Thursday, February 23, 2012
Update- Partial chemo started
Sorry for the delay in updating.. Since the last post, Curtis' bilirubin went up to 11. That day we decided to have them put in two additional stents in the hepatic ducts (right and left). The surgeon was afraid that the bilirubin was staying high because Curtis had damage to his liver from the cancer. We decided to go ahead with the two additional stents last Wednesday.. I think.. By Saturday, his bilirubin had gone down to 8. Last Monday it was down to 4. So the stents are working!! Hopefully, the bilirubin will be down enough by Monday so he can have the full Folfiri and Cetuximab. Last Thursday they were able to start him on the 5fu, Leucovorin and cetuximab and yesterday he had another dose of Cetuximab. He is doing very well with this round of chemo. Things are starting to calm down a bit, his pain is under control and he is finally able to sleep, and the edema (swelling) in his legs and feet is slowly going down as well. We are currently looking into some alternative treatments with possibly Cesium chloride along with other supplements to try and keep his immune system up and keeping his cells oxygenated. It is very expensive though, so we are trying to find out of it is even a possibility at this point.