[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=triple&iid=8989511″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8989511/this-triple-exposure/this-triple-exposure.jpg?size=500&imageId=8989511″ width=”234″ height=”152″ /]The doctor called to say that the cancer is the same ole same ole. Still triple negative. So, we’re still in the same boat. Nothing worse, nothing better as far as treatment options.
Next steps are to deal with my back. I have doctor’s consults this week and a preliminary scan on Friday so they can plot how they’re going to do the cyber knife. I don’t know when I’ll get time on the actual machine, but I hope it’s soon. Pain relief should be pretty quick — the big danger is paralysis. Yikes.
Between the steroids to keep the swelling down around my spine and the fact that I can’t take codeine to cut the pain, I haven’t been sleeping all that well. The other night I was listening to BBC world service about 4 a.m. on the radio and listened to a researcher who was talking about the effects of sugar on your cells — how it ages them and so forth. Interesting stuff. Today I found some more research about that kind of thing. I don’t think God sends you hints like that without a reason, so I’m paying attention.
That’s why I think part of my next treatment is going to involve Metformin. It’s a diabetes drug that’s in phase III trials in combination with some sort of chemo (I think) for breast cancer. This makes sense to me, so I’ll see if I can get in on a study or get some off-label use of the drug. I’ll talk to the naturopath about that a week from today. My medical oncologist is out of the office, but I’ll see him on the 15th.
Whatever the next step I take, it’s going to have to be something I’m convinced in my mind is relevant and is also innovative. I don’t think the current trends in treating triple negative breast cancer are really on the mark — just more poison.
Anyway, that’s where things lie right now. If you want to pray for me, pray that I can get a good night’s sleep and can handle the side effects of the steroids without getting “roid rage.”