Chemo week two

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7/29/2010 9:59am
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Will is one week past his first carboplatin and taxol treatment.  He's also on a Fentanyl patch for pain, the first time his hip pain has been properly addressed.  So far, he's feeling very well - eating fine, (he wants to go out for Italian food for lunch) and actually seems slightly less fatigued than before he began chemo, which is a bit mysterious.   He goes back for round 2 on August 10th. 

At this point, we've been extremely pleased with the care from Dr. Howard Kaufman and the nurses at Rush in Chicago.  Dr. Kaufman, who is a surgeon as well as head of oncology and a melanoma specialist, is not exactly a touchy/feely kind of doc but he's honest, careful, attentive, and obviously a very excellent doctor.  A huge relief.  And the nurses have been wonderful, especially given Will has some special needs and is not always the easiest person to communicate with.

I'm hoping things will be stable for a while, at the very worst, and at best, this will really reduce the tumors.

Carver - (7/29/2010 - 10:03am)

I am so glad they are addressing the pain Will is in. That can make a big difference. Also good that he's eating well. I wonder if properly addressing the pain is part of what is helping his energy level. Even though pain medications can cause fatigue, I think being in pain can also be terribly exhausting and I'm so glad that he is getting proper pain medication now. I'm glad you all are pleased with the doctor's care and I'll be sending out good thoughts for Will and for you.

"A closed mind is a wonderful thing to lose"

Sharon in Reno - (7/29/2010 - 10:13am)

Thats wonferful that Will's getting his pain under control, it's very hard to keep up the fight when your in pain. Sending well wishes, stay strong.

love, Sharon in Reno, Stage IV

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Janet2 - (7/29/2010 - 1:04pm)

I'm pleased to hear that Will's pain is being dealt with and that he is feeling less fatigued. I hope he continues that way and glad he is eating well. Also, I hope his chemo shrinks the tumours considerably.

Janet

Kevin from Atlanta - (7/29/2010 - 1:20pm)

Taxol is normally given with steriods so that may answer why Will's appitiate has increased. I have had severe fatigue for years and think it is from the pain. I need opitate strength meds but can't take them. The nausea, constipation ect becomes too much. Hopefully Will can get several weeks of relief and a lot more to follow.

Sherron - (7/29/2010 - 7:26pm)

Lori,

Glad Will is doing better.  You are such a good,caring friend to him.  He is very lucky to have you as a friend who will watch out for his best interest.  Wishing you both the best.

Take Care,

Sherron, wife to Jim

 

 

ValinMtl - (7/30/2010 - 4:49pm)

Hi Lori

So happy to hear that Will is finally on some type of treatment AND VERY GLAD that he is getting something for pain. Thinking Will and you during this trying time.  Val in Montreal

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