Cole finished his second round of chemotherapy on Tuesday, February 23rd. Because he is undergoing radiation, he only received Vincristine this time and not Doxorubicin.
Doxorubicin (Adriamycin) is one of the most powerful chemotherapy drugs ever invented. It can kill cancer cells at every point in their life cycle, and it's used to treat a wide variety of cancers. Unfortunately, the drug can also damage heart cells, so a patient can't take it indefinitely.
For the first time, Cole was able to go downtown for chemotherapy and return home without an overnight stay. Nurse Mike was trained on how to administer IV fluids at home to complete his treatment - see picture below. Cole made the couch his bed for the night, and Nurse Mike administered fluids as needed. All went well - maybe Mike missed his calling in life:)
Cole will complete his seven weeks of radiation on Tuesday, March 2nd. Today he came home with an antiseptic rinse and topical cream to deal with the radiation burn on his left forearm. To make matters worse, he tore a layer of skin off his arm while playing basketball. We will try to focus on healing and keeping the wound clean. If only a teenage boy would follow the guidance given by doctors and parents!
A full body PET-CT scan will take place on Friday, March 5th and an MRI on Monday, March 8th. This is the part of the journey that causes the most anxiety for me. This is where we find out if the tumors are responding to the chemotherapy and radiation. If it is working, I will again breath a sigh of relief, and we move on to the next phase of treatment. If it is not working...(stab to my heart). The very thought of this brings tears to my eyes so I am going to choose not to live there.
Please continue to pray for complete healing and health for Cole!
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