10.14.2009

A Little Radiation Before Tykerb

The "lifetime limit" for one of the chemo drugs in my regimen is six to eight treatments so I'd been expecting to hear about the next step sometime this month as I'd already had six. Last week's CT scan showed tumor progress so there is no reason to stay on for another treatment or two. While I take a break from chemo, I'll be heading downtown every day for radiation to my pelvis to get rid of the pain in the... but I'll still remember to take my meds for a while until my ten days of rads kick in.

In mid November I'll start and oral drug that was recently approved in Japan, lapatinib (Tykerb), and an oral chemo drug capecitabine (Xeloda). The Tykerb works like the Herceptin I had and supposed is more effective when used with Xeloda. I've had Xeloda before without any side effects but also without much tumor shrinkage. I've heard good thing though from ladies who've been on Tykerb with and without Xeloda. I'll continue to get monthly Zoladex IVs for the bones.

6 comments:

Girl Japan: April Marie said...

Kathy... I am rooting you on (sp)? I know you can beat the "c"... I'm rooting for you!!!!


let me know if there is anything I can do!!!!!

Jane said...

I came to your blog after a link from Cecilia in Japan and have read most of it. You are an inspiration- so positive! And having four children (and coping) is amazing. I have two and it's pretty full on. Thanks for sharing your life. Jane

Anonymous said...

I am still logging onto your blog to see how you are doing. I loved the photos of your trip. If the Xeloda doesn't help you may want to ask your doc about Herceptin and Tykerb together.
I am cheering for you from Hawaii.

ElaineM said...

That was me. I forgot to type my name.

Anonymous said...

When I was just really feeling sorry for myself after watching the long suffering and death of my mother....I read your blog and feel almost ashamed ,not for feeling sad but feeling sorry for myself.
Kathy,you are very strong , don't give up . I admire your "face and conquer" attitude and your children are very blessed to have such a devoted mother. I will be praying for you.
Michelle Bobbette Dolan

Montana said...

Hi Kathy,

I'm an MIJer who has been following the updates on you. I'm sending you prayers and good wishes for the day and the future! For your dear children as well!
Love and hugs,
Tana in Boston