All smiles at my appointment with the specialists yesterday when they told me the results of last week’s CT scan. They tumours have shrunk by 52% which they say is a fantastic response to only 2 chemo cycles (plus 6 doses of Farletuzumab or placebo). I’ve noticed the lymph swellings have gone down too.
However, my treatment has been delayed by 1 week. I had only the trial drug yesterday. My neutrophyl count (component of white blood cells) was just below the safe level required to go ahead with my next session of chemo. I think this means my bone marrow is still adjusting to the current need for greater neutrophyl production.
Chemotherapy destroys cancer and all other rapidly growing cells, so the plummeting white blood cell count indicates effective treatment. However, it is important that I recover a certain level of white blood cells each time so I don’t become dangerously vulnerable to infection.
This last week I have had a cough, although I didn’t feel unwell. The previous week John was laid low with a rotten cold and chest infection, so I think I did pretty well to only pick up a bit of a cough. He is quite better now and I’m fine too.
So the delay means I can enjoy a good week (without nausea) which is nice since I’m really loving having Helen to visit us in Brisbane for the week!