New Regime Again

Last spring I was offered Xeloda or Navelbine, either with a 30% chance of doing much. I tried the oral Xeloda over the summer and had a "vein access system" embedded to make my IVs a little easier and be ready for the Navelbine or whatever comes next after the Xeloda stops working. Treatments have been very easy with the port.

Last week I had an X-ray before talking with my oncologist and we decided to give up on the Xeloda and start Navelbine next Tuesday. The largest of the tumors in my lungs had grown from 2 to 3 centimeters over the summer. I'm not having any breathing troubles and could live for a long time with tumors hanging out in my lungs as long as they do not progress, so a change of strategy is needed. Time to stop these pests with a little more IV chemo. to tide me over until Tykerb, the next miracle drug for HER2 positive cancer patients, is approved by the Japanese government for use over here sometime this winter.

The Navelbine is derived from periwinkle plants and, like other plant alkaloid chemo drugs, is a little caustic. The weekly IV will be a short "push" instead of a long drip. No pre-chemo steroids or anti nausea meds are needed so it shouldn't make my Tuesday treatments too much longer, especially with the easy access port which will also keep the Navelbine from burning away at the veins at the access point.

In the meantime, it's school festival season and we plan to visit a few high schools so J and M can get a better idea of where they'd like to aim for when they take their respective high school entrance exams. J has pretty much decided already, but is interested in visiting a few more schools to validate her thoughts on it all.

N and L can tag along as there are lots of things for kids to enjoy at these festivals. I'll be glad for the comfort of my SAS shoes with all the standing on trains and buses and the hiking around, even if we need to change into slippers (which we have to bring with us) at most of the schools.