Wednesday, November 07, 2007

A Brief Update

I'm providing this update in response to a number of you who have emailed or directly asked me, "so what did Rifkin say at your last appointment?" So here's the latest. I saw Rifkin on Monday and he is ecstatic at the response. "Better than sliced bread," is how he described it. And he actually brought up the subject of how long I might have to continue with this regime. I will undergo an assessment (just blood work I hope) following one more cycle. He appears to want to rely primarily on the IGG levels to make a decision as to whether to continue with the current regime or to look at reducing the drugs to a maintenance dose. He said they've come up with a maintenance regime (but couldn't recite it for me). I feel very encouraged for at least 2 reasons. First, because this combo is working. Second, because there is some end in sight to the rigors of this chemo. So that's the status. I have next week off, then start the 4th chemo cycle on November 19, just in time for Thanksgiving.

and with that, Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Love,
Dan

2 comments:

Ingrid said...

Thank you so much for this update. And good that Rifkin had again some answers for you.
Too bad you have a Thanksgiving with bad side effects, but there will be more Thanksgivings in the future, that's all that counts !!!

Big hug and love,
Ingrid

George said...

Hi Dan,

Pleae greet Joann and Bob at their TG visit. We are going "over the bridges and around the Bay" to grandmas house for turkey. Great to hear such positive reports and spirits. Hi to Susan, Catherine, and Julia too!

Bye, George