Bad News first:
We are very sad to report Bryan had a 2-1/2 pound weight loss this week. With all the nausea, he had very little appetite. Also, his hematocrit dropped to 28; the lowest since leaving the hospital. He was given IV iron today to help jump start some red cell production. The doctors weren't that concerned and decided to go ahead with his regular chemo for the week.
Now for the Good News:
Last week, Bryan had a CEA tumor marker drawn. According to WEBMD, "The carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) test measures the amount of this protein that may appear in the blood of some people who have certain kinds of cancers, especially colon cancer...
The CEA test is used to:
*Find how widespread is the cancer
*Check the success of treatment for colon cancer.
*CEA levels may be measured both before and after surgery to evaluate both the success of the surgery and the person's chances of recovery.
*CEA levels may be measured during chemotherapy. This provides information about how well the treatment is working.
*Check to see if cancer has returned after treatment.
All week, I have been praying that we would receive good news. Last night, I specifically asked God to give us a reading of 9.0, this would be a significant drop from 17.1 four weeks ago. At the same time, I was bracing myself for the worst. "...oh ye of little faith..." We were brought to tears over God's answer beyond my request--Bryan's CEA was 8.2. The chemotherapy is doing what it is supposed to be doing and Bryan says it's all worth it!
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us... Ephesians 3:20
This test will be measured every 4 weeks. Praise God we are heading in the right direction!
Prayer for this week: limited nausea (we have another new med), increased appetite to produce a weight gain, and restful sleep at night. For those who weren't in church on Sunday--he's still preaching through it all--may God continue to give him strength and power.