Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Chemo today...and some good news!

Nancy began her second round of chemotherapy at 9:30 this morning at MMC in Scarborough. After a much needed "chemo break" last week, she was given her second infusion of Carboplatin and Gemzar. It went well and Nancy was done by noon.
Here is the good news...Nancy's blood work revealed that, since the first round of Carbo/Gemzar three weeks ago, her CA 125 level has gone from 83.9 to 59 to 23! That's a very good thing. CA125 is a protein that is a so-called tumor marker; it is present in greater concentration in ovarian cancer cells than in other cells. The normal range is 0-35. So Nancy's CA 125 is back into the normal range for the first time since her recurrence and the drugs are working. She knows that she will be sick for the next week or two (and that is definitely nasty) but is feeling much more positive now that she knows that the reward will be remission!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the update. We all wore teal last Friday! All the good vibes are coming to you, Nancy. Jan made sure everyone thought of you during the day at WJHS. We are with you.
    Cheryl Oakes