We saw Dr. Miyashiro, Jane’s oncologist, and the Radiologist, Dr. Moon, yesterday. Due to the number of lesion (17), the consensus from the doctors was that Jane needs to have Whole Brain Radiation (WBR). There are a large number of side effects with this and most of them are not very nice. Side effects include but are not limited to, chronic fatigue, nausea, headaches, memory loss, dizziness and ringing in the ears. Some of the side effects can be immediate and others can take months to develop.
How Bad Is IT?
Well, it is in the brain, that’s not good. I was unable to assess the doctor’s opinion but she seemed concerned enough that we should start this immediately. As far as the rest of the cancer goes, it seems to be stable and not growing, that is good.
The Treatment Plan
Jane starts WBR today at 4:00 pm. She will be getting 10 treatments over the next two weeks. Once this is finished we will have to decide what treatment plan to follow. She will continue on herceptin and Zometa, but we are not sure about the chemo drug. We may be looking for something that will penetrate the brain better.
I’m not sure what to say except please pray for Jane, the chemo has already effect the short term memory, this is a big fear for her. I have read a few accounts of what others have gone through and they all have had some side effects. I will be posting a schedule of treatments and would ask that you pray during each one of them. Please start today, and if you get the opportunity please pray for her throughout the day, especially during the treatment. Jane is really sensitive to medications and most treatments, so her side effects can be quite acute. We really need pray for a complete healing. Please lift up the family. Pray God’s grace on the boys, that they would be able to understand, accept and continue to grow in Christ through this. And definitely pray for me.