Sunday, September 11, 2011
Home Sweet Home
They finally let Curtis come home last night. We were there for 4 days and he left in the same condition as he went in. He has not been eating much, so his stomach pain is a little better, but when he eats he is in a lot of pain. He has been on just liquids for a couple days now (and a chocolate cupcake he couldn't resist :) For a cancer patient, he has quite the appetite. They are going to do nutrition via IV if he is not able to eat much by his appointment on Tuesday for chemotherapy. The new nodules in his lungs might both be a combination of a side effect of the study drug and new cancer growth. They are not really sure if the new cancer growth is actually cancer or just a nodule. His CEA level has increased (CEA is a tumor marker that increases when the cancer is more active), but the oncologist said this may happen with an intestinal obstruction as well. They want to keep him on the study drug and his normal chemo with Folfox and Avastin for now and monitor his CEA in a few weeks, if it keeps going up, they will change his chemo, if it starts to decline, they will continue on the same treatment. Curtis wanted me to make sure that everyone knows how much we appreciate all your love, support and prayers, it makes this situation more manageable.