One More Round

Well, it looks like I have a little bit more time before I have to make my final decision. We have decided to do one more round of chemo, starting on Monday. Doctor Rosen looked at my leg on Thursday and was very pleased with it’s reaction to this last round of chemo and the radiation. We need to give my skin a little bit more time to heal from the radiation before we attempt any type of surgery, so rather than just sit around and give the tumor a chance to grow while we wait, we are going to nuke it one more time and see what that does for us.

The tumor is much more movable than it ever has been, and Rosen seemed very excited about the fact that he could actually feel the edges of it now. That has never been possible before. After we do this next round of chemo we will do another PET scan and see how the tumor has responded. Best case scenario is that the active cells will be completely dead and a limb salvage operation won’t be a risky operation. Worst case scenario is that it will still be alive and we will move forward with the amputation. Either way, with the chemo running through your system it continues to kill the bad cells, so there isn’t anything to lose… Except some more weight…

We went out to an incredible steak dinner last night at a place called Club A Steakhouse right around the corner. Everything we had was delicious and my ribeye was probably one of the biggest single steaks I’ve ever had. It was great to have a meal like that before I go back on this chemo. Unlike the Ifosfamide, the concoction of Adriamycin and Cisplatin in this chemo makes my appetite just disappear. It’s not that I don’t get hungry, it’s just that once you smell the food you feel like you are going to throw up! It’s pretty annoying. I love rich foods, but as soon as I take a bite of anything rich while I’m on this stuff it just turns my stomach. I’ve found that cereal and bananas are easy to handle, so I end up eating a lot of both.

This chemo combination lasts for about 2 weeks, and you can endure anything for 2 weeks. It goes by pretty quick when it is all said and done. At the end of this we should also have a definite answer on which course to take in the limb salvage versus amputation decision. Basically if it doesn’t completely kill the tumor then we will probably amputate because it is the safest course of action and I’m not going to mess around with procedures that could jeopardize my life! Pretty easy decision I would say.

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13 Responses to One More Round

  1. ken reeves says:

    We will be praying for the best, goodluck!

  2. Zona Trahan says:

    Rob, I have plenty of extra weight to share so chemo away and I’ll package it up and send it to you!

    Zona

  3. Anne Kenyon says:

    You’re amazing and really an inspiration to all of us. You have such a positive attitude. And I love you just for giving all of us (who think about you daily) an update on your status. On a side note, you’re going to make the greatest husband someday….b/c you’ve officially felt pregnancy :D You know you like it but the smell of it makes you want to throw up. Ashley is a lucky girl. I’m so happy to hear you have a little longer to make a decision. You’re a Gregory so you will land on what’s right for you – I’m sure of it! Keep on spreading the sunshine!

  4. Meredith Travers says:

    Rob,
    Thank you, again, for your amazing faith and wonderful attitude. You truly are an inspiration. I’m praying for you, your family and the Drs.
    Fondly,
    Meredith

  5. Bob and Paula Parris says:

    Rob,
    Good to hear that you are not discouraged by this new round of chemo, and we are hopeful that more shrinkage will occur. Our specific prayer for you during the next two weeks is for good appetite, even if it’s only for cereal and bananas!
    Bob and Paula in Atlanta

  6. Robert James says:

    One more round and ROB wins! This sounds great and I think that your attitude has a big part in this positive news. I think there is a best selling book in the making here. Remember that there is a chapter on positive attitude in this book. Thank you for keeping us informed on what is going on along with the weather reports from cold, snowy NYC. Makes me wonder if global warming is coming to an end. Next summer I will probably change my mind. Take care of your mom and dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Robert

  7. Kathy Martin says:

    Rob,
    You are remarkable. I have been so impressed with your faith and attitude through this difficult time. May God bless you as you continue your treatment. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Polly James Knott says:

    Rob, you are inspiration to all who know about your battle with cancer. I pray for you and Ralph (my husband who has liver cancer). Also a six year old in our church going through a battle with a tumor on her brain. It sounds like some of your prayers have been answered. Like Robert I have enjoyed reading your view point with your cancer. Loved your pictures. Keep your spirits up! Polly J. Knott

  9. Megan Harper says:

    Rob,
    We have been continuing to pray for you and I have asked our small group at church to keep you in their prayers as well. Keep up the great spirits!
    Love,
    Megan and Drew Harper

  10. Patton says:

    Sounds like you’re really givin’ em hell! Impressed by your attitude and courage through this stuff, very inspiring. Also, that steakhouse sounds legit, so I had to comment on that. We move into the new office in less than a month, can’t wait for you to see it! Many football conversations will be had!

  11. Mike Burkhardt says:

    Rob – I’m a new patient of Dr. Rosen’s, but not at all new to the cancer scene, unfortunately. I only just heard about you and your blog, but I’ll catch up tonight. I’m in NY and very familiar with the Hope lodge.
    Please let me know if I can help with anything while you’re in NYC, or if you’d like to have a cup of coffee with a stranger going through a lot of the same BS.
    Best,
    Mike Burkhardt
    646-696-7985
    michaeltburkhardt@yahoo.com
    I write a blog too: http://www.carepages.com/carepages/MichaelBurkhardt

  12. janie redfearn morris says:

    Just wanted you to know how proud we are of you as you battle on against this vicious disease. I HATE that you are so sick with these chemo combinations. Always know that we are praying diligently for your total healing and wellness. Love you, dear Rob. Janie

  13. penny redfern says:

    Hey Rob,

    Just caught up on your blog…still sending prayers your way. Glad you had an awesome ribeye. Hope the snow’s not too bad up there. We’re back down in Charleston enjoying some nice weather.

    Much love,
    Cousin Penny

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