Showing posts from August 28, 2011

Femara prescription

Yesterday was chemo day.  Also it was my once a month check in with the doctor.  He ordered a PET scan to see what the scoop is with my swollen right abdominal wall.  That is where the liver is.  He also prescribed Femara because my tumor marker isn't going down.  This is a medicine prescribed for cancer that is estrogen positive.  What it does is suppress the estrogen so that the cancer cells don't have food to grow.  I had a hysterectomy years ago, so it is estrogen produced by my liver, and adrenal gland that will be suppressed.  The information that puzzles me, in the info on this drug, is that it has a side affect of causing fractures in bones.  This happens because of a decrease in bone density.  It also causes fatigue (yay!)  I have copied the basic info on this drug directly from the manufactures website. You can read it below:

Important Safety Information Femara is only indicated in postmenopausal women. You should not take Femara if you are premenopausal. Your doctor…

Colorado chemo break

The past week has been a great break from chemo.  I get a week off and it amounts to 13 days between treatments.  We spent most of that time in Colorado visiting both sides of our families, and also house hunting.  You see I have mets bc, and my hubby has cll.  That stands for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  Both of our cancers are till death do us part kinds of cancers.  We will always have it until there is a cure.  The drug companies have no serious motivation to find a  cure as long as people keep sending them money for treatments.  That is just my humble opinion as a cancer insider.  With both of us having the big C, we have discovered how important it is to surround yourself with family and friends.  All of our family is in Colorado, hence the house shopping.  We may have found a home, but the sellers have until Friday to let us know.  Say your prayers and keep your fingers crossed for us. 

Tomorrow is back to the usual chemo routine of three weeks on and one week off for me.  S…