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Martin Auslander wrote:
> 
> My name is Martin Auslander hubby and support person to Barbara
> Auslander. I have just taken my wife Barb to her doc and this is what
> resulted.  Maybe you can help me, I always read this discussion group,
> but do not participate, just listen in awe and admiration.  Pls. help
> you can. I would very much be appreciative.
> 
> Diagnosis:  Carcinoma unknown primary metastaic to Stage IV lymph
> glands.
> Aug 1, 1994, Lymph gland involvement in pelvic, abdomen, chest and neck.
> 
> Txs:
> Sept 26th thru March of 1995 9 txs carboplatin/taxol.  ca-125 tumor
> marker 129 to 900
> 
> March 1995 to sept 1996 18 txs of cisplatin/cytoxin.   ca-125 from 900
> to 43. No evidence of nodes in pelvic, and abdomen. chest and neck
> stable.
> 
> Sept taken off cisplatin due to severe neuropathy and some kidney
> damage.
> 
> Sept thru Dec, 4 txs of cytoxin. As a result of recent cat scans and
> tumor marker:
> 
> > >
> > > >
> > > > Re: Barbara Auslander
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > Test results thursday the 26th of Dec.
> > > > > Well, tumor marker went from 43 to 57 significant. Three nodes were
> > > > > larger in the chest area the remainder of nodes in thoracic, neck,
> > > > > around liver are stable still around 1 cmm in size..  Barb is taking this hard. She was anticipating
> > > > > "cancer free".
> > > > >
> > > > > the last four months of txs have been without cisplatin and been on cytoxin
> > > > > alone with one month off for holiday. So we really believe even tho Barb
> > > > > had 19 txs of cisplatin/cytoxin, it was the cisplatin that was working.
> > > > > She was taken off because of severe neuropathy and kidney damage.
> > > > >
> > > > > The doc is recommending 2 courses of Topotekan, beginning in Jan, the
> > > > > first course to be 5 days in a row.
> > > >
> > > > Need to know: RE:  Topotekan
> > > >
> > > > 1 - side effects
> > > > 2 - do txs work for you
> > > > 3 - what additionally to be alerted to
> > > > 4 - understand that the tumor marker goes up initially and then down
> > > > after some additional txs.  Is this so?
> > > > 5 - anyone with lymph node involvement and response to topotekan.
> > > > 6 - anyhing else I should know.
> > > >
> > > > Thx, your support is always my therapy and your knowledge is brilliant,
> > > > wise, poignant and respected.  I say this sincerely, gratefully and
> > > > loving.
> > > >
> > > > Love,  Martin David
> > > > >