Thanks again for all the support from you, my dear cyber friends. I find it very interesting that I really do feel the well wishes of my friends as I undergo treatment.
I completed my first round and start the second round on Nov. 2. I had no nausea or vomiting or serious side effects during round 1. They really have come a long way in minimizing those things that made chemotherapy very daunting for many people. The chief "problem" I experienced was a lot of fatigue, especially after the second treatment. I'm hoping for similar lack of problems during my second round, but there's no telling. It's actually kind of interesting to see what happens.
They are using a newer protocol with me. Gallbladder cancer is rare, so everything is rather experimental. I'm getting two drugs in week 1 and the same two in week 2, and then two weeks off. These are IV drugs on an outpatient basis. It takes all day, as there is testing, waiting, mixing drugs to order, waiting, administration of steroids and hydration, and finally, each drug separately, which takes a long time. I bring my Nook Color, Nintendo DS with Jeopardy, and my PDA, plus they have a TV at every station. We can eat during the treatments, in fact, we have to, and everyone is very nice and professional and caring. Various people come by, such as a pharmacist, and they answer questions and make suggestions. I'm in good hands.
They haven't tested yet to see if the drugs are having the desired effect. I'm certainly no worse. The amazing thing to me is that the slight tumor pain I had before I started treatment vanished on Day 1 and hasn't returned. It *could* be due to tumor shrinkage.
So thanks again and keep the thoughts and wishes coming.<g> I'm certainly giving it my all, as I don't want to leave yet. Gotta try out VL7 64. :-)