Discussion Board Forums Radiation Treatments & Options Lauren’s Theraspheres

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  • #60860
    pamela
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    Lauren still has the pain in her left chest. It is up higher than her heart and lungs. Maybe it is a nerve or something? Other than that, she is acting perfectly normal. She took a 30 mg. Morphine last night instead of her regular 15 mg. She said she woke up once and felt higher than a kite. So she laid down and went back to sleep. She said she slept awesome. Hopefully, the pain will subside soon. I didn’t see chest pain on the list of side effects, but Lauren says leave it to her to get the weirdest side effect of all. She continues to amaze me at what her body can withstand. Youth is definitely on her side!

    #60859
    lalupes
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    Fabulous, Pam!!! X

    #60858
    Eli
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    Pam, thanks for the update. I’m glad to hear that Lauren is doing so well.

    #60857
    lainy
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    That was totally awesome! Really renews one’s faith in Doctors. NOW! Will you please have an awesome weekend mother bear! LOL, I am just like you so I understand. Really nice news.

    #60856
    pamela
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    After I wrote this, it was really bothering that she was having pain in an area that they didn’t really say should have pain. Then I was worried it was a blood clot or something. So I dug Dr. Z’s card out of our huge cancer file and on the back of his card was something that said Residence number. Could it be his home phone? We called it and a lady answered and Lauren asked for Dr. Z. It was his home number!! Lauren told him about our concerns and he said it didn’t sound like anything to worry about. Probably just a pain from the procedure. How awesome was that!!

    #60855
    kris00j
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    Thanks for letting us know, Pam! I’m happy she’s doing so well. And, yes, the top of the liver is tucked under the rib cage and does go to the center of the body. Mostly under the right breast, but it does hit the center of the body.

    #60854
    lainy
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    YEA, Pam, you just made my weekend! I am so very happy for our CC Warrior. Celebration, time come on!

    #60853
    pamela
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    Update on Lauren.

    Lauren is feeling pretty good. She can walk better than she did after the mapping. She got a shower last night and did fine. She didn’t even have to sit on a chair. She had enough energy to stand the whole time. She has no fever, no nausea, no real pain except for a pain right under her breast bone. I think the liver is up that high and it is in the middle of her chest which means that would be the left side of her liver, which is where the Theraspheres were placed. The pain is not very bad because she only tells me it hurts if I ask. I am amazed at just how tough she is. Never, ever complains about anything. She is a true cancer warrior!!

    #60852
    pamela
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    I would love to meet you and your Mom sometime. We used to be at U of M on Mondays, but then Dr. Z switched us to Wed. because Lauren had to have bloodwork at a local hospital the day before we went to Michigan to check her platelets to make sure they weren’t too low for chemo. Sunday didn’t work for labs because nobody was at the Cancer Center at U of M then to get the fax about Lauren’s counts. It’s not fun to drive 3 1/2 hours only to be told to go back home for a week. So we are thankful for that, but liked Mondays better. We would come to my daughter Kristen’s house Sunday evening and spend time with them. Tell your Mom thanks for the offer to stay with her, but we have a place. That is just the sweetest thing. She must be so precious. Maybe we could even all go to dinner sometime after Lauren’s chemo. Lauren feels good after chemo now since they eliminated the Cisplatin. We’ll figure something out. Take care. Say hi to your Mom from us.

    Love, -Pam

    #60851
    melissapalma
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    It’s important to celebrate each and every victory along the journey, isn’t it? I am so happy that the procedure went well, and just missed you at U of M (we were there on the 14th). Let me know if you ever want to grab a coffee or if you want me to show you the Arb across the street (a gorgeous huge park along the Huron River)! I told my mom about you and Lauren and she wanted to offer you a place to stay anytime! I assume you stay with your eldest daughter but the invitation is always extended (my mom is still in denial I think so meeting other folks going through this would frankly be more helpful to her right now!).

    Take care!

    Melissa

    #60850
    pamela
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    Hi Percy,

    I will keep a diary what happens every day to let others know what happens with Lauren. And yes, we were told about it not being FDA approved, but Lauren’s doctors all thought it would be a good option for her and are very hopeful of a good outcome. She knows to take it easy and I will make sure she does. Thanks for your wisdom.

    Love, -Pam

    #60849
    pcl1029
    Member

    Hi,
    I think your daughter will be fine; just record the temp if develop low grade fever ,abdominal pain, may be nausea or vomiting or flu like symptoms . There are the most common side effected but should be disappeared in a couple weeksz; make a diary on the side effects if possible so it may be of value to other members.
    More rest at home during the first two weeks may be helpful and take everything easy ,activity like outings,for a month. In this way I think it will stabilize the liver reaction to the procedure. As you may know RADIOEMBOLIZATION is not FDA approval procedure yet for. CCA
    God bless.

    #60848
    lainy
    Participant

    The main thing is you are both home and it’s done and hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. Cheering for you Lauren and hoping you feel better tomorrow!

    #60847
    pamela
    Participant

    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for caring about Lauren. We got home today and Lauren spent all day in her bed. She said her liver feels like when you wring out a washcloth only it is her liver being wrung out. She comes up with the craziest ways to explain things!!

    #60846
    wallsm1
    Participant

    Pam, I’m so glad things went well for Lauren. Keep us posted on everything!

    Take care!!

    Susie

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