My treatment moves along. Next step chemo. I start next Wednesday in Newport Beach.
The standard chemo drug for pancreatic cancer is Gemzar. It is supposed to stop the growth and spread of cancer cells. Gemzar is administered by infusion, meaning it’s dripped right into my bloodstream. Considering my recent history it’s likely I’ll tolerate Gemzar well. That would be huge.
The surgically implanted port I got Friday will be my chemotherapy point-of-entry. It should save time and pain.
I’ll have four 1.5 hour sessions over six weeks plus a few extra injections, tests and exams. My calendar’s full until January! We’re in serious medicine here. It demands commitment. Having cancer is a fulltime job.
Chemo is followed by daily radiation for six weeks followed by another round of chemo. All together these treatments cover six months. I guess I won’t be traveling a lot.