Here’s a quick update – sorry late, but you know the rule: no-news-is-good-news! Yes, my last tests showed the cancer is still stable (on average the tumours are no bigger) and my blood counts also are nearly normal. At least they’re good enough to stop worrying and say at last I’m on an appropriate dose of medication to suit my body.
Funny how the bar is lowered for celebrating a great result! I do still have numerous tumours in my abdomen, especially one I can feel, so for comfort I still avoid tight clothes, but I have learned to be very glad if the lumps are not growing.
No one can say how long the treatment will work for me because it is so experimental. I now hold the record at my hospital for success with this drug at 9 months and still counting. The other patients dropped out of the trial at 7 months or sooner. The medication didn’t serve them so well, probably because they have different genetics. Actually it looks like rucaparib is a designer drug for me! I am deeply grateful for this opportunity and I wish for speedy research to find helpful treatments for my ovca friends and peers!
Meanwhile, I only have to report to the doctor once a month so John and I are off to Perth for a holiday, feeling very fortunate!