Posted by: Barbara | September 6, 2008

Chemo Has Begun

Mario has completed 2 days of the new regimen of chemo. We were at the oncologist’s office all day Thursday and Friday. They split the 11 hours of treatment into 2 days so that it could be given in the office rather than a hospital. Most of those hours were spent hydrating the patient to prevent kidney damage.

Unfortunately, the calcium count is up but with medication went down 2 points. This indicates kidney damage. Mario’s red blood cell count is also down but he was given a shot of arenesp to help bring it up. Dr. Dushkin called us on Monday with that news so Mario had to go in for treatment. We are returning on Monday to do blood work and to check the counts. There is a possibility of a blood transfusion, if necessary. It seems that we are working against the tide as everything that we are trying to accomplish is being delayed by the treatment which lowers blood counts and can cause kidney damage. The treatment is part of the problem, if that makes any sense……….



  1. I know that this is a tough road for everyone. Mario is in my prayers…

  2. Mr. and Mrs. Acuna you are in our prayers and thoughts.

  3. It has been a while since I have visited the website. I am sorry that the previous Chemo did not get the cancer numbers down. Mario is amazing in that he is working and feeling good. My husband continues to walk this same road. It is not easy. My prayers for Mario and for you, Barbara.

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