Tag Archives: gemcitabine

Cycle 1 Begins

11 Aug

The day started with me feeling poorly, but I was pretty determined to make it through this day! I got a ride to the infusion center and got some blood work done. I got my port accessed and flushed, and I got some Tylenol and Ativan. When the blood work showed that my counts were okay, I started getting an IV anti-nausea medication and some fluids. At this point, I got a test dose of the Gemcitabine, and when I didn’t have an adverse reaction to it, I got the Gemcitabine infusion, which only lasts 30 minutes. I guess I shouldn’t have stayed up so late last night, because I was half asleep throughout this whole process. It was over relatively quickly, and I’m supposed to take the Sunitinib this evening. We will see how I feel then.

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So Here’s What I Did…

10 Aug

I hightailed it over to ATL where the trial is so that I can stop sitting around here feeling sorry for myself. Moping is against medical advice. I can actually DO something about my health now. I know I’m technically not really exactly supposed to be driving, but what’s the worst that can happen, right? I made it here safely. Plus, school starts Monday, and I HAD to be here for that. I hate missing school, and it gives me something to think about instead of sitting around having a pity party. My parents didn’t know I left until I got here. They were PISSED, OMG! But since I made it safely and I’m 8 hours away, there’s not much they can really do about it now besides yell at me over the phone. I can handle that. They’ll get over it…I hope. So now…I start the clinical trial tomorrow, and this is the best way it’ll match up with my school schedule, so I shouldn’t have to miss much school. I’ll be on Sunitinib (Sutent™) and Gemcitabine (Gemzar™) together…we’ll see how this goes.

Clinical Trial

9 Jul

I talked to my onc today. Good news, I’ve been discharged! I’m also getting a home health aid through Hospice. My onc is working on a clinical trial that applies to me and that I qualify for…and it’s enrolling now, and I decided to go ahead and let him enroll me in it. My mom would really appreciate it. It’s in phase II. They’re trying Sunitinib in combination with Gemcitabine, which means I’ll be back to getting chemo through an IV and not just oral chemo, though Sunitinib is an oral one. I’m not quite sure how I feel about this, but I figure I have nothing to lose, right? Well, nothing but potentially quality of life. But quality schmality (sarcasm). It’s good, because there’s usually something that excludes me from clinical trials, but this one seems to be a little broader, so I qualify for this one. The trial is at the hospital that’s a little further, but it’s only a 10 to 15 minute drive away as opposed to the one I usually go to, which is 4 blocks away. It’ll be worth it, though. At least there’s something new to be hopeful about.