michiganjan Posted April 30, 2006 Report Share Posted April 30, 2006 I have had some emails from members of this forum asking how my husband, Jeff, is doing with his cancer, so decided to post an update now.Jeff just finished his 19th round of chemo. He has had stable disease for several months now, meaning he has 4 liver tumors and either a lymph node or part of the original tumor that still shows active cancer on his PET scan. The status of these cancers have not changed much in the last 6 months. After his very first round of 3 chemos, his cancer shrank considerably, but has been stable since then. This means the chemo is holding it but not gaining on it. So we appreciate all those who continue to pray for us.Now he has weekly chemo, every Friday. Right now he has a really bad rash on his face, neck, top of head, and chest and he has many little cuts on all his fingers. This is caused by the erbitux (one of his chemo drugs). In 2 more weeks he will have another CT scan to evaluate how the erbitux (his latest chemo addition) has worked. At that time, we will reevaluate whether he is a candidate to recieve an new treatment for liver tumors that involves placing plastic spheres that carry radiation into his liver tumors via a guided angiogram. If the current chemo has reduced the cancer that is not in the liver and only the liver tumors remain, we will likely do this 2 months after quitting the erbitux (which cannot be used at the same time the spheres are given).As I am writing this, he is out in the garage on a ladder painting the walls. He has moved everything in the garage in order to paint, and hung new pegboard, and is reorganizing everything. I am happy he has a project he can do and that he feels well enough to do it. He is even painting the garage 2 tone with chair rail where the two colors meet. My! we will certainly have a spiffy garage!I have been able to work in the yard quite a bit which I couldn't do the last few years because of my severe sun sensitivity. I do not know if it is because it has been so cool and overcast here or if the sensitivity is a little better. Keep your fingers crossed that I can still go out once Summer really gets here. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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