I just had my CT scan for my 15th cycle of Clovis 1686. Everything is stable! I now get scanned every nine weeks, and this is the second stable scan I've had. So that is 18 weeks of stable cancer (or scar tissue?). My math may be off, but I don't care – things are stable!
I have been able to manage side effects. I try to control the diarrhea with diet. My acupuncturist wants me to take probiotics, but I keep forgetting. The muscle cramps do not seem to respond to Flexeril, so I figure I'm jumping out of bed with hot flashes anyway, so I'll just jump out of bed with leg cramps. That counts as exercise, right?
Speaking of exercise, once the Florida summer cools down a little bit, I'm going to try to be better about taking walks. Right now I'm doing it in the evening I'm at mosquito time. Ouch.
I have not had an issue with rashes. I keep filling out questionnaires asking if a rash has prevented me from doing all this stuff, but I have not had an issue. I did notice that when I was up north for vacation in June, that I did develop a few patchy rashes. Maybe the Florida humidity is really good for my skin or something because once I got home they disappeared within a few days.
Let's just keep hoping and praying that the Clovis 1686 will continue to work for another year, or two, or 10!
I do miss the eyelashes that I had with Tarceva, but I'm glad that I'm no longer dealing with the Tarceva rash. I am perfectly happy with the Clovis 1686 for another looooong time.
Thank you doctors and scientists!
PS. Dr. Mekhail says hello to you Dr. West.