Report time-- I had #4 taxotere today. This week's CT scan was a mixed bag. The lung nodules are either a little smaller or the same - good. The pericardial effusion is unchanged, the hilar LN not significantly changed, T12 lytic lesion unchanged - good, good and good.
The not so good parts:
There's a moderate sized PE after having one drained in early July. It isn't causing any coughing or discomfort yet.
"The probable left-sided pleural based metastases are slightly worse." One grew from 2 x.9 cm to 2.4 x 1.2 cm; the other from 1 x 1.6 cm to 1.5 x 1.9. There is also a third one starting to show. I haven't had much luck in finding info about pleural masses but will keep looking.
Taxotere is not giving me any real problems. In fact I feel quite good for two weeks. I am taking glutamine again and have no neuropathy. But just like with taxol I don't know if that's the reason. My blood work this time was great - only 1 flag for (barely) low albumin.
The plan is to do two more infusions, scan, take a break for a few months, scan again. We're in discussion about doing a biopsy of the pleural masses during that time.
I also had a brain MRI this week. All was clear - yippee - and I guess the dizziness is really the BPPV (vertigo) I was diagnosed with in April. When headaches were added to the mix I was getting concerned. That probably is a recurrance of a neck issue I had about 10 years ago. It's no doubt because of couch slouching. I've been so good about that over the years, but when I got tired with these infusions, the poor posture and resting on the couch without much thought to my neck's position started. Back to neck exercises!
I also had a port put in a while back. I should have done it when I started infusions again in October as recommended. Oh well. I find it so much easier than all the arm pokes.
Since I have a few characters left I'll mention that I walked the Tacoma Free to Breathe 5K Saturday - in under an hour!