Mmmmmm ... chemo! I get my toxic chemo cocktail this afternoon at 1:00. My liver enzyme counts have come down considerably.
ALT is the one liver enzyme count that is not quite down to normal. Normal is between 5 and 45. Mine was at 15 before I started chemo. Last week it was 698. Today it's at 116.
My oncologist thinks chemo was the cause of the liver enzymes being out of whack so he's suggesting that we go ahead with chemo but he will reduce the "E" (of my FEC chemo combo) by 25% and see if that makes a difference. He suspects that my liver enzymes counts will still end up being high. I'll have more blood tests done next week to see where things sit.
My oncologist had earlier suggested giving me preventative antibiotics at the time of this chemo treatment with the hope of preventing the fever and infections that landed me in the hospital last time. But now he's recommending against the antibiotics to reduce any further liver issues and to help them pinpoint the exact cause of the raised liver enzyme counts.
He will, however, start me on neupogen after my chemo treatment. This will involve, I think, 5 injections (one every 2nd day) after treatment. Neupogen is supposed to help my white blood cells recover more quickly. Maybe that will make a difference. The side-effect that is most common with neupogen is bone aches. Hopefully that will be minimal.
Anyway, as strange as it may sound, I'm so excited to get kicked down by chemo again! Now to get ready. Drink lots of water ... light lunch ... dress warm ... take a blankie ... take my bear slippers ... take my princess crown ... remember that I'm surrounded by such a good team ... imagine them cheering me on from the side-lines and blocking for me as I soldier on. Good to go!
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