Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Chemo Is Officially Over....Now What?

After weekly chemo from April 2009 thru June 2010, I am done with chemo. I had a few breaks during that time due to infections, blockages, and other delightful set backs.

Then, as many of you know, I found my way to Sloan Kettering in March 2010 and had 8 tumors removed from my liver and one ablated. There is no protocol for post-resection chemo. Some believe that doing chemo when there is technically No Evidence of Disease, is stupid. Some people think some chemo is a bit of insurance.

I had 4 cycles post surgery and just had a break due to family and vacation etc. I went to chemo today, ready to do a few more rounds and I asked the Oncologist, OK, how many more cycles do you think?

Doctor basically said that doing "mop up chemo" is no guarantee that the cancer won't come back. If it's going to return, it won't be because I did or didn't do more chemo at this point. So, I said, let's end it.

Now, my CEA in June was 1.9 and today was 2.1. Still normal, but......?????

I'll do a CAT scan in 6 weeks amd blood work, then my first colonoscopy in September, since my diagnosis in March 2009.

So, now what? For 15 months, my life has been hospitals, surgeries, chemo, procedures blah blah blah.

I guess the mental/emotional battle begins. Re-establishing a life. Getting a job (hah, me and a gazillion other people) Learning to not live in fear and panic and anxiety of Cancer's Return.

Any Post Treatment Tips Welcome!!!!!


  1. I say we celebrate with a post-chemo mojito and discuss your next move;)

  2. Congratulations! I am sure you and your family are so happy this chapter of your life is behind you :) Here are some helpful links:



  3. Hey Peggy! Congatulations on your exciting milestone. I've been following your blog for a year and excited to hear you've finished chemo! Now its time to get on with your life.

    As I've talked about so many times on my blog, once you get a second chance, life takes on a whole new perspective.

    I wish you peace and a study recovery. It takes time to get all the chemo out of your system, so take it slow and pamper yourself a lot.

    Much love,

    Tamara Slater