Liver improves on its own

orange-tootsie-popsMonday I had my liver panel again. The reduction by half in my enzyme levels (AST/ALT) surprised and delighted me. My bilirubin was up a bit.

Today I saw my Knoxville oncologist. He said he would wait on giving me Remicade and see what my liver numbers look like next Thursday. He also said he’s now doubting my liver issues are from the Keytruda. He instead suspects my trial drug is the culprit. My pre-trial scan showed “intense” radiotracer uptake in my liver (e.g., lots of cancer), so the trial drug would have hit my liver hard. And the fact that my enzymes appear to have peaked and are now declining makes him doubt lingering Keytruda as the cause. So he will have an interesting conversation with my clinical trial doctor in the next week. We’ll see if anyone accepts the blame. I’m guessing not. [Update later in the day: The two oncologists do agree on the plan of waiting to see if the liver gets better on its own.]

Meanwhile, I have good days and bad days, depending on how my GI tract and fatigue are doing. But my “bad” days aren’t all that bad. Time to take a break from thinking about cancer so much and work on other projects.

Liz accompanied me to my appointment today but was disappointed that there were no orange Tootsie Pops at the checkout desk. She had to settle for red. Sometimes it’s the little things that carry us through.

8 Replies to “Liver improves on its own”

  1. Hooray for lower numbers! And hooray for allowing yourself to think about other projects. I’m with Liz on the orange Tootsie pops – my fave. Cherry are for the birds. 🙂 xo

  2. Glad to hear you’re doing som better. We continue to pray for more good days and better numbers. (Also for orange Tootsie Pops)
    Love to you both!! Ed

  3. Glad to hear that things are better than what you thought and hope you have more good days than bad, as well as plenty of orange pops.—Evie

    1. I’ve pretty much forgotten how to bask. But it sounds like a good idea. Reminds me of the children’s book/song, “Over in the Meadow.”

    1. Loved the liver good news and the basking song! I like grape footsie pops! Or strawberry dumdums.

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