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My scan results are in.....
.... and it seems that Xalkori is keeping things under control. There was no dramatic improvement, but no worsening/progression either. The findings read: "All areas are stable to minimally improved". I'll see my doctor on 11/20 to discuss the results in detail.

The X Files......
Greetings and Happy Halloween from Rajasn and me! I have reached the seven month mark in my Xalkori treatment and I am scheduled for a scan next Monday. I'll probably have news of results within a few days of the test, and then I'll know how well the drug with the funny, sci-fi name has actually worked.

Other news is that I will be having my chemotherapy infusion port removed next Tuesday by the same surgeon who installed it (that's the metal disk that was surgically implanted in my chest in 2010 that was used for my IV chemo drips). Now that I am taking pill-form medication I have no need for it. The port served its purpose well for my many rounds of IV chemo infusions, but I will be glad to part with it.

I am breathing very well now and my doctor says that my lungs sound nice and clear. He's hoping that the scan will show some significant containment of the disease progression that occurred earlier this year.

Xalkori is working.......
I spoke with my doctor this morning and he is happy with my scan results. After two months on Xalkori there has been approximately a 40% reduction in size of the lung masses and a 50% reduction in size of the liver masses, with no new areas affected since my last scan. I'll have to wait until my next scan to find out if things are going to improve further, or at least remain stable. Overall, it's a promising result after having taken the drug for only eight weeks.

Second month on Xalkori....
I am now halfway through my second month of taking Xalkori and I have tolerated it fairly well so far with few side effects. I saw my doctor last Friday and he told me that he will be scheduling me to have a CT scan in June. My breathing has improved quite a bit since I have been taking the drug and the doctor said that my lungs sound nice and clear. This seems to be an indication that the drug is working, but we won't know the extent to which it is controlling/shrinking the malignancy until the scan results are in.

Started Xalkori
I have finally begun my new drug therapy, Crizotinib,(brand name: Xalkori). The prescription arrived from Pfizer via Fedex and I took my first dose last Friday night. The capsule is taken twice a day and I will have a weekly appointment at the oncology clinic so that my progress can be monitored. At this point there is at least the peace of mind to know that everything that can be done for me is being done, because this is targeted therapy based upon my having tested positive for the ALK gene mutation and there is no guesswork involved with this approach. FYI, there is a lot of information online about ALK Positive NSCLC and Crizotinib. I have missed being in touch with family and friends so much. I'll be posting updates about my treatment here on Rajasn.