Summary of Round 2 – Florida
After finishing round one in New Jersey, Craig and I both made the decision to complete the rest of my treatment in Florida. As much as I miss the excitement of playoffs, I am blessed to be surrounded by my family and friends with multiple daily FaceTimes with my husband.
The goal of the second round was to have an additional three chemotherapies consisting of Carboplatin and 5FU. During this round, I was hospitalized from Thursday through Monday with my dear grandmother by my side 24 hours a day. Carboplatin was administered in four hours, and 5FU took 24 hours a bag. I needed four of them.
The first treatment of the second round went easier than the treatment in New Jersey. Some side effects included: loss of appetite resulting in more weigh loss, mouth sores, and severe headaches. At first, my uncle had to take me to the ER for IV’s fluids and medication for headaches. Then we did three days of IV fluids to get me back on my feet again. It took a good week to recover and be able to eat again.
Then another big scare came our way. During treatment, I noticed this uncomfortable pain on the top of my right breast. I decided to get a mammogram done to make sure it was not anything serious. They found a tiny benign cyst. They advised me to come back in six month that it was nothing. The diagnosis did not sit right with me and I asked for a biopsy. The biopsy confirmed their reading as a benign cyst. The reason I wanted to express this concern is I want everyone to be their own advocate and take the proper steps to guarantee your safety.
After waiting the 28 days, the second treatment began. It was the same procedure as the first treatment, however, the 5FU was stopped five hours early due to my white blood cells dropping dramatically. Besides all the side effects and hydration visits, I was set up for five Neupogen shots. Neupogen is a bone marrow stimulant. It can help the body create white blood cells after chemotherapy. A blood test confirmed my levels were rising.
Last week, I met with my oncologist to discuss the final round. A blood test confirmed my levels are too low to receive anymore chemotherapy. Statistics show 2/3 of patients can’t finish this brutal treatment. Any additional chemotherapy after the first initial round is said to be insurance to make sure you are washing the cancer out of your body. I am blessed I was able to do two of them. My mind would love to do the third one, but my body says no.
Now, the pet scan is schedule for the end of May. I keep praying it comes back cancer free.
P.S. EPSTEIN BAR VIRUS (EBV) (MONO VIRUS) CAUSES CANCER
First Round – 33 Radiations/3 Cisplatins (Completed)
Second Round – 2 Carboplatins/2 5FU’s (Completed)