Sandra had her scan results taken half way through Gem/Carbo cycles. Although CA was dropping (awaiting this weeks score) the scan showed what is termed as Stable. This means no new spread or increase but no shrinkage either. The decision was made to stop chemo as it was having little effect, take a chemo break and get over the chemo fatigue and adopt monthly check ups. There are not many options left after doing 5 lines of treatment but we discussed the possible use of Tamoxifen to slow things down on the next check up or perhaps trying single agent Caelyx if chemo is deemed necessary. Sandra has had Caelyx before and found it tolerable so its an option for the future. In summary, Sandra is pleased to be off treatment for the time being but we are fully aware that the disease although stable is still invading her bowel and rectum, her plueral effusion is unchanged, chest deposits also unchanged we are now taking a huge gamble wondering what the next 4 weeks will do to her body, will it remain stable or will we encounter new problems with bowel and lungs. The dice have been rolled...........lets see where they end.? love Paul and Sandra xx
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