Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The End is in Sight
I will continue getting IV drips of Zometa every three months. That's OK. I'll also have to go in monthly and get my port flushed. My veins are pretty well gone after all this.
Some people are often afraid to stop chemo. I'm ready. I know that it can come back after stopping, in fact I've had several friends have to handle that. The good thing is that there are more treatment availble for people who have had breast cancer and failed on other chemo treatments. I am constantly amazed at how much more is out there than there was 14 years. ago.
I'm also amazed at how the anti-nausea drugs have chnged. CAF (Cytoxin/Adriamycin/Flourilacil or 5Fu) was hard for me. The woman I sat next to two months ago was amazed that I had had a hard time with it in 1994....they have changed the nausea drugs and how they administer it so it is much easier now.
I'm looking forward to having my eyesight come back, then my sense of taste, and NOT having my tongue dry out at night. I'm also looking forward to hopefully getting feeling back in my hands and feet. It has been a bummer not being able to drive where I want when I want and not being able to read much.
I am less happy that the progress of developing new drugs is based often politics and money. Drug companies don't put the effort into getting drugs certified if they are not going to make a lot of money on it. People who have rare cancers often have to wait until someone either does an end run (not very common, but it has been done) or it becomes expedient. Not what I like to think about. I don't know what the answer to this problem is....I just want this scourge to stop...whether it is breast, pancreatic, ovarian, lung or whatever cancer.