Keri's Metastatic Breast Cancer Story: Adding Avastin to My Chemo Treatment
My name is Doug Haberstroh, and this is the story of my wife Keri. Keri was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 25. The cancer spread to her sacrum, and now we are dealing with treatment for metastatic breast cancer. This update from Keri explains a new drug, Avastin, being put into the Chemo treatment. Keri also explains her new daily routine during this round.
Subject: Two Down
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2006 1:12 PM
Just wanted to fill you in on the latest. I went through my second chemo treatment this past Tuesday. They wanted to speed things up doing it in two weeks instead of three to see if it would help alleviate my pain. They also changed one of my drugs to a newer one that seemingly has no side effects. It's called Avastin.
I just do what the doctor says and take what the doctor prescribes. My pain seems to be minimizing, but not gone. It seems that over night and first thing in the morning is when it's bad, but after taking some meds the rest of the day is pain free. Hopefully having this second treatment this early will help get rid of this pain.
I know I can't expect it to automatically go away, but it would be nice if I could. For the most part it's tolerable because I'm sleeping when it hurts. Just that early morning time is hard.
From now on though the treatments will be every three weeks like we originally planned. Although now I have an earlier finishing date. My doctor is keeping a very close eye on me and I've been more open about asking him questions regarding other treatments and my case. So far what we are doing now is the best option, but I know he's looking out for me and trying to find anything he can to help me get rid of this.
So far side effects have been little. The pills make my mouth dry, but in a way that's a good thing because then I drink a lot of fluids, which keeps me hydrated. Other than that I'm just waiting for the day my hair starts to fall out again. For now I'm just hoping it lasts until the end of next week. I have a friend's wedding to go to and I would love to still have my hair for that.
I've figured out the fatigue time frame. I have chemo on day one and am tired for about 3 more days. That's not too bad. I'm staying inside most of the time, though that is due to the horrendous heat that is Florida summer. I'm keeping busy with projects at home and of course the dog. It's nice to have the companionship of the dog this time. Makes the days a little easier to get through when you have someone to say good morning to and play with in the afternoon. Well, not much else to tell.
We are still waiting on words for when and where we will be moving. The latest was maybe leaving here by Feb 2007, but then we got another recent email that said budget issues are putting everything on hold for now. So who knows and we'll just have to wait and see. I hope you are all keeping well and cool this summer. Of course I'll be keeping the updates coming as things progress. Thanks for all the support. It really helps me get through this and it helps Doug as well. Talk to you again soon.
Love to you all,
Read more about Avastin:
Avastin News - Avastin Survival Data Mixed in Breast Cancer - Reuters Health
Avastin News - US Panel Rejects Avastin for Use in Breast Cancer - Reuters Health
FDA Takes Cautious Approach to Avastin as Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment - from Expert Patient PJ Hamel
Avastin: What's New in Breast Cancer Research - from Fran Visco, President of the National Breast Cancer Coalition