On Beyond Cancer

My life with metastatic breast cancer

Started a new chemo combo today June 11, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — onbeyondcancer @ 2:22 pm

Dr T was working on trying to get me into a trial, but over the last few days I’ve been feeling sick.  Today I decided it was time to come in for a doctors visit.  I have had swelling in my legs, abdomen, and one of arms.  Also pain in my abdomen, hips, lower back, shoulder, and legs.  I have been managing OK with 3 pain pills a day, but today the abdominal swelling was making it hard to breath deeply.  Dr T said I have ascites, a kind of abdominal swelling caused by liver problems.  One of the medical assistants thought I was pregnant and I gained 4 pounds of water weight.  Dr T was also concerned with my breathing.  She said we can’t wait for the trial.  I am getting chemo right now, a combo of carboplatin and taxol.  Most common side effects are low blood counts, fatigue, and hair loss.  My premeds are 2 nausea drugs Emend and Aloxi, Benadryl, Pepcid, and Decadron (a steroid).  I am feeling ok and really glad I decided to come in today.


15 Responses to “Started a new chemo combo today”

  1. Clarke, Wilford E Says:

    Hang in there sweetie….. We Love You. Dad & Tina

    Bill Clarke | Technical Solution Architect, Senior Director | Cloud Services | NTT DATA Inc | 410.353.9569 | Wilford.Clarke@nttdata.com

  2. Good luck with the new combo, Karissa. I hope the ascites will disappear again soon.

  3. Aunt Amy Says:

    Sorry to here your not feeling well. Any word on your appointment in NY?

  4. Jennifer D Says:

    I’m sorry that you’re not feeling well but I’m so happy you were able to go in last minute and get so much accomplished. Praying this combo works for you while they look into your other options. Please let me know if I can help you in any way. I feel ok just tired. Happy to drive you around! It was fun. No appointments for me tomorrow and just OT at Somerset on Friday. Feel better.

  5. Sonya Says:

    Hang in there, we’re all here for you.

  6. Robin Says:

    Hugs. Love you and know we are all rooting for you.

  7. Pam Says:

    Karissa, I’d get on my cheerleading outfit and create some short of cheer for you, but I think it would be too awkward. So, put more simply, I hope this new combo works quickly! – Pam

  8. Jennifer Gilbertson Says:

    I 2nd what Pam says (though I don’t have an old cheerleading outfit–doh!). You deserve to feel much better than you do and I want you to know that we are sending you ONE BIG BEAR HUG so that you know we are wishing you well. Keep us posted on how those new meds are working for you. With much love, Jennifer & Family 🙂 =)

  9. marie m. Says:


    We hope that you are feeling better and we are thinking of you. If you need anything please let me know.



  10. Aunt Cindy Says:

    Sending you a big hug and lots of love. Can’t wait to see you!

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