Skip to main content

Staging Results and Treatment Plan

So I am sitting in a private room inside the oncologist office surrounded by my Mom and my Momma Liz. We are in the process of having the chemo drugs administered. So far I am tolerating them well.

The first thing we did this morning was meet with the Doctor. The good news is that I am only a stage 1A. The best diagnosis to have is Stage 1A. With the good news I may only have to do 3 rounds of chemo and not 4. Other good news,  I will not need a MUGA in between each round of Chemo.

If there has been a complication so far, it has been the fancy catheter they put in my chest on Friday. The nurses should be able to administer medication and take blood from both lines of the catheter. However, only 1 side is working. The nurse believes I may have a sheath developed. They have given me some medication to break that up but so far it has not. If they can't get it to work, then they will declare it broken.

The administration of the medications is not exactly what I thought it would be. I thought I was coming in, getting a pump, and being sent home for the next 48 hours to pump the medications into my system. While that is somewhat true, it is not totally true. I am being given four drugs. Three of those are given in the treatment room at the doctors office. One of them will be given on a pump and will take 48 hours to put into my system.

My four chemo drugs are: Adriamycin which prevents cancer cells from growing by attacking and interfering with DNA. This is the drug that can cause heart damage and my doctor was trained that it causes the least amount of damage when administered slowly. So, this is the one they will pump in over a 48 hour period of time.

Bleomycin is the second drug and it generates oxygen free radicals that cause DNA strands to break and the cell to die.

The third drug is Vinblastine or Velban. This drug prevents cancer cells from growing by interfering with the cells ability to divide. This is the only medication they have given me that had to be "pushed" into my IV and not dripped.

The last drug, DTIC also interfers with DNA and prevents cancer cells from growing. It takes the longest, 2 hours to drip into my system.

Please continue to pray that I tolerate these drugs well and that their side effects are minimal. Despite low blood work, they will be giving me these drugs every 15 days for the next 45 days at least.


  1. Kevin and I are both praying that you get thru this quickly and with minimal problems! I think you should go ahead and dye your hair bright red! If it all fall out, maybe it will come back as curly hair!

  2. Go, Pam! (trying again with a comment
    I tried yesterday to say that you're one of the most solid, grounded people I know, and that (along with a box of saltines)should carry you. You can do this!

  3. You go girl! I am glad you don't have to have the MUGAs! Hopefully the meds will fix the lines to the catheter. Thinkin about you while in Jeff City!

  4. Ahh, the sheath, that's the Pam I know--stubborn as all get out! Please tell your body to let the medicine in and the blood out! You're doing great!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

My Weekend Project: A PVC Camping Lamp Post and Flag Holder

I have seen a few of these around campsites and I knew I would like to have one. The only problem that I had is The Husband.

He already thinks we drag too much stuff with us when we go camping and if I had told him my desire to have a PVC Camping Light Pole he would have shut it down quickly!

So, that leaves a girl with only one choice: Figure out how to do it by herself.

I did some internet searching and found a few road maps on RV forums. They seemed easy enough!

I visited the local hardware store for the supplies:

An exterior post lantern light2 inch PVC pipe (I used 5 feet but had to purchase a 10 foot piece)A 3 inch toilet flangeA 3 inch to 2 inch ReducerPVC GlueA 12 foot electric cord kit2 - 3/4 inch PVC Caps I also used a few supplies we already had on hand:

White Spray Paint

3 1/2 foot - 3/4 inch PVC PipeDrill Bits (1 inch and 1/2 inch)Tent Stakes

The first step was preparing the lantern light. I could only find black in the store and I knew I wanted all white. I covered the gla…

Camping Activity: Wood Chip Necklaces

My worry in taking a wide range of kids camping is that the younger kids would be happy just playing together but the older ones, the one's in that awkward pre-teen/teen age, would think everything was so uncool they would just sit around and mope. So I designed a few activities that would hopefully get them up, participating, and moving.

 I came home from work a few weeks before the Family Camp-out and found my neighbors had trimmed their tree limbs and piled the mess in my yard. I refrained from getting angry. Over a nice dinner, I asked The Husband to help me with a little project.

He looked at me in disgust. I was pulling him away from ESPN to help with an unnecessary camping craft.

 I admit I did some begging. In the end, The Husband borrowed his father's chainsaw and decided to help me cut medallions out of a limb.  His mood started changing, quickly.{I then begged him to let me try my hand at the chainsaw, but he would not let budge on that one. I had to settle for hol…

Hand Made Gifts: Tutu Ornaments

My  Short Chic is turning into a little dancer. To thank the dance teachers for their help, we decided to make them a little gift for Christmas. A tutu ornament.

Supplies needed:

Tulle. I selected black, white and hot pink. The pink and white both have glitter {I have been walking around for the past four days with glitter all over me!}. Glass Ornaments that coordinate with your tulle. Some kind of string {I used stretch magic}. And some super glue.

Step 1: Cut  the tulle. 

I learned, from trial and error, that my cell phone was roughly the right size. So, I used it as a template for cutting the tulle.  
Step 2: Tie the tulle to the string.

Using a simple slip knot, tie the tulle onto the string {or Stretch Magic}. I think I used about 40 loops per ornament.
Step 3:  Adhere it to the Ornament.
I do not have a photo of this step. But simply, you take some super glue and glue the tutu ring to the ornament. 
FINISHED!  Once the glue is dried, you are finished. {Well except the wrapping!} I …