The Schedule Is Set

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.

11 thoughts on “The Schedule Is Set”

  1. Wow – no kidding it is a full time job. I hope that you tolerate the chemo well with little side effects. Don’t try to do too much to prove anything to anyone and make sure Helaine and Stef take care of themselves too!

  2. Prayers that all goes good for you during this next phase. Just remember to eat even though you won’t feel like it. Need to keep your strength up.

  3. If you get Nupogen after chemo be sure to take some Tylenol. Hubby’s arm would be super sore but Tylenol helped. Ginger lollipops also helped with nausea.
    All of our best on this new part of your journey.

  4. One day at a time and you will get there. May this be just a “blip” in the road…(a rather large one). Thanks for keeping us updated. I keep you and your family in my prayers.

  5. Praying for a good outcome with Chemo and radiation. My mother had cancer for 50 years. She passed last year, but what a trooper she was. She always had a smile on her face and refused to have a lousy day. You can do this, and we are all praying for you. Miss you on the TV.

  6. Hi Geoff,
    Praying for you. I hope that the chemo treatment will be tolerable for you.
    Geoff, have you spoken to your radiologist about Cyberknife radiation? Might be interesting. After 6 rounds of chemo I had 3 treatments of Cyberknife radiation. Followed by 3 more rounds of chemo. It’s worth a conversation Geoff.

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