Missing in action – NOT!
I have just taken out my ruler and slapped myself on the wrist! Ouch! I deserve that. I just looked at my blog dashboard and it has been almost 3 months since I posted with what has happened. Of course there are excuses but I am sure you don’t want to hear about them.
Well, I am still here. It’s time to share on health progress. Overall, physically I am feeling very good. Since I have switched my diet to a gluten-free and dairy menu, my body is good shape. I am still going back to my oncologist every 6 weeks for check up. I have had 3 blood test since the start of the 2012. My CEA and CA.A 19.9 markers are on the upward trend. From double digits, it is growing to 3 digits. Here is a snapshot:
Feb 2012: CEA – 63; CA.A 19.9 – 61.2
March 2012: CEA – 121.2; CA.A 19.9 – 135.6
April 2012: CEA – 192.9; CA.A 19.9 – 384.8
No cancer patient wants to see such numbers. I always remember that my oncologist telling me in the past that it is the trend of the markers versus the absolute numbers. It is an indication on the “active” cancer cells in my body. Despite the exponential growth, I am feeling well. There was a slight scare for me when I started losing weight in between check up. I lost 2 kg. Ordinarily I would be happy to lose that weight but given my situation, losing weight is another element taken into consideration in my progress. I haven’t not made any further changes to my diet and I exercised less. I was perplexed. I asked my oncologist and she wasn’t too concerned about it. Her feedback is because I exercised less and losing my muscles. Good consolation. I am still monitoring my weight and now I have resumed my swimming, it will interesting to see if my weight continues to fluctuate.
So what does it mean with all the numbers going up? Theoretically, I should be resuming chemo. My oncologist did hint if I want to do chemo. I jokingly replied “who would be anxious to do chemo?”. She didn’t force on me that I should do it. The wait and see approach still stands. With all my other vitals looking good and no major symptoms, I choose to defer treatment. The oral chemo option is still on table. I am still looking into alternative treatments which I will share in another post.
The fight continues!