What was supposed to be a 6 month chemo regimen only turned out to be 12 weeks. The chemotherapy wasn't as effective against the cancer as they had hoped and It turns out that each round was becoming more and more difficult for Terence so in all honesty, he (and I) were relieved.
We try not to think about what this really means but simply rejoice in the fact that he has some relief. He woke up today (after yesterdays infusion and having the urinary catheter removed) feeling like he has a new lease on life (amazing what an infusion can do!).
|Prayer to break the chain of cancer|
What next? Scans were moved up to the 17th, oncology review (and discussion of the next course of treatment) on the 18th and PICC line dressing changes and flushing on the 19th. It doesn't look like they are taking out the PICC line, so another chemo cocktail may be in his future. Not soon, we hope.
Terence's main oncology nurse said she was going to be proactive and begin to prepare all the insurance paper work for Zytiga (the newly FDA drug approved for POST chemo). It's a very expensive (5K a month) so she wants to get a head start on finding ways to get it in our hands in the least expensive manner.
Zytiga was recently approved by the FDA this year. I remember when Terence was newly diagnosed it was still in trial and our doctor said "hang on, there will be new drugs out there that will be ready for you when you need it". There are so many advances being made, that if you can literally can wait 6-12 moths, something new comes out. Unfortunately sometimes that is still not quick enough. Within the last 8 weeks, we have lost 3 friends to prostate cancer. So we understand now what Dr. M meant when he said "Hang on". He literally means, hang on, because there are advances being made, just hang on!!!! When dealing with a terminal diagnoses, 6 months means a lot.