Several years ago our older son, Drew, got involved with mixed martial arts. Yes, our son the easygoing golfer participated in cage fighting for a while. I learned then that a fighter who was losing could tap out and the fight would stop. Tapping out of chemo treatment is what I had in mind, but today the doctor convinced me otherwise.
The very good news is that the cancer is responding well to treatment. The cancer markers in my blood have gone all the way down to 2.6 – in the normal range. The doctor is concerned that stopping chemo now will mean that we’ll lose all the ground we have gained. Part of the problem is I have a KRAS mutant gene that leaves me with fewer treatment options than people without that gene. I won’t bore you with the details, but basically that gene keeps blood flowing to my cancer tumors even when we’re doing everything we can to stop the blood flow.
Instead of stopping, we’re going to try eliminating the more toxic drugs but leave in Avastin (the one that stops blood flow to the tumors) and one other drug. Assuming I tolerate it OK, we’ll do that for three months and do another scan. We’ll also keep a close eye on the cancer markers in my blood.
I have to say, the thought of tapping out really appealed to me. But I’ll be grateful to have the 300 pound gorilla that was pummeling me out of the cage for now and hope that I can tolerate my less beastly opponent.
While I continue treatment, we also intend to explore other options. David found something called insulin potentiation therapy that sounds interesting. It uses about 10% as much chemo as that used in traditional treatments.
Finally, I am happy to report that my pneumonia is much better. It’s easy to take breathing for granted until it nearly stops. I’m very thankful to be breathing easier these days.
Thanks to everyone for your prayers, kind words and concern. You lift my spirits every day.
Still in the cage but not without hope