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Just checking in....:D

I had to go off the Tarceva just one day after my last post...(7/27/07). I came down with a vicious infection and spent a week in bed with fever and chills.:( I thought it was from the Tarceva but my Doc doesn't think so. She thought perhaps it was an infection from a sting or infected bug bite - with the lymphedema I'm more susceptible to sepsis type of infection...I went off of Tarceva for a month then began again at a lower dosage..(just in case);) .

Though my scans from April and June show I have an active cancer again in my left groin area - the cancer didn't appear to grow much between the scans..This was before Tarceva. I go for follow up scans in October to see if the Tarceva is working. I have a mild rash and my finger tips are very dry. I have fits of itching some times but nothing too bad. I had pneumonia last February thanks to a nasty virus my teenager brought home from school..and my Doc worried that the cancer may be trying to spread to my lungs. The April scans showed leftover pneumonia as did June's. I haven't felt any symptoms in my lungs since the pneumonia. I did notice however, after starting the tarceva, that my breaths are deeper....So my next scan should be interesting...

I feel great. No weight loss, no hair loss, pain in my leg is from over use. The lump that is the cancer seems to be stable - hasn't enlarged since April...So I'm curious to see what my check up shows.

They are beginning to use Tarceva on various types of cancer now. It was originally designed for NSCLC and Pancreatic cancer. It was only prescribed after regular chemotherapy stopped working. Now - they are trying it as a first line treatment for various types of cancer with different primary sites or unknown primary sites.. I've also seen new studies that combine Tarceva with other meds like Celebrex, Artemisinin, and other targeted types of cancer therapies. With these targeted cancer therapies - the cancer industry is now claiming that cancer can become a treatable "chronic" illness - much like diabetes and thyroid disease. I've heard many recent statements in the media - referring to cancer in the near future as a chronic disease instead of a death sentence....:) Let's pray this is achieved in our lifetimes.

Anyway - just an update.:D I'm still kicking! Still taking the kids to school and working on my house projects and living life normally.

Thank you for your prayers!;)

(PS - I noticed how many views this thread has had...Wow! Why so many?)
[QUOTE=DJW;3232440]Just checking in....:D

I had to go off the Tarceva just one day after my last post...(7/27/07). I came down with a vicious infection and spent a week in bed with fever and chills.:( I thought it was from the Tarceva but my Doc doesn't think so. She thought perhaps it was an infection from a sting or infected bug bite - with the lymphedema I'm more susceptible to sepsis type of infection...I went off of Tarceva for a month then began again at a lower dosage..(just in case);) .

Though my scans from April and June show I have an active cancer again in my left groin area - the cancer didn't appear to grow much between the scans..This was before Tarceva. I go for follow up scans in October to see if the Tarceva is working. I have a mild rash and my finger tips are very dry. I have fits of itching some times but nothing too bad. I had pneumonia last February thanks to a nasty virus my teenager brought home from school..and my Doc worried that the cancer may be trying to spread to my lungs. The April scans showed leftover pneumonia as did June's. I haven't felt any symptoms in my lungs since the pneumonia. I did notice however, after starting the tarceva, that my breaths are deeper....So my next scan should be interesting...

I feel great. No weight loss, no hair loss, pain in my leg is from over use. The lump that is the cancer seems to be stable - hasn't enlarged since April...So I'm curious to see what my check up shows.

They are beginning to use Tarceva on various types of cancer now. It was originally designed for NSCLC and Pancreatic cancer. It was only prescribed after regular chemotherapy stopped working. Now - they are trying it as a first line treatment for various types of cancer with different primary sites or unknown primary sites.. I've also seen new studies that combine Tarceva with other meds like Celebrex, Artemisinin, and other targeted types of cancer therapies. With these targeted cancer therapies - the cancer industry is now claiming that cancer can become a treatable "chronic" illness - much like diabetes and thyroid disease. I've heard many recent statements in the media - referring to cancer in the near future as a chronic disease instead of a death sentence....:) Let's pray this is achieved in our lifetimes.

Anyway - just an update.:D I'm still kicking! Still taking the kids to school and working on my house projects and living life normally.

Thank you for your prayers!;)

(PS - I noticed how many views this thread has had...Wow! Why so many?)

Hi DJW,
Good to see you here...sounds like you've been through quite a bit, but are back on track again.

I remember when my Mom was going through her third round of chemo for 3rd stage breast cancer, her doctor said the same thing about its being a chronic, treatable illness. Of course we all hope to be "cured", but if we can get many, many more years of life, with a decent quality, that's almost as good as being cured.

I send up prayers daily for you and all who are battling any form of this illness. Stop in occasionally to keep us posted.

Ruth
Just checking in again...:)

I had ct scans performed after one month on the Tarceva/Celebrex combination..(see above posts for explanation about those meds..)

My tumor has not grown at all in that month! :D I'll be darned!
This combination of meds appears to have halted the tumors growth for now. I go back for a follow up scan in January to check again...Hopefully I will see shrinkage in the tumor at that time... If not - we have other options to try...

Can you believe it?:D I am so relieved to have a couple of months off of worrying about cancer - so I can enjoy the holidays!
Ruth, and all,

Just checking in!

I'm still feeling fine and just rushing around getting things ready for the holidays. (And so grateful to have these times with my family! ).

The tumor doesn't appear to have grown at all since my last post and I've actually had days with no leg pain - which could just mean the lymphedema is resolving finally..:) I'm still on the Tarceva/Celebrex combo and have upped my dosage of Celebrex to 600 mg per day.

Hoping you and yours a very Merry Christmas and healthy New Year!

:D
Just checking in again!

I went for my latest check up in mid January. The scans showed some incredible results! There was still no growth in tumor and the mets areas in my lungs were dying! I was stunned! :D

I honestly thought I was going to have bad news at this check up because my leg has been giving me so much pain. I had an infection in the lymphedema and it was taking forever to get it under control. I (of course) assumed that the pain was from cancer growth...:rolleyes: )

I am now stable! :D And I don't go back until the end of March. If I remain stable at that time my check ups go to every 3 months instead of 2.

I am still on Tarceva, Celebrex and Doxycycline. (see previous posts.)

I hope all are well!

Happy New Year! :D