Stupid liver!

Well, my liver numbers WERE good last week…

They aren’t anymore. I went into the cancer center today for infusion #9, but I wasn’t able to have my treatment because my liver enzymes had spiked again. And this is after a 4-day weekend after only 3 50% doses. This is not encouraging! But, as I have said before, it is what it is.

There is nothing I can do but wait. Treatment to prevent my melanoma from coming back is not worth it if I don’t have a working liver anymore!

So, what’s next?

I have tomorrow and Wednesday off, hopefully allowing my liver numbers to normalize.

Thursday we will check my bloodwork again. If the numbers are good, I will have a treatment at 25% of the normal dose. If the numbers are still too high, we will wait and re-evaluate on Monday.

It is frustrating to be in what should be my 4th week of treatment, but only have completed 8 treatments. There are moments when it feels like this will never end. If my numbers stay perfect starting now, I will finish treatment on January 22nd. However, considering what those pesky enzymes have been doing, it is hard to imagine that there won’t be any further delays.

There is also a chance that my doctor and I will decide that this treatment is too toxic and that I need to stop. To be honest, that option is sounding better and better. I am compiling a list of questions for my doctor, and we will go over them next week (my doctor will not be there on Thursday when we check my numbers again). If we decide to stop treatment, I would continue to have periodic CT Scans and bloodwork, but I would be able to start getting back to “real life.”

Thank you for your continued prayers! They get me through the days like today!

7 thoughts on “Stupid liver!

  1. Maggie – I’m so sorry to hear about your liver numbers. It must be incredibly frustrating to have a plan, be committed to the plan, and then not be able to follow through with the plan. I hope your numbers are better on Thursday so that you can continue with your treatments. “Real life” will be waiting for you when you get through with this. And you WILL get through this! I am praying for you and your family.

  2. Sweet Maggie, I wish that I could give you a huge hug right now! Lean on your wonderful friends and family to get through another tough week. I am one of many people that are praying for you and your family! Love you! Jan

  3. Thinking of you and praying that God will give you wisdom and knowledge to know what is the right path for you.

  4. As always, I appreciate your openness to share your story. People need to hear it who are going thru similar struggle. Praying specifically on the liver.

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