The team of doctors responsible for Doug's treatment let him have an extended rest between his last cycles of chemo. He received the third cycle of outpatient chemo around Memorial Day. We had a consultation with the specialist in mid June to discuss apheresis, which will remove stem cells from Doug's body; that will start next week. And, in the last week of this month, he will be admitted for 5 days of chemo, followed by a stem cell transplant and 2 weeks of recovery. Doug has said he feels nearly as strong as he did before his first cycle of chemo in January. He is in good spirits, and has enjoyed spending some of the free time with his family. During this break, Doug and I were able to travel and visit some family. In mid June, we went to Pittsburgh; then, to the Jersey shore the following week; and, to the Cape to see Doug's parents and sisters (one visiting from Spain) during the 4th holiday.
May 12, 2017
Doug has now received two cycles of inpatient chemo. The first was in mid April, the week after the wedding. And the second was the first week of May. He will be receiving the final cycle around Memorial Day. So far, he is responding well, though this chemo has some challenges since the drug is more intense, and has stronger side effects (i.e. nausea, fatigue). Thus, Doug is taking more time to rest, and not work as much.