Week 61 Day 7: Second day of 7th Cycle
On the second day of #folfiri, so far so good, no nauseous or diarrhoea but fatigue kicks in real fast. Trying to get used to carrying the “ball” around haha. Appetite is normal, just a little lesser than before. Hair is starting to drop but I had a crewcut so not much diff, doc mentioned that I will drop around 50% this time round. Happy that the body is taking it very well and please let this #chemotherapy shrink or even kill the tumours. I will be more than happy to go under the knife again to remove them! Bring it on! Fighting!
I’m a genius! Was thinking how am I going to sleep with that ball. Solution! 3M hook + a little pouch. Lol #watchmingbeatcancer #folfiri
@dap new toy for kikko Lol
7th cycle done! My little package for 3 days. Pls let this chemo work! Kill and destroy the cancer cell! Body feels normal, doc say I will be tired on the 3rd day. Hungry now! #folfiri #chemotherapy
7th cycle! Here we go! #watchmingbeatcancer #chemotherapy #folfiri (at Paragon Medical Centre @ Paragon)
Week 61 Day 5: Ready!
#portacath insertion went well, was a little worried yesterday becoz it was causing me so much pain yesterday evening. Thankfully, the body is awesome to welcome the foreign object under the skin. Tml is the day! 7th #chemotherapy cycle! #watchmingbeatcancer
#portacath -ed #watchmingbeatcancer
Early early ~ #portacath #watchmingbeatcancer (at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital)
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)