Hi everyone thanks for the replies. My mom did get a CT today and hopefully she gets the results before her next doctors appointment since that is not until Aug. I figure if there is progression he will call her and that it will be it for chemo for her so I feel a bit anxious and am glad I got to escape to Ventura with my friend today. Now I have to keep busy the rest of the week and try not to worry about the CT results,as my mom would say " worring will not change them"!~
Ron, I know Doctors can use drugs "off label" but that can open them up to lawsuites. We use drugs off label quite often at work but not all doctors are willing to do so and my mom's oncologist appears to be one of those. I hope Bec is doing well and is able to enjoy the summer.I also hope that you are doing ok as I know how rough this all is and how we caretakers tend to not take such good care of ourselves.
Kim, I am so very sorry to hear that Stan is still having a difficult time. I hate the fact that the chemo can be so difficult on some people . I think about you and Stan and your boys alot.Being a grown up and having to deal with my mom's cancer and knowing how difficult that is makes me really sad that your boys have to deal with their dad's cancer while they are still kids. I think of how my nephews would suffer if that was their dad so have no trouble imagining how hard it is on your boys.
My mom has not had any liver pain and her liver function tests are normal.It is really amazing how the liver can suffer major damage and still function. I am hoping that her CEA being down means those liver mets are behaving and not progressing but I guess we will not know until we get the CT results.
Pat as always it is nice to hear from you and I always pray that you beat this disease as we need such a person here!
Helter, I know how awful it is to watch someone hemorrage to death as I have seen it happen but any of the chemo drugs have side effects that can kill. I also doubt if there were that many elderly people in the clinical trials to really prove that it is more of a risk to them as it seems most elderly people with advanced lung cancer don't get very aggressive treatments or get included in many clinical trials due to their health issues.I also feel if one is terminal that risks such as that imposed by avastin should be their choice as there is the chance it may help them and to some that chance is worth the risk. I think stopping the avastin at first sign of bleeding like they did for Renea's husband is sometimes possible as not all bleeds start out as life threatening, besides my mom has not had any active cancer in her lungs since the Tarceva so there is no tumor there to bleed unless this next scan shows some lung activilty.
Jan I am so happy that Bud is able to enjoy the summer as I remember how sick he was at Christmas time. I hope that Avastin gives him long lasting results and that it continues to work for him for a long time.
You said Bud acts like he might not be here for christmas weird as my mom has started using the phrase " WHEN I die", she use to say things like " IF I die before your dad" or IF I die before ...what ever she is talking about but If is now replaced with WHEN, so I guess she is accepting the fact that her time may be limited.It is sort of sad to see that change but we do not say what do you mean" When"? as we all know the end could be near especially if the doctor stops the chemo.
As for Bandit I bet he is cute! Is he ball crazy?To make a good flyball dog they need to be ball crazy. Use a ball as a training reward, he does something you teach him throw the ball instead of giving him a treat. The agility club has Flyball classes but my dogs never took them. I started them out by learning hurdles made of PVC pipes and setting up 4 in a row (very low hurdles for a puppy) Then I would key them up with a ball and get them to where they wanted that ball.place it on the ground a few feet after the last hurdle then take them to the first one and release them and say "get the ball"," over" (which they know means jump the hurdle) and repeat it for each hurdle then call them back over the hurdles the same way while waving a toy as a reward. once they learned that I started playing with the flyball boxes and tied it all together,classes are much easier!
Currently only one of them will play flyball as since she "owns" all the toys the other dog is submissive and quite playing with toys so as not to anger her, but he will do the flyball hurdles to get a hot dog off the top of the box and come back over them to me for a treat( his motivator is treats not toys or balls). My dogs both do agility but dogs need to be a least a year as puppies can injure joints jumping. Both are alot of fun and for a border collie type dog one needs such an outlet unless you do someting else like herding.
Well I think I had better get to bed as I want to get up early and get the one dog to the self wash dog wash so he is clean for his recheck at the vets..he got real sick real fast a week ago but is doing much better now
As always you will all be in my prayers again tonight and in my thoughts quite often. Have a good day, Janmarie