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#87539 - 07/14/10 12:13 AM Re: Personal Note
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Thanks for checking up. The chemo has knocked back the cancer pretty significantly.

Unfortunately, the side effects are becoming a big issue. She had a few days where she experienced dizziness. She just went for hearing tests and it shows that the chemo has affected the nerves to her ear. According to the oncologist, they may have to stop part of the chemo because of it. She currently gets 3 drugs, one of which is known to cause this side effect. Of course, there's no way to tell which drug is most effective against her cancer. I'll know more next week.
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#87540 - 07/14/10 10:56 AM Re: Personal Note
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Best of luck Bruce. We're all thinking of you both.
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#87541 - 07/14/10 05:31 PM Re: Personal Note
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#87542 - 07/15/10 10:31 PM Re: Personal Note
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Hope all goes well!
This forum is way better than others. A lot of that is due to your informative posts. Nothing is more important than family especially Mother. WE are all pulling for her and for you cause this has to be tough to deal with. Best wishes
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#87543 - 07/16/10 08:28 AM Re: Personal Note
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Bruce,

We think of you often in even in your absence here.. We wish you and your mom the best.

Good luck in this very hard times.

Thanks for stopping back and giving us updates.

JB
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#106345 - 11/09/10 07:57 PM Re: Personal Note [Re: BruceF]
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Thanks for all the concern and well wishes.

The cancer remains stable. That's about as good as it gets. The main tumor has shrunk and the cancer never truly disappears in this case.

They changed the chemo regimen about a month ago. She was getting 3 chemo drugs. They dropped Cisplatin as they don't like having people on it for more than 6 months because of the side effects. That was becoming a big issue as it affects the nerves, taste, etc. In that respect, by dropping this, she has notices some improvement in those areas.
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#106346 - 11/09/10 09:04 PM Re: Personal Note [Re: BruceF]
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Good to hear they dropped one of the drugs and that the tumor has shrunk. Your a good son and I hope your taking good care of yourself as well.

Hope you get to enjoy your corvette driving experience as well.

JB
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#106349 - 11/09/10 10:03 PM Re: Personal Note [Re: BruceF]
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The Corvette is my only car. All this running around means I'm driving it more than usual. The only downside is I don't have as much time to work on and maintain it as much as I'd like.

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#106367 - 11/11/10 01:36 PM Re: Personal Note [Re: BruceF]
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I hope all goes as well as it can
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#106899 - 12/21/10 01:45 PM Re: Personal Note [Re: VETTEX2]
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Here is wishing you and your Mother Merry Christmas Bruce.
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#107775 - 03/16/11 11:44 PM Re: Personal Note [Re: BruceF]
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Thanks again for your wishes, prayers and concern. Since it's been a while and I've gotten a couple of PMs about it, here's an update.

My Mom continues to do very well. The CT scan continues to show that everything is stable.

They have discontinued the 2nd chemo drug about 6 weeks ago. And just lowered the dosage of the 3rd and final chemo drug in the original mix. They've done this because the side effects become an issue. Specifically, my Mom's thumb and first few fingers become hot, swollen and painful a few days after the chemo cycle starts. To the point where holding a sandwich hurt.

While it may sound bad, she's actually gone past 1 year in treatment. And has tolerated the chemo better than most people. Her hair has been growing back. And her taste buds returned. Hopefully this progress will continue for a long time. smile

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#107777 - 03/17/11 09:13 AM Re: Personal Note [Re: BruceF]
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Good news for sure Bruce. We will keep her and your family in our thoughts.
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#107781 - 03/17/11 11:56 AM Re: Personal Note [Re: BruceF]
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I hope that she continues to improve!

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#107782 - 03/17/11 12:27 PM Re: Personal Note [Re: jrose7004]
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Great news.
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#107789 - 03/17/11 03:55 PM Re: Personal Note [Re: BruceF]
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Definitely good news

I have an aunt who found a lump in her neck a few years ago. She had it removed and went through chemo and radiation for a while. I don't have all of the details, but she's no longer getting treatment and I believe she's been declared cancer free. Sometimes there is a happy ending.

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