This week I heard the results from the latest CT scan and received my 5th treatment of 2010. The original plan was for 12 treatments, but considering we're still making adjustments, I doubt that number means much. I might have more, or less.
The news was similar to the scan in July, in that the chemo hasn't appeared to noticeably help just yet. The cancer remains active, with some measurable growth, although not that much in the last 2 months. Early dosing was higher than my body could handle, and more recently was much lower, and maybe thus less effective. So we've bumped it up, hopefully to a happy medium. We'll go a few more treatments and then scan again.
Each period of news and resulting adjustments are a bit trying emotionally, as some level of fear and doubt about the process and the decisions is inevitable. God has continued to give me peace even in the midst of this, though. Pray that this comfort would extend to those closest to me, as well, as they too bear a burden of care for my well-being.
Some good news is that the lower dose I had been on allowed me to work more recently. I've been busy and productive for the first time in a while, and that has felt great. We'll see what kind of schedule I can maintain in coming weeks, but so far it's been satisfactory and I've been very thankful for this job opportunity.