Navelbine, the current chemo I've been on for the past six weeks, isn't working. Yesterday's blood work shows my tumor marker continued to grow. Dr G has decided to have another scan and change to another chemo.
I will get a CT scan of my chest, abdomen and pelvis next week and then likely start Gemzar (gemcitabine) weekly. It's supposed to be as well-tolerated as Navelbine and appears to have similar side effects. such as flu-like symptoms(muscle pain, fever, headache, chills, fatigue); fever (within 6-12 hours of first dose); fatigue; nausea (mild); vomiting; poor appetite, low blood counts and the rather odd side effect of skin rash.
The increase in tumor markers comes as no surprise to me. I'm frustrated that none of these four chemos (Abraxane, Doxil, Adriamycin and Navelbine) have had much impact on my cancer. Well, we don't really know about the Abraxane, because Dr G took me off it after a scan revealed liver mets that we didn't realize existed. Going back on Abraxane remains an option.
Evidently there is another patient with the same disease progression as mine, who has responded well to Gemzar. So I'm hopeful that this one will do the trick -- highly effective, manageable, with minimal side effects.