Monday, January 23, 2012

Jeanine has seen the doctor again.

December 2011

Jeanine recently had a PET scan and went back to her cancer doctor today. The news is not good. Her newest drug, Sutent, has not worked. The cancer has significantly spread in the areas that we were already aware of. Jeanine is taking a step backward and going back to Avastin, which was her previous chemo treatment. There had been signs that it might not be working well, but it was not definitive. We will find out in 3 months if this was a good solution.

The doctor says that there are 2 more drugs to try after Avastin quits working. Interferon and another one that he didn't specify. Although, he did mention the dread treatment of IL2. This is the treatment done in the hospital for as many doses as a body can physically handle. I don't know if this is one of the two or not. Both Interferon and IL2 are not enjoyable drugs to experience. Go here for more information on her last experience with the IL2 treatment.

Jeanine, at this point, is still working and able to enjoy life. She went with our family to Disneyland before Christmas and with the help of an electric scooter was able to keep up with the rest of us and entertain her nieces and nephews.

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