OK, here is the first posting on the Gemzar treatment. The first treatment is actually tomorrow, but I just wanted to post a brief update on where things stand. My wife had some hip pain around June, but that went away almost completely about a week before we went to the Galapagos, and returned about 1 week after we got back, and has been increasing ever since. She went to an orthopedic doctor, who ordered some physical therapy, but couldn't do much since none of our CT scans included the hip region. So, in order to have a good Gemzar baseline and examine the hip, she had an early CT scan after only about 3.5 weeks.
Just got the CT results back, and basically since the scan three weeks ago the lung tumor is stable (teensy smaller), the measured liver tumor increased about 2x in volume, there is a small but measurable lesion on one adrenal gland (was only suspicious but too small to tell in the last scan), and yes indeed, the hip socket has an ill-defined lesion. So basically the trial drug held things steady for about a year, then held the main tumor in check while starting to allow growth in the liver and the bone, and apparently the adrenal gland. So, what is a bit scary is that essentially for the first time (since just the cough) my wife has some symptoms of hip and rib pain that are due to the cancer itself and not just the side effects of the treatments.
So, onward to the first treatment of Gemzar tomorrow!