Well … I had a meeting with my oncologist and she thinks I am having an allergic reaction to the chemo (hence my shortness of breath that put me in the ER) so she has decided I don’t have to do my 4th and final Red Devil chemo and I can move on to the next phase.
WHAT? Holy shit. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am not to do another round. I seriously barely made it through 3 … I really didn’t think I could do a 4th. So when she said no more Red Devil I just about fell at her feet and kissed them.
My heart goes out to anyone who has to do more than 3.
So here’s the story. Remember when I was complaining about my oncologist etc etc etc (read about it here). Well it turns out she’s not an oncologist but the BC Cancer Agencies Cancer GP.
It’s a little confusing (so bear with me) but I had my first initial meeting with oncologist Dr.B and she was the one who explained my treatment plan to me.
I immediately liked her. She has a dry sense of humour and is a very smart scientist. And she’s part of my tribe. She talks with the same cadence as the rest of my Jewish family… 🙂 … so I immediately felt comfortable with her and the way she talks about my treatment.
I have had 2x pre-chemo visits with this other doctor who I thought was an oncologist filling in for Dr.B while she was away or something. Turns out she’s the GP and her job is to make sure I’m ok before I continue with treatment.
OHHHH. Nobody told us that. We thought we were talking to another oncologist.
So when I had complications and went to the ER for my shortness of breath Dr.B was informed and she set up an appointment to see me right away. I asked her why I wasn’t seeing her instead of the other doc and that’s when she explained that the way it works is the GP fills in the gaps so she can focus on the serious stuff.
If I have a minor issue like my fingernails turning black (don’t ask) then the GP takes care of that. If it’s something serious (like my lungs failing) then I see Dr.B.
OK. This all makes sense now … but here’s the thing. I told the GP multiple times that I had issues with my breathing after each chemo. Dr.B checked my file and there is no mention of my lungs in either write up of my visits.
That … is a problem.
So Dr.B has booked me with her when she can fit me into her schedule and she has changed me to a different GP for the other check-ups.
Phew! That was exhausting to explain. Ha ha. I hope it makes sense. 🙂
So the next phase of my treatment plan is I have a couple weeks of recuperation time and then first week of Aug I start with my new chemo. This chemo will be 1x a week for 12 weeks. According to Dr.B it’s easier to handle. Nausea is not a part of this chemo … and I should have an easier time (knock on wood).
Talking things out with Dr.B was excellent. I made a list of my issues/concerns and we talked it through. So I am feeling a bit more optimistic about everything and feel like I have more support from my doc.
So bottom line. No more Red Devil chemo. We are moving to an easier chemo. I am ready for phase 2. BRING IT!