Finished the last radiation treatment today. Ten treatments to the right hip. Karen hopefully will feel pain relief in the next week or two. Time will tell on this.
The New Tack now that the cancer is back is more systemic treatment, ie a new chemo drug. This time we'll be trying something called Gemzar. In this case we won't know if it's working until a few months down the road.
The radiation is effective for isolated tumors but Karen's cancer has spread to multiple areas so the best treatment is systemic.
Unfortunately a particular chemo sometimes loses it's effectiveness over time. Or the side-effects become too much. The last one gave us nine months...it was a good run.
The struggle continues and Karen continues to struggle. The summer is coming to an end and with it some fond memories of enjoying sweet little days at Rogers Lake. The idea of a hip replacement is on hold while we evaluate the radiation.
If there is a good outcome and she gets some relief perhaps we can travel to see some fall color. Small joys and things to look forward to are important. Even though we can't plan we still dream.
Photo - Karen Evertson - Sails - A tile mosaic collaboration by Karen and Bill
William and Karen - Karen and I have been married for 41 years. Karen's breast cancer has reached stage 4. This is what happens next.