On Beyond Cancer

My life with metastatic breast cancer

Feeling better June 22, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — onbeyondcancer @ 9:22 pm

I haven’t had much chance to write this week, but I did want to give some updates.  I had chemo again this Wednesday.  We did the chemo teaching session first to learn about side effects; nothing new, just the usual.  I have a lot of swelling in my legs, so they did a precautionary ultrasound just to make sure there were no blood clots and everything was fine.  As my liver function improves on chemo the swelling will likely go down.  I ordered a pair of high quality compression knee highs for the meantime from the company that makes the arm sleeves I like.

I lost about 4 lbs of water weight last week so the ascites is greatly improved and I am so much more comfortable.  My liver function blood tests look good too.  I feel very hopeful about this chemo combination.  My friend Diana is taking one of the drugs with excellent results, especially for her liver.  The nurses were shocked that I noticed changes so quickly. 

I also got a hard copy of my CT results from last week.  Reading the report myself, when I was clear headed, I noticed a few important points:
1. The “majority” of the right lobe of my liver has tumors, but not all.  Majority is a bit vague.  More than 50% but less than 100%?
2.  They couldn’t determine if what they saw in my lung was inflammation, infection, or tumor.  Since my liver is just underneath and probably swollen, inflammation seems possible.
3.  They were comparing it to my previous CT which was a year ago, not more recent PET scans.  Apples to apples, but a lot has changed in the last year.
4.  With some quick internet research I learned that it is nearly impossible to tell whether there is carcinomatosis (tumors in ascites fluid) from a CT scan, so of course its possible, but I’m not sure it is useful or accurate.

All of this to say, I’m staying positive, one day at a time.  I’ve been able to get out of the house a few times since Wednesday’s chemo; visited my Great Aunt Betty and even went swimming.

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9 Responses to “Feeling better”

  1. Kathy Clarke Says:

    I read this as good news. I am praying for you daily and thank you for your strength and updates. Keep the faith!

  2. Clarke, Wilford E Says:

    Great news! We’re glad to hear it. Love, Dad & Tina

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

  3. Margie Says:

    Glad you are feeling better, Dr. Hahn!!!:) Love, Mom

  4. I also read it as good news. Clinical benefit, noticed by the patient, is often the best indication. Hope your ascites has disappeared!
    I am glad to hear you are no longer house-bound. And even went swimming!

  5. Aunt Amy Says:

    Hoping this chemo is a winner!

  6. Jennifer D Says:

    That’s a good update! I’m glad you’re doing better. When you go for your second opinion at Sloan their radiologist etc. re-read all your scans, slides, etc.. So maybe the questions about your latest CT scan you can ask tomorrow. More positive thoughts and prayers coming your way.


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