time in AK away from reality. Love you.