So, I guess it might be nice of me to let everybody know how my appointment went on Monday. This appointment was an initial consult for something called high dose chemo and stem cell rescue. It’s kind of a scary procedure that involves collecting my bone marrow so they can do a round of super high dose chemotherapy and then give me my bone marrow back to restart my immune system so I don’t die. This procedure is normally done on people with blood cancers, like luekemia, but appears to be beneficial for the particular type of cancer I have. The hospital I’ve been receiving treatment through doesn’t do bone marrow transplants so this was at a different hospital with a different doctor.
The appointment itself went well, and I liked this new doctor. Even though I’m not a traditional candidate for this type of procedure, she agreed that there was enough of a precident with existing studies and because I’m young and otherwise healthy this would be a good option for me.
The process will actually start after my next round of chemo with a bunch of tests to check and see if there’s any visible cancer growing (all visible cancer was removed with my initial surgery so if the chemo is working it should not be growing). After the following (4th) round of chemo they will do the bone marrow extraction. After that it’s 2 more rounds of chemo, a month off and then the high dose and bone marrow infusion. For the round of high dose I will need to be hospitalized for 3-4 weeks because my immune system will be so compromised. After that it will be another month before my immune system will be back up to normal. So sometime around the end of April I’ll be done. Wow that seems like a long way off. But there’s also so much happening between now and then, I hope it will go by quickly.