Treatment 9 of 12 (10/18/2012)

It rained most of the way from Marshall to UMHC. We arrived around 8:15am today (15 minutes late).  Blood draw and port hook up took about 35 minutes (much longer than normal).  Then after waiting another 45 minutes in the infusion area we were told to go back down for yet another blood test. We were over 2 hours late getting into the chemo area today.

Meanwhile, I received an email from my doctor.  My platelet count is down once again – which means I will not receive the oxaliplatin once again.  So, if this treatment turns out to be like treatment 7 it will be a little easier on me (oxaliplatin was withheld in treatment 7 for low platelet count as well).

The other news the doctor shared with me is that my CEA level has come down as well.  It was 10.1 in the last test and today it tested as 6.3. That supports the doctor’s theory that the rising CEA was most likely related to the chemo and not to tumor activity.

I will be traveling to Seattle for the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) 2012 conference.  Because of the travel Treatment 10 is scheduled for 11/15.  So I will go without chemo for a couple weeks.  The break from chemo is definitely welcomed.

As you all recall, I still have the small nodule in the lower lobe of the right lung to wonder about.  The follow-up CT scan is scheduled for Monday 11/12 at 7:30am.  Unfortunately I will have to wait until the Thursday 11/15 appointment to hear the results of this scan.  And the results will be discussed with my new doctor (as you recall Dr. Fakih is leaving UMHC on 10/19).

So, hopefully this treatment will be easier than others. And the 11/12 scan will show that the small lung nodule has disappeared altogether. And Treatment 10 will go on as planned. And we’ll find that the cancer has gone to remission.

It’s hard to believe but as this Halloween approaches it will be one year dealing with cancers.  Last Halloween we found the testicular cancer and went through the first round of cancer challenges.

Other updates:

Between working and social activities I’ve had a busy couple of weeks.  Two tiger games, two of Bryce’s football games, and a play at Wayne State University.

Next week-end we will be going to Chicago to the musical Kinky Boots, being produced by my cousin Jerry Mitchell.  We will have dinner with Jerry and this is an opportunity for my son Anthony to meet a Tony-award-winning producer / choreographer.  Seeing the musical will be fun but having time with Jerry and Tony will be really special.

And as I mentioned above, Connie and I will be travelling to Seattle Washington on 11/4.  We are looking forward to the trip.  Connie will do some relaxing and homework during the days and we’ll enjoy the evenings together. We’re thinking about going to the Seattle football game on Sunday 11/5.  We also want to visit the Space Needle and Pike Market.

Thank you all for your continued Prayers and kind words.  Your support is GREATLY appreciated.

Love and Light to you!


6 Comments on “Treatment 9 of 12 (10/18/2012)”

  1. Trina & John says:

    Our love and prayers to you and Connie and the family! Thanks for inviting us Sunday, Tony was fantastic, and it was great to see you!

  2. Denice says:

    Thanks for keeping us updated, Phil. You and Connie have a great time in Seattle!

  3. Krea Gregory says:

    Phil: Thanks for this update. I hope that you and Connie enjoy your trip. It is always good to get away and focus on something fun for awhile.
    You’re in my prayers.

  4. Mary Salens says:

    Go Phil! You are patient, calm and amazing and an example for all of us as you continue this battle. Love to you and hope you have lots of fun on the trip. See you soon. Mary

  5. Little Brother, Geo says:

    I’m glad Mary got to drive with you this week, she enjoys time with you. Wish I could tag along too, but our nephews keep me plenty busy in the shop. Thinking of visiting this weekend, talk to you soon.

  6. Johnny and Lori Scamihorn says:

    It was nice to see you last weekend, and I hope you enjoy Seattle. As always, you and Aunt Connie are in our prayers. We love you very much.

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