Monday, December 1, 2008

First appointment after surgery

Mom went to her first oncology appointment. This is the first doctor of two she'll try. She loved her, which is GREAT. When the doctor was talking to mom about the chemo treatments, she started to feel very hot, and went out for a drink. Next thing she knew, she had nurses all over her...she almost fainted. Obviously the idea of chemo is still the big hurdle, but the doctor is telling her that she can have her chemo and drive home from the treatment. She doesn't have to get sick.

There are quite a few options. The IP (or the abdominal adminstration of chemo) is out because mom does not want to do that one. They also have two drugs they give her every three weeks for a total of 4 months. On top of that, they have a clinical trial that involves Avastin ( were on top of THAT drug!!) and placebo. There are three different arms of the clinical trial and mom and dad wouldn't know which arm she'd be trying, but Avastin has some positive things written on the internet, and I hope they choose to do that.

I'm relieved. Mom sounds good. Dad has facts swarming in his head, and I'm sure he's dying to go home and read all about it on the computer. All in all, it sounds like it was a positive experience!!!

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