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Week 61 Day 3: Treatment Confirmed!

8 Aug 2014 will be another day for me to remember. The day my oncologist broke the news of my #cancer recurrence and I was officially classified as a Stage 4 Cancer carrier. Today is exactly 3 weeks from when I was diagnosed, so far I’ve met with 5 oncologists, 1 gastro surgeon, 1 lung/chest surgeon, 1 vein vascular surgeon and 1 general surgeon.

Moving forward, this is our game plan in phases!

Phase 1: 3 months #chemotherapy + observation (we need to see whether the chemo is effective, else we need to change the cocktails along the way) (may drag 6 months)


Phase 2: Chemo effective! We will access whether I can go for the surgery. If both tumours shrank and retarded, we will go in and get them out. 2 surgeons will come in, a lung surgeon to remove the one at my chest wall and another stomach surgeon to remove the problematic one underneath my left pectoral. Of course, the best outcome is both tumours disappears! Most prob it will!


Phase 3: Chemo continues! Or even better! Stops!


Now for the cock tail.

My oncologist has advised me to start on FOLFIRI, it is a cocktail of Leucovorin Calcium + Fluouracil + Irinotecan Hydrochloride. This cocktail is proposed because it has been proven effective for metastatic cancer and second-line therapy like me. 1 cycle is 2 weeks, each dosage is 2hours + 48hrs. I will be starting chemotherapy this coming Monday 1 Sept. I will be inserting a Port-A-Cath to administer the drugs. It will look something like the picture. It is an implanted venous access device, also known as an implanted port, placed completely under the skin. It is used for patients who require frequent or continuous chemotherapy administration. So no more bruised veins! Yeah!


It was a mentally draining 3 weeks for me, one moment I thought I was given a death sentence and the next moment I was up running around refusing to believe and surging forward looking for more opinions/advices/answers. And now I am ready! I am more than ready! A great takeaway from this episode will be learning to focus on what you can control rather than worrying on what you can’t.


Cancer Annihilation starts Monday! #watchmingbeatcancer

Week 61 Day 3: Treatment Confirmed!

8 Aug 2014 will be another day for me to remember. The day my oncologist broke the news of my #cancer recurrence and I was officially classified as a Stage 4 Cancer carrier. Today is exactly 3 weeks from when I was diagnosed, so far I’ve met with 5 oncologists, 1 gastro surgeon, 1 lung/chest surgeon, 1 vein vascular surgeon and 1 general surgeon.

Moving forward, this is our game plan in phases!

Phase 1: 3 months #chemotherapy + observation (we need to see whether the chemo is effective, else we need to change the cocktails along the way) (may drag 6 months)


Phase 2: Chemo effective! We will access whether I can go for the surgery. If both tumours shrank and retarded, we will go in and get them out. 2 surgeons will come in, a lung surgeon to remove the one at my chest wall and another stomach surgeon to remove the problematic one underneath my left pectoral. Of course, the best outcome is both tumours disappears! Most prob it will!


Phase 3: Chemo continues! Or even better! Stops!


Now for the cock tail.

My oncologist has advised me to start on FOLFIRI, it is a cocktail of Leucovorin Calcium + Fluouracil + Irinotecan Hydrochloride. This cocktail is proposed because it has been proven effective for metastatic cancer and second-line therapy like me. 1 cycle is 2 weeks, each dosage is 2hours + 48hrs. I will be starting chemotherapy this coming Monday 1 Sept. I will be inserting a Port-A-Cath to administer the drugs. It will look something like the picture. It is an implanted venous access device, also known as an implanted port, placed completely under the skin. It is used for patients who require frequent or continuous chemotherapy administration. So no more bruised veins! Yeah!


It was a mentally draining 3 weeks for me, one moment I thought I was given a death sentence and the next moment I was up running around refusing to believe and surging forward looking for more opinions/advices/answers. And now I am ready! I am more than ready! A great takeaway from this episode will be learning to focus on what you can control rather than worrying on what you can’t.


Cancer Annihilation starts Monday! #watchmingbeatcancer

Early prep for #chemotherapy . Decided to go very short this time round. New look! Lol #watchmingbeatcancer  (at Peridot Salon)

Early prep for #chemotherapy . Decided to go very short this time round. New look! Lol #watchmingbeatcancer (at Peridot Salon)

From @dap
I am the rough part
#nightfestival  (at Singapore Art Museum)

From @dap
I am the rough part
#nightfestival (at Singapore Art Museum)

#R2d2 #nightfestival (at Singapore Art Museum)

#R2d2 #nightfestival (at Singapore Art Museum)

Dinner date with baby @dap 
#watchmingbeatcancer  (at Torte)

Dinner date with baby @dap
#watchmingbeatcancer (at Torte)

Dinner date with baby @dap 
#watchmingbeatcancer  (at Torte)

Dinner date with baby @dap
#watchmingbeatcancer (at Torte)

Here we go! #watchmingbeatcancer #petscan #ootd #newbalance (at Paragon Medical Centre @ Paragon)

Here we go! #watchmingbeatcancer #petscan #ootd #newbalance (at Paragon Medical Centre @ Paragon)

1st stop today! Earlier than the reception Lol 
#bloodtest #watchmingbeatcancer  (at Mount Elizabeth Hospital)

1st stop today! Earlier than the reception Lol
#bloodtest #watchmingbeatcancer (at Mount Elizabeth Hospital)

Week 60 Day 1: We can’t control our lives but we can control how we live

After an intense week of back-to-back visits to numerous oncologists, I pretty much gathered all the feedback and info I needed for my treatment. Bear with me as I go through my “cocktail” list, WARNING: very medically “lingo-ed”. 1) Cocktail 1: mFOLFOX6 - Fluoropyrimidine(48hours Pump/IV) + Oxaliplatin(1hr IV) + Xeloda(Oral) + GDC0068 or Placebo
Cost: Sponsored as it is a clinical trial
Duration: 2 weeks per cycle, total min. 8 cycles

2) Cocktail 2: DCX - Docetaxel (1hour IV) +Cisplatin(20-30mins IV) + Xeloda (Oral)
Cost: est 3K per cycle
Duration: 3 weeks per cycle, total min. 3 cycles

3) Cocktail 3 (NEW): Paclitxel (IV) + Ramucirumab (IV)
Cost: est 10K per month or Sponsored if I can enrol into their program
Duration: min. 6 months

I am excited about Ramucirumab because it was only recently approved by FDA a few months back. It is so new that no one in Singapore had tried it. I had also decided on my oncologist, he is the one that believe I shouldn’t be looking only to manage or control the #cancer. We should be looking to stop and kill the damn thing completely. Having said that, it means that we are looking at all possibilities like going for long term #chemotherapy + local treatment (surgery and #radiation). Something to share, I have accepted the fact that my cancer is rare and that’s why the list of cocktails are limited. Unlike common cancers, you have a full list of treatments. Stage 4 cancers are treatable but for my case, the chances are 4%. BUT! With my age, my current body condition, my health and my good looks.. LOL. I will be working and fighting very hard to be that 4%! This is also the reason why I’ve been running around like a madman seeking for more opinions last week. I am not giving up, so don’t give up on me. Just believe in me and #watchmingbeatcancer !

Week 60 Day 1: We can’t control our lives but we can control how we live

After an intense week of back-to-back visits to numerous oncologists, I pretty much gathered all the feedback and info I needed for my treatment. Bear with me as I go through my “cocktail” list, WARNING: very medically “lingo-ed”. 1) Cocktail 1: mFOLFOX6 - Fluoropyrimidine(48hours Pump/IV) + Oxaliplatin(1hr IV) + Xeloda(Oral) + GDC0068 or Placebo
Cost: Sponsored as it is a clinical trial
Duration: 2 weeks per cycle, total min. 8 cycles

2) Cocktail 2: DCX - Docetaxel (1hour IV) +Cisplatin(20-30mins IV) + Xeloda (Oral)
Cost: est 3K per cycle
Duration: 3 weeks per cycle, total min. 3 cycles

3) Cocktail 3 (NEW): Paclitxel (IV) + Ramucirumab (IV)
Cost: est 10K per month or Sponsored if I can enrol into their program
Duration: min. 6 months

I am excited about Ramucirumab because it was only recently approved by FDA a few months back. It is so new that no one in Singapore had tried it. I had also decided on my oncologist, he is the one that believe I shouldn’t be looking only to manage or control the #cancer. We should be looking to stop and kill the damn thing completely. Having said that, it means that we are looking at all possibilities like going for long term #chemotherapy + local treatment (surgery and #radiation). Something to share, I have accepted the fact that my cancer is rare and that’s why the list of cocktails are limited. Unlike common cancers, you have a full list of treatments. Stage 4 cancers are treatable but for my case, the chances are 4%. BUT! With my age, my current body condition, my health and my good looks.. LOL. I will be working and fighting very hard to be that 4%! This is also the reason why I’ve been running around like a madman seeking for more opinions last week. I am not giving up, so don’t give up on me. Just believe in me and #watchmingbeatcancer !

After a week of intensive opinions searching. Time to have a break and a good run! #watchmingbeatcancer #lifegoeson  (at Kallang Riverside Park)

After a week of intensive opinions searching. Time to have a break and a good run! #watchmingbeatcancer #lifegoeson (at Kallang Riverside Park)