Thursday, August 25, 2011

All well now

Good news !
Went for another round of foot and back massage yesterday . Feel good .
Today, I take a drive to office ( 30 minutes drive ) with Chris beside me and it all goes well .
Thanks for all the prayer and God's blessing .
Will have good rest in coming days to make sure my body recover better and ready for the next chemo on 5th Sept.
One more good news is that the lymph lobe lump in my neck now have reduce in size and hopefully i will goes off in next couple of days.
Good nite .
God Bless

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It is cooling today and the feel is good

Today is the best morning I have after the many roller coaster day .
Kind of relief and feel peace.
Sit on my reclining chair next to window with the cool breeze . It is nice and it make me feel great . Weather is cooling today.
Hope that the same feeling will last for the day and many many more days .
Yesterday I went for a round of massage. looks like it did help .
Some little changes to my body system, I start to sweat ( when cover by blanket ) after I took panadol or any painkiller . Then, yesterday night, even without the the panadol, it happen the same .
Good thing is that I will feel good after the sweat . Bad is that I do not think it is good to have such a way to sweat .
Another concern that I am having now is on last Friday, there is some small seeds show up under the skin of my neck , not really disturb me, but, a little of pain .
Then, I try to rub it , as it happen in my waist before and I manage to rub it off with ointment, but, it not works for this time.
Next morning, it swollen and become a lump. Looks like it is lymph lobe lump .
So far, it is not disturbing, will monitor for another day, if no improvement, will consult with doctor .

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The solution can be simple

Yesterday morning feeling very bad and decided to take blood test ( to check my blood count ) and ultra sound for my heart ( as I feel very weak ).
Meet up with doctor, he did some checking on my chest , pulse rate and stomach.
His conclusion is that heart is working okay , not a need for ultra sound, Blood test not necessary as my overall appearance looks okay, Lung is functioning very well with very clear air flow .
The problem that I have is gastric , so , he prescribe medicine to solve my gastric , Gaviscon Liquid ( to relief heartburn & acid indigestion ) , Ultracet ( to manage pain ) and Controloc ( for gastric ) .
After taking the medicine and rest for one over hour, I am feeling good and start to have appetite to eat ... GREAT !
Another round of medication in the evening and back to bed , have quite a good rest thro' the night .
So, moral of the story is that the solution can be simple , if we don't complicate it .
Looks like I hv think too much about the side effect and forgotten that I should consult my doctor .
Anyway, all fine and it is a great relief .
This morning, wake up at 4 + am, feel headache and very cold . Off aircon and add clothing, have a drink and biscuit , took panadol and back to bed .
After a while start sweating and feel very good .
By 6 + am, I took the gastric medicine Controloc ( to be taken 1 hour before food ) and back to sleep again. Still sweating .
All seems okay ! Then, I start to feel weak , as body keep sweating . By 8 + am, my blood pressure reading is 92/56 and feel very dizzy .
I am now feeling better after drink some hot boil Red date with ginger and blood pressure is now back to 100/63 . Still tire, but, should be okay .

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Day 11 of first cycle

Never expected until now, Day 11, I am not fully recover yet. Normally by now, I am driving around to buy groceries or lunch with friends.
Stomach still upset , everytime after food feel very uneasy.
Meantime, can not really sleep , continue to nap as when I feel tire.
For me, it looks like when the side effect is very minimum at the first few days, it will strike me hard with something , hahahahaha , so , maybe shud bargain for earlier side effect to take place , so that , can recover faster .
This morning decided to take chinese medicine to ease the gas , " So Hup " pills 蘇合丸, praying it will works .
Looking forward to have some nice Dim Sum in coming days " Yummy "
Yes ! Good sign after chemo is that I cough less ( not sure is it because I have no strength to cough ) and the colour of phlegm back to normal with no blood stain
( means bleeding stop ) ... Praise the Lord !

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen ...

Mr Ben Leer of introduce me to this site for more information of Mesothelioma . I think it is good information to share with you .>
Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that primarily affects the lining of the lungs, but can also affect the heart, abdomen and other organs. Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 cases of mesothelioma cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, comprising around .3 percent of all cancer diagnoses. The average age at diagnosis is 62 years of age, occurs about four times more frequently in men than in women and is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.

The life expectancy for mesothelioma patients is generally reported as less than one year following diagnosis, however, a patient's prognosis can be positively affected by numerous factors including how early the cancer is diagnosed and how aggressively it is treated.

Mesothelioma Types
The type of mesothelioma you are diagnosed with effects what treatment you will receive, as well as your prognosis.

Pleural Mesothelioma Developing in the lining of the lungs, pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of the cancer. Approximately 75 percent of cases involve the pleura.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Developing in the lining of the abdominal cavity, peritoneal mesothelioma represents about 20 percent of all mesothelioma cases.

Pericardial Mesothelioma Representing about 5 percent of mesothelioma cases, pericardial mesothelioma is a very rare form of the cancer that develops in the lining of the heart.

Mesothelioma Causes
Exposure to asbestos is the leading cause of mesothelioma cancer. Exposure can occur by either inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers, which typically become airborne after asbestos-containing products have been damaged. When these microscopic fibers are inhaled, they can become lodged in the lining of the lungs and cause pleural mesothelioma. When ingested, the fibers can become lodged in the lining of the abdomen and lead to peritoneal mesothelioma.

Occupational exposure to asbestos presents the greatest risk of developing mesothelioma later in life since workers were exposed to asbestos through the products they used regularly. Secondary exposure to asbestos - which occurs when someone occupationally exposed to asbestos brings home the toxic fibers on their clothing, skin and hair - can also lead to mesothelioma. Environmental exposure to asbestos is another cause of mesothelioma cancer, and one of the most prominent examples is the city-wide exposure that has taken place in Libby, Montana.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

On Sunday afternoon, things getting better with less bone/muscle/body aching .
Feel so much better and ask Chris to order me double boil chicken soup noddle for dinner .
I am too happy with my condition and finish the whole bowl of noddle and the soup with chicken meat.
Problem start just less than 1/2 hour, gassy stomach get worst and whole night suffering.
Yesterday morning , gassy stomach continue and feel very very tire .
By afternoon, took gastric medicine and it did help to release gas in the evening .
Just feel tire and want to sleep , Thks God that finally I have quite a good night rest .
Today morning feel better with gassy stomach, but, bone ; muscle/body aching all back and it is like the side effect start to happen again.
Forcing myself to drink a lot of water and move as much as I can ( actually this is the first day that I am really do not feel like moving too much because of body aching) .
After breakfast, back to bed and rest until 11 am . Feel much better and my parent and sister visited me .
After lunch , back to bed, rest and take double boil cordyceps .
Praying for better recovery by tonight with good night rest .

Sunday, August 14, 2011

It is a "hard" , "hard" day to deal with ... :)
Since yesterday midnight, the side effect strike .
Muscle pain , bone pain . Whole body aching , right from neck down and very dyhydrate .
Wake up every 1 to 2 hours to drink water .
Anyway, I decided not to just sleep or sit or resting, where the muscle may get stiff and I may have more pain to deal with later.
So, yesterday, I am trying my very best to move around slowly with light exercise , brisk walking , stretching my body, to ensure have very good blood circulation.
It is hard , but, still manage to cope with it and the hard day continue today ...
God bless ! Can eat well ( cooking from Chris is just nice to my taste and it did help so much ) .
Please join me to sing this song today ... " Pain , Pain , go away ... ! "

Friday, August 12, 2011

Finally settle down with the 3rd booster today afternoon.
Dehydration start this morning and the normal side effect, minor nausea, gastric , bone pain and so on continue .
But, overall is very much better than expectation .
Drink a lot of water today to counter dehydration and since yesterday start with small input per meal to counter the hiccup and gassy stomach. So far, works very well with it .
The 3 days medication with Dexamethasone completed yesterday, so, today have to start dealing with side effect without Dexamethasone.
How does this drug work?
Dexamethasone is a type of steroid drug known as a glucocorticosteroid. It is a man-made version of a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Glucocorticosteroids have a wide range of actions on many parts of the body. The ways in which they cause these many different effects aren't exactly clear.

The main effects of dexamethasone and steroids like it seem to be due to their anti-inflammatory properties and their ability to alter immune system responses. For example, dexamethasone helps prevent white blood cells from traveling to areas of the body where they might add to swelling problems (such as around tumors). It also seems to help with the treatment of certain blood cancers (such as leukemias) by causing some cancerous white blood cells to commit suicide.

The reasons for some of its other actions, such as increasing appetite and reducing nausea, aren't as clear.
Anyway, for until now, everything is well and with Lord's blessing, I will cope well in coming days.

Good nite ... :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Feel great !
God is great ! Fighting the battle with Lord by my side is great and amazing !
Upto now with very minimum side effect, manage to have motion today and feel so much better.
Also have about 6 hours good night rest yesterday .
Today start with my first booster and it works well for until now, without the expected side effect to take place .
Praying to Lord blessing for me to have the 2nd and 3rd booster works well for tomorrow and Friday .
Good nite !
May Lord bless all of you to have a good good day too ... :)


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Today reaction to the drug remind me of the first chemo I went thro' in 2008 with Taxol + Carboplatin .
Hiccup ; Nausea ; Tire ; Metallic taste ; not sleeping well, but, it is all very minor and manage to cope with it .
The only side effect concern me most is constipation , hopefully can over come it by tomorrow .
Thanks Lord , all goes well and looking forward to the injection of booster by tomorrow.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Good day !

Start treatment this morning with the Chemo drug Taxotere ( Docetaxel ) and Zometa (Zoledronic Acid) after the premedication drug Dexamethasone and Kytril .

Docetaxel is a type of chemotherapy drug known as a taxane. It interferes with microtubules, which are part of the internal structure cells need when they are dividing. This leads to cell death. Because cancer cells divide faster than normal cells, they are more likely than normal cells to be affected by this drug.

Zoledronic acid is a type of drug known as a bisphosphonate. It is used to help treat cancer that has spread to the bones, usually along with other treatments such as chemotherapy. It lowers the risk of fractures and other bone problems. It is also used to lower high blood calcium levels in people who have cancer in the bones.

All goes well and coping well with it for until now .

Since about 8 pm , start to have some very slight back bone pain ( not serious ) and
about 10 pm, start to have metallic taste , anyway, this is the expected side effect.

Manage to have workout ( light exercise ) in the evening for about an hour to sweat out and feel better .

Thanks for Chris accompany me the whole day and visit by Fook Wai with snacks ... :) .

Wish the side effect by tomorrow and coming days will be minimum .

Main concern for me is the booster to take on 3rd / 4th and 5th day , with doctor suggested to use Granocyte , as Taxotere can lower our white blood cell count, especially in the weeks after the drug is given. This can increase our chance of getting a serious, or even life-threatening, infection.

Pray for God's grace and blessing for me to continue cope well with the chemo drug side effect .

Wish to have a good night sleep tonight in Pantai Medical KL and discharge tomorrow after a night of observation .

Good nite .

Friday, August 5, 2011

Time for treatment

Last week X Ray show no big changes , but, Tumor marker CEA go up to near 3000 .
Early this week, on Tuesday, proceed for CT scan and the result show progression . The biggest tumor now increase to 11.3 cm from 8.5 cm ( last CT scan on early May ) . Means the progession is very fast for last 3 months.
So, there is no reason to wait and watch anymore .
Disucssed with doctor and decided to start the treatment by next Monday with different drug from the previous chemo treatment.
These few days is busy in getting things organise, so that I can focus in my treatment for the coming 18 weeks ( 6 cycles with 3 weeks once )
Well , time to have my good rest at home ,enjoy my colour pencil drawing again.
Am I ready ?
Yes ! I am ready for it .