My oncologist, Dr. Wahl, explains that if my cancer is the same cancer that was diagnosed in 8/2008, there’s a strong chance I will not need to have chemo for another 3-6 years. (If the biopsy scheduled for next week doesn’t confirm this, of course, then plans will change.)
She explained that chemo, for an ER+ cancer, is usually only used when vital life functions are at risk. Despite the spread to my liver, lungs and bones, my lung and liver function still seem strong.
If all goes well and the cancer is the cancer from 2008 — and it responds to hormonal treatment, I could live for years with a daily pill, a few monthly shots in the butt, and a few IV infusions each month.
So here is what I understand so far.
CANCER FIGHTING — I do already know I have some of these details wrong. So there will be corrections!
- Hormone Treatment to Block Estrogen Production – letrozole (FEMARA) pill once a day
- Hormone Treatment to Block Estrogen Uptake — Zometa via IV (30 minutes) 3x first month, then bi-monthly
- Create the inhospitable bone environment for cancer growth by getting shots in the butt — 2 shots twice a month of Faslodex.