Set to begin the third month of chemo infusion this coming Thursday. This is our third change of treatment course since the stage 4 news. Since Karen has what's known as an estrogen positive cancer the first treatment involved a new and promising estrogen blocking hormone. Luckily we have good insurance because that meds' cost was about 10k per month. Unlucky because after two months her PET scan indicated it wasn't slowing the C and was only succeeding in depressing her white cell count.
Next up was an oral chemo which worked fine for several months until late November. This wasn't unexpected. All bodies are different and some treatments work better than others (or not at all). December and January were difficult months. Making the decision to go back to a chemo infusion meant that she needed a surgery to implant a port. I remember what a milestone it was to have the last one removed after her initial treatments...a real celebration. Difficulty breathing led to the discovery of fluid around the lungs and draining of her left lung.
And then her bones started breaking.
Chemo Infusion, photo by William Evertson
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.