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Getting Down To Business: Chemo And Stem Cells

Wednesday: We walked into Dr. W’s office expecting to get the details on Bob’s treatment, which we got. And then Bob got hooked up to start his chemo right then and there. Seems this time around, chemo is going to be a 3-day process instead of that cushy 1-day deal he had last time. Plus, he gets to bring home a an IV pack for a sleepover on that first night, along with a pump that he carries around in a fetching black man satchel. You know you’re jealous.

The chemo regimen is called R-DHAP. The “P” is for platinum. I’m pretty sure this means he’ll be able to shit me out an anniversary band. He says he’ll try.

The Nitty Gritty: Chemo will be a 3-day regimen administered every 3-4 weeks for 2-3 cycles. If the cancer is responsive to the chemo, the next step will be an autologous stem cell transplant done at Stanford’s Cancer Center. We’ll be meeting with them for a consult in the coming weeks.

The Numbers: Dr. W does not sugar-coat things, but he has a great sense of humor. It’s a bedside manner that fits us well. He told us that the chance of dying from the stem cell transplant is around 3%, but “what are you going to do, not do it?” Touché. Likewise, the Cure Rate for Bob after the transplant is in the range of 25-50%. But, the cure rate of doing nothing is 0%. Kind of a no brainer which option you’re going to choose. You don’t get to choose whether or not you get the cancer, just whether or not to treat it and the method.

Other than that pesky cancer crap, Bob is in great health: he’s young, he has strong lungs, and a strong heart. Choosing not to have radiation was a good call. It wouldn’t have stopped the return of his cancer, and it saved the wear and tear on his heart and lungs. Plus, he’s cute. That has to help.

First two days of this round are done. One more to go. Time to go snuggle with my man.

Reader Comments (13)

Just letting you know your name is permanently printed in ink highlighted with big pink puffy hearts right at the tippy top of my prayer list!

This cancer asshole OBVIOUSLY doesn't know who he's dealing with and is gonna wind up blinded in BOTH eyes& crippled after all this is over! Stay strong and know you've got a lot of prayer power behind you! XOXOXOXO

PS - *MY* spine Doc got the black g-string show and STILL didn't write me anything worth choking on! I thought he at least would comp the copay...jerk.
December 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterO'Neal
You guys are going to tear cancer up and toss it out the window. I know it. (((HUGS)))
December 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSummer
sending strength and well wishes that you and I will be toasting your hubby's good health at a future blogher! Hugs!
December 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLex - @laprimera

So, it's official. Spine docs are not ass men. 
December 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercalifmom
December 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
RDHAP- Real Diamond Hoop ala Platinum....start shitting that one Bob(LOL) Always the envy of all men...uber-euro Bob, a man of two man bags, I am a wee bit jealous. Just know we are all in this fight with you! Leah, switch it up a little you two sound boring......send Bob to chemo with your thong and the Chemo-Boy emblem emblazoned on his chest......or maybe once on each ass cheek, then wear a pair of his boxers to your MRI, just a thought. I have always kept my Docs at the big "S" wondering what the hell I was gonna pull next, keeps them on their toes
December 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
I think cancer needs another good eye fucking. This time in the OTHER eye.
December 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVDog

Maybe an armpit, too. 
December 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercalifmom
I wonder how cancer feels about anal? Like life sentence prison bitch anal? Cause if he keeps messing with my homegirl, it could easily be arranged - I got people! You hear that cancer?!?!?!? Get your Astroglide ready!!!
December 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterO'Neal

If cancer's gettin' anal, we're skipping the lube. 
December 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercalifmom
thank you, lex!
December 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercalifmom
Cute is good. Strong lungs & heart are good.*HUGS* and #fuckcancer
December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAl_Pal
Did the interwebs just eat my comment? I think so. ;p

OH yeah, so:

Cute good; strong heart & lungs good.


Sending the mellow healing vibes. xoxo
December 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAl_Pal

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