Jane met with her doctors at M D Anderson today, Monday May 12th. Based on the doctors examination and test results and the symptoms that Jane is exhibiting (retention of fluid in abdomen, increased pelvic pain levels, etc.), it appears that Jane's cancer is not responding to the Gemzar chemotherapy drug. The doctors have prescribed a new drug for Jane, Anastrozole, which is an oral pill to be taken daily; the good news about this drug is that there are no major side effects. Jane will discontinue the every other week IV chemotherapy treatments. MD Anderson has had some success with this drug in ovarian cancer patients and Jane's tumors appear to be exhibiting ovarian cancer type characteristics. Anastrozole works by lowering estrogen hormone levels to help shrink tumors and slow the tumors' growth.
While Monday's news was not great as Jane's cancer remains stubborn, we do have a plan and remain hopeful. Jane's spirits remain positive and upbeat. Jane had a great Mother's Day yesterday as her own mother was in town for the weekend. Also, Jane's two older boys came home from college on Sunday afternoon so Jane spent Sunday evening with her whole family (including her two LSU attendees and a Strake Jesuit sophomore). We continue to be grateful for everyone's care and concern and the outpouring of prayers, rosaries and Masses.