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Update ON David - new chemo was posted 04/30/2005 10:35 pm by Angelisa
E-mail Address: angelisa@comcast.net

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Hello Everyone.. my brother has been having a rough time lately... since my last update, he had a block which did no good, and then a discogram which ruled out that it was the disk's in his back casuing the pain. This unfortunaely led us to believe that the cancer must have been casuing all the horrible pain he was having in the abdomen and his lower back.

Doc changed his chemo last month to xeloda, gem and avastin... anyway.. thursday his ct scan showed that his cancer is definately back.. now he has a tumor in his liver again, and a good size mass in the mesentary artery, and one more possibly near the rectum, but that is just a thickening so we are not worrying about that at the moment. The pet scan was done friday, so monday i will know how many more floaters there are. My guess is numerous hot spots :( Apparently the xeloda chombo did nothing to help my brother.

I talked to the doc friday and he said that we are starting david on Celebrex (today) twice a day with meals, he thinks it will help dimish the pain in the mesatary artery area (i dont understand how, but its an anti-inflamatory, so i guess it will do something in there)

He is OFF the xeloda, and on may 11th starts new chemo - Taxotere, cpt-11 and erbetrux. I have not started my research yet, just too exhuasted, but any one that can give me input on these, that would be just fabulous. He will have them 2 weeks in a row, then 3rd week will be for labs and hydration as needed. We will watch the side effects, and if David cant handle, Doc said there isnt too much more to try after that. But he is hopeful these might do something to help the cancer go away for awhile.

David is down to 114 pounds, he has no energy, he is really scared. He is on paxel now, which is keeping him calm. He is comfortable here at our house, which is the only place for him. My 3 year old can be rambunctios, but that is my life, and he is part of our lives now.

I dont know how much longer he has, his weight is worrysome, the pain is just unbearable for him. He was on one patch and 3 oxycodones with tylenol in them every 4 hours.. he will start a 2nd patch as of tomorow and hopefuly it wont make him too loopy or sick. We will try that out, see how he does. All prayers happily accepted and appreciated for my brother, he is 46, 3 small kids and i just want his pain to go away, so he can at least live the rest of his time here with us, painfree if possible.

hugs to all with this beast.. you are all my heros. love, Lisa

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