Jeff is more than half way through with his chemo radiation treatments! Three more weeks to go. Radiation is cathching up to him. By Friday he is wiped out. He gets his strength back on the weekend and then back for more on Monday. But truly, it could be a lot worse. Oh yea, he is loosing his hair on the sides of his head. Natalie was so happy because she wants a bald Daddy! We buzz his hair as close as possible, so he kinda looks like a military guy – not bad:)
We saw Dr. Chen today, his neuro-oncologist-surgeon. I am very happy to report that Dr. Chen was familiar with 3 of the alternative treatments I have researched. In fact he has seen research that supports that they are beneficial and work with the chemo to fight cancer. Such great news! And the other supplements are a go as well.
So what is the plan for Jeff? After the 3 weeks of chemo/radiation, Jeff will be off everything for 1 month to give his body time to recover. Jeff will then have an MRI to see if there are any signs of tumor regrowth.
Best case scenario is that the scan will show no regrowth. Jeff will be on a maintenance dose of oral chemo again, either on a low dose daily, or a higher dose 5 days then off 23 days. I think he is going to opt for the lower dose daily since that seems to be working for him now. Why mess with it right? Down the road if another tumor shows up there are different treatments that can be done (switching up the chemo, more surgery, or clinical trials that Dr. Chen heads) . Good news.
So basically today was a really good day. Jeff and I felt uplifted as we were driving home. We believe that God is putting so many pieces together in our favor. He is leading our way. He is our hope. We praise him for these little victories.