This past Thursday was the start of a new chemo infusion treatment; this time something called Doxil. It promises to be potent and time-released with only one infusion per month. Karen will need to return to the cancer center each week for blood work-ups to see how the white and red counts hold up to the chemo.
Earlier this week she had an echocardiogram to see if her heart was in good enough shape to take this drug. Apparently it is very hard on the heart and unlike some of the other drugs we've tried there is a maximum or toxic limit to how much of this a body can take. The Echo was fine so the strawberry colored Doxil was infused over an hour or so.
The promised side effects of fatigue and nausea started Friday night but have been diminishing since. So this next Thursday we'll just need bloodwork. We'll find out how good or bad her blood counts and immune system is holding up during prime cold and flu season.
Easy to catch a bug but tough to catch a break lately.
But on the support side of life our friends continue to be a source of love and distraction. We enjoyed company on Saturday for an Art Party themed on Year of the Rooster. These are evening full of art,love, and laughter.
Love our friends!
Photo - Cynthia Abraham - Karen and Bill at the Art Party
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.