The Stacey Report

May 17: Still Largely Unimpressed by Chemo

Posted in Uncategorized by ohthatdeb on May 17, 2006

I stopped in to see Stacey this afternoon and found her in the kitchen getting a snack. There seemed to be quite a bit of lounging going on, and she said that she felt “tired and full of chemicals, but otherwise not bad.”

So! Pretty good for a woman whose bod is full of toxic goo racing around killing off cancer cells left and right. As we speak.

She did go in to the treatment center for a shot of Neulasta, which boosts red blood cells. This is apparently a huge and important breakthrough in cancer treatment — use to be, they could only give chemo treatments every three weeks, because that’s how long it took for the body to build up the red blood cells to handle another blast. Now, Stacey gets a blood cell boost the day after chemo, and they’re able to hit her again in two weeks, giving the cancer cells less time to regroup. As a matter of fact, and this is really interesting, what with the Procrit and the Neulasta and the iron supplements and everything, her red blood cells are going to be bigger and healthier than they have been in many years (because of the anemia that she’s had forever.)

Dr. Browne was very pleased with her reaction to the chemo, because this means that they can continue with these treatments and have many more options for future treatments.


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  1. Sharon said, on May 18, 2006 at 7:26 am

    Hey guys – just wanted you to know that we’re reading this blog every day :o) Deb, you do such a fabulous job!!! We appreciate all the details because we care about all that Stacey is going through. We are very glad to know that Stacey is enduring well the battle of “killing cancer cells left and right” AWESOME

  2. ohthatdeb said, on May 18, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    (aw, shucks… thanks!)

    The level of detail, should anyone be wondering, is Stacey-driven. I would have written it this way anyway, big fat blabbermouth that I am, but Stacey’s hope is that this blog might help someone else who is entering treatment and wondering what it will be like. So feel free to pass the link on to anyone who might be interested (plus that’s more people for me to tap for donations!)

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