Sorry I missed updating round 4 two weeks ago. ¬†Life got in the way.¬†
The day of round 4 was a roller coaster ride. ¬†Jim had his tumor markers re-tested & a CT scan to check the size of his tumors (the Dr. wanted another PET scan but the insurance wouldn't authorize it). ¬†The tests showed he is having a good response to the treatment. ¬†He's had about 30% shrinkage in his tumors & the tumor markers in his blood went from over 122,000 (normally a person has 0-36) down to just over 35,600! ¬†This was a significant drop in just 3 rounds of chemo & his doctors are pleased but warn that he still has a long way to go. ¬† That was the high point of the roller coaster. ¬†Jim had chemo that afternoon & the next day the roller coaster dropped! ¬†All the side effects got nastier & he basically just got over round four 2-3 days before round 5. ¬†
Met with his oncologist & discussed where treatment is going. ¬†The Dr. did a test that shows Jim qualifies for a new biological drug that would replace one of his chemo drugs & generally has a lot fewer side effects. ¬†Jim & Dr. Dayyani discussed it & decided that for right now he will stay with what we know is working, just at a slightly lower dose to help with the side effects. ¬†We met with his pain Dr. today & switched around some of his meds, again to try to manage his side effects better. ¬†Keep your fingers crossed that we hit a good combo today!
I'll update in a few days to let everyone know how the new plan is working.¬†
As always, thank you to everyone who has helped Jim out with their generous support it has helped us greatly with his co-pays. ¬†The bills are starting to roll in so we are getting a better picture of where we are financially & it's not a pretty one. ¬†It would be MUCH worse if Jim didn't have insurance & we are grateful for what they are paying. ¬†I'm still looking for help from the various funds out there with no luck. ¬†The funds sometimes add different drugs or diagnoses that they will assist with so I am hopeful that I will find one to assist him after the first of the year. ¬†
Please keep Jim in your prayers & consider sharing the link for his page to help us get his story out there.¬†
With love & gratitude, ¬†