February 14, 2019
Here is an update with the latest information. On Thursday, January 17, 2019 I did get the Opdivo and Yervoy immunotherapy treatment.
When I went to the January 31, 2019 treatment, I noticed a lump on the right rib and mentioned it to the oncologist. She postponed the treatment and ordered a CT chest/pelvis/abdominal scan, a CT bone and MRI brain scan. The oncologist also wanted me to schedule an appointment with the U of M oncologist, Dr. Gadgeel.
All these were scheduled and I went to see the oncologist again on Friday, February 8, 2019 to get the results. The results we got on February 8 showed that the rib, lung, and kidney tumors all increased slightly. We talked about other options and the next course of action would be determined after my appointment with Dr. Gadgeel.
We met with Dr. Gadgeel on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. After he reviewed the scans his suggestion was to resume the immunotherapy starting February 14. Two reasons for doing this include 1) that I looked good, have gained weight, and have had no other symptoms, and 2) he felt the previous scan done on January 3, 2019 did not include the pelvis, chest, and abdomen. He also felt that the immunotherapy had not had a chance to really take effect. He wanted me to have a few more immunotherapy treatments (unless something else arose, e.g. that the rib lump gets larger or I am not feeling good or eating) and then in the middle of March do another CT chest/pelvis/abdominal scan to see where we are then.
My next scheduled immunotherapy (Opdivo, Zometa) treatment was Thursday, February 14, 2019. The Yervoy immunotherapy treatment was not given because it is administered every six weeks so I will get that next time, February 28, 2019, Opdivo and Yervoy.
On March 14 I will get treatment again and then we will do a CT scan on March 20 to confirm the immunotherapy is working. If it shows it is not working, we have several more options to consider.
It has been a rough road but I am up to the challenge. I keep telling Bob – I am going to be that miracle child – I will get through this. The encouragement from family and friends has been so supportive I can’t thank everyone enough.
Thank you always for your continued encouragement, support, prayers and love!
Love to you all and a Happy Valentine’s Day!
“A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.” Anonymous