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Yippee! We're done with chemo!

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  • Yippee! We're done with chemo!

    Well, we went for Thomas' last chemo week this morning -- it would have been his 4th round -- but the doctor said he's done. You might remember that there was some discussion about whether to do 2 rounds or 4 rounds of chemo since Thomas was post-RPLND. The surgeon said only 2 rounds was necessary, but the oncologist thought we should go with all 4 rounds. So we did 3 rounds and had to wait until after yesterday's bloodwork and the oncologist appointment this morning before he made the final decision to stop at 3. We're ok with that!

    He goes back in 1 month for bloodwork and CT scan (I think) and to see the oncologist; then the regular follow-up schedule begins. I'm so relieved to have this behind us, but it will still be a bit of a worry for years that it may return in some other form. But, phew, chemo is done! Yippee!

    I'm so thankful for everyone who posts about their experience, because it helped so much for me to have some idea about what Thomas was going to go through. And I wish everyone good luck and hope you get well soon.

    Thanks for being here.


  • #2
    That's a huge step. Congratulations.
    Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

    Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.


    • #3
      Hooray!!! I am doing the happy dance all over my office for you. Door closed of course (bad dancer).

      THIS is great news!

      Co-survivor with husband Boyce, Diagnosed 7-11-06, orchiectomy right testicle on 7-12-06- Stage 3A: Mixed germ cell tumor with inguinal seminomatous and kartotypic carcinoma. One tumor over 10 cm, second tumor 4 cm, Chemo 4xBEP: Bi-lateral RPLND Dec 2006, nerve sparing but left sterile.
      Current DVT
      Current testosterone replacement therapy, Testim.

      "You must abandon the life you planned, to live the life that was meant for you" ~wisdom I have learned from my family on this forum


      • #4
        Good going! Wishing you the best,
        "Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller
        11.22.06 -Dx the day before Thanksgiving
        12.09.06 -Rt I/O; 100% seminoma, multifocal; Stage I-A; Surveillance; Six years out! I consider myself cured.


        • #5
          Glad the chemo is over, wishing you all the best.
          Brother Diag. 10/05 Non-Sem.
          Right I/O 11/05
          4XBEP 8/06
          RPLND 12/06
          2X VIP 1/22/07
          Only completed 1 Rd.


          • #6
            Congrats. Good luck in the future


            • #7

              - lump first noticed 11/20/2005
              - I/O right Dec 8, 2005
              - 95% embryonal / 5% seminoma
              - normal markers PRE surgery
              - no vascular invasion, tunica free of cancer, epididymis free of cancer, lungs free, lymph free
              - Stage I diagnosis
              - surveillance
              - mid feb '06, beta hcg slightly elevated = 4.6...small enlarged lower node seen on CT scan...
              - 3BEP began feb 20, 2006
              - finished 3 BEP, last bleo, april 17, 2006
              - CT scan, blood markers, chest..all clear
              - back on surveillance