Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A bit more news

If you've been following the drama then you know that it has been unclear if the current treatment, Faslodex, is working for Rebecca. We had 'mixed' results from the last round of tests. With Rebecca's on-going deterioration in energy, coupled with a recent increase in the tumor markers in her blood we have decided to accelerate the schedule a little. We are scheduling a CT scan for 'soon' so that we can see if it is time to change direction and start a Taxane sooner than later.

Did you know that:

The taxanes are diterpenes produced by the plants of the genus Taxus (yews). As their name suggests, they were first derived from natural sources, but some have been synthesized artificially. Taxanes include paclitaxel and docetaxel. Paclitaxel was originally derived from the Pacific yew tree.

(thanks Wikipedia!)

IF Rebecca's fatigue is due to the Faslodex, then a switch to a Taxane MAY improve things. (Bald but with energy?)

We will let you know what happens next.

lots of love,


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