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Sunday, July 29, 2007

7/29/07: Making Progress Toward SCT

But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. Galatians 5:5 (NIV)

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Just four days following the last outpatient chemo treatment, the tumor sites are again greatly diminished, but not totally oblated. Still, it seems that this last treatment is achieving the "control" that the physicians desired. We will know more about their observations and diagnosis when we visit City of Hope this coming week.

This weekend also marks my first full week on medical leave and the time seems to have been passing quickly. I am still adjusting (as is Dee Dee) to this stay-at-home routine, but thanks to my work on this journal and several other web-based projects (you can see that I am now into "blogging"), my time is occupied.

Also regarding the last treatment, side effects are again minimal with some nausea and fatigue as before, but nothing major. Appetite is fine. We are now hopeful that this will be the only additional treatment needed before admission for the SCT on August 13, but we can't be certain. We have multiple visits to COH this week for tests and procedures required before that hospital admission.

As I mentioned before, this last chemo treatment makes for more than a dozen different drug combinations I have been given in the past 16 months (easy to lose count). Still, this is only a small fraction of the current number of approved CANCER drugs. Here is a link to the FDA web site with an interesting chart of all of the currently approved drugs. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION

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