Friday, August 22, 2008

New hope

We're back from Moffitt, with a new chemo and a new mission. The doctors there were very matter of fact: Ok, the first chemo didn't work, so try this. They recommended two new drugs and gave us an out-of-the-box idea too.

The new chemo, which Mike could start as early as next week, would be every three weeks for probably three cycles. One of the drugs only takes 10 minutes, so maybe no more marathon days at the infusion center. Dr. Simon also said it's much more tolerable than the previous meds. He said it would be a walk in the park compared to the old stuff.

This cancer is such a mystery to doctors because there's no clear cut solution. It drives them crazy, Dr. Simon told us. You just have to keep trying different things. So, that's what we're going to do. Hope floats again. We celebrated by, yes, stopping at Hooter's on the way home for wings and a beer. Thanks Frankels!

Another thing they mentioned was radiation. Since the cancer is contained to the neck and chest, they could just go in and zap it all. Of course, in 95 percent of the cases, it comes back somewhere else. Sometimes it may take years to come back though. Just something to consider. He says to try more chemo first.

But first, we have our trip to Savannah this weekend... We're going to drink daiquiris on Bay Street, try not to trip down the steps to River Street, wander around the city squares, have dinner at the restaurant where we got engaged, maybe spend a day at the beach, whatever... we're just going to be.

P.S. Happy Birthday Nana!

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