Whenever there’s good news, it has to come with bad news. It’s the Ying and Yang of life. One step forward, two steps back. Karma always has a way of showing us what life is all about!
So, the good news is my scans were (mostly) clear! Woohoo!! There are 2 questionable in-transits near my primary melanoma, but nothing systemic, so I’ll take it! We are going to watch the 2 spots in the meantime, and if there’s any growth, a biopsy will show us what path to take. But no spread into any organs means I’m still stage IIIC! I’m a happy girl 😄
And the bad news. My liver enzymes have skyrocketed with the Sylatron treatment. I’m over 5X the normal range! Yowza! My platelets are down a little, as are my white blood cells, but nothing compared to the changes in my liver. So I have to skip a week to try and bring my enzyme levels down.
I’m torn as to being glad and upset on skipping a treatment week. I really wanted to push through the tough first two months of the treatment and get the most out of the cancer – killing high dose of immunotherapy. I imagine the Sylatron like a whack-a-mole, killing the cancer cells as they arise. But without the treatment, I imagine the cancer cells popping up with no whacks! There isn’t a mathmatical efficacy calculated for skipping doses, so there’s no telling what skipping a dose means for the cancer returning.
Yet, inwardly I’m glad I get a break. I’ve been exausted the past few days and the nausea comes in extreme waves. One second I’m starving, the next I could puke. I have headaches, I cant focus, my teeth hurt, and my jaw gets tired from chewing (I know – weird, right?) My body is tired from its constantly heightened cancer – whacking state. I know I’m stubborn, but I don’t know how much more my body can handle.
So I get a break from the immunotherapy for a little while and celebrate my clean scans from the couch with the kitty!