So I've read about SCANXIETY on here.
My husband finished his 6th round of chemo on Friday. He's gained 10 lbs, looks much healthier, and is able to work out in the yard, build things in his shop.
His iron levels have normalized, he's gotten used to his colostemy, he is no longer pale and sunken looking.
Best of all- (his tumor was fixed to his bladder, which caused difficulty with urination- some days he couldn't pee, some days, just intense pain, some days both) (and intense pelvic pain, difficulty with having to go to the bathroom all night because of mucous and blood from his rectum) HE HAS NO PAIN. He doesn't even take tylenol or anything.
His doctor says he is "breezing through" chemo- he has tired and nauseous days a couple days after being disconnected from his infusion, but then bounces back and is feeling great, active.
So they moved his scan earlier than previously scheduled. I know I always try to read the tea leaves, and I know you can't. But can someone please give their take or opinion: we are just hoping he has had an awesome response to chemo: because of the improvement in pain, in bladder function, and the lack of bleeding from his rectum.
Please tell me these are all good signs and we will have an amazing scan that will lead to his tumor being operable.
P.S. I love his oncologist. I asked him, "What if this chemo doesn't work?" He looked me right in the eye and said, "It will work." We needed that hopeful attitude and confidence.
Caregiver to my DH (48 yo)
5 kids (2 mine 21 & 16, 2 ours 11 & 10, 1 adopting 2)
Dx Sigmoid Adenocarcinoma 10/25/2018
No staging yet, told "Inoperable" and "about the size of an orange"
Emerg Colostomy bowel block 10/25/2018
New colostomy surgery 11/5/2018 (new placement of original botched placement?)
CT scans of lungs and liver look "clear"
Huntsman Cancer Institute surgery consult
Tx Plan: Neoadj Chemo FOLFOX 1/10/2019-?
CEA 1.9 (I guess it's not a marker for him).