At the Clinic
“ Have you ever seen patients like me?” I asked.
“No,” said the oncologist.
Although I tried 2 regiments with different chemo, cancer was still there. It was a surprise even for the oncologist. She told me that though she has seen patients with metastatic or returning cancer, I was the first one whose cancer stayed local and didn’t go away.
She, who ordered the Estrogen, progesterone, and HER 2 tests, explained to me that cancer could mutate and change its character like from HER2 positive to negative.
Also, even if the test result shows HER2 positive, some cells could have a different type. I feel like I have the Alien, something totally different creature, in my body!
The oncologist recommended for me to have radiation therapy as well as continual chemo with Xeloda and Lapatinib( Tykerb) .
Xeloda and Lapatinib are drugs for metastatic cancer, and usually Lapatinib is used when Herceptin is no longer effective.
I asked the oncologist if I could use three drugs adding Herceptin as I have read those three were more effective.
The information from the online also said that those drugs would cost $ 4000-5000 monthly for each and sometimes this high cost might discourage doctors from the simultaneous use.
Though I was concerned about it, the doctor accepted my request without any problems. That means, thankfully, the Kaiser insurance will cover the cost!
As I informed her that I would go to get a 2nd opinion at UCLA this Thursday, she also welcomed this option and provided me all copies of the tests.
I can’t believe I have such unusual resilient cancer, but the medicine has been advanced daily.
God says, “ Fear not” and He is ahead of me to prepare my path. So I will stand up and fight again!