So I went to see my oncologist yesterday. I am still too down to treat with chemo. My platelets and WBCs were tanked again. So I get two weeks with no cytotoxic mess. I am holding hope that this Tamoxifen I have been taking for the past 5 weeks, will kick in in the next few and kick some major cancer ass! Honestly, it “should” work even better than chemo drugs for my kind of cancer, lobular carcinoma. The only problem is hormonal therapies take a minute to work … meaning like 3 months. That is why we tried the Taxotere again … it worked so well for me last year. And it may be working now … but it tears me up too much. It appears that while the spirit is willing, the flesh is so weak.
Meanwhile, this huge ascites is driving me crazy! It is the biggest it has been, but my albumin is 2.2 right now and that is soooo low! If I had any more drained, my albumin would drop even lower and, since the cancer is still not under control, it would come right back in.
As usual, my test results were a mixed bag … two weeks ago, I had a circulating tumor cells (CTC) test done and it came back at 350-something. I rarely pay attention to this number because if it is over 5, you are pretty much dead woman walking anyway. Well, yesterday it had dropped to 30!!! That is the lowest it has ever been. But I am chock full of fluid and pukey at night, so what the heck? My onc thinks it is just a discrepancy between labs, but 320 points is a bit much for a lab difference!!! Thirty points, maybe.
So anyway, I will be seeing Kris Kraft on Tuesday. Then my onc again on Friday and we will reassess and either consider Halaven or Affinitor as my next step.