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Finished Round 6 Bio-Chemo 70 to 80% tumor reduction

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Finished Round 6 Bio-Chemo 70 to 80% tumor reduction

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8/4/2010 8:01pm
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Had scan CT scan results today. There was a 70 to 80% reduction in overall tumor size from 1st Bio-Chemo round started in March 2010.

We finally crossed the main bridge and will start with maintenance protocal Friday August 13th.
Maintenance will be for 2 days per month with IL-2 infusion and will go on for 6 months then switch to every other month for another 12 months. There will be self injections of GMC-SF and IL-2 in between hospital visits.
The doctor said I should have no problem working while on the maintenence protocal.
I feel so blessed and fortunate getting this far with the treatment.
I appreciate all the prayers and positive thoughts from so many of you.
Rocky (Stage IV Liver Mets)

 Fantastic news!  70-80% reduction!  Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Keep up the good work.

This is wonderful:-) You need to hug your body and thank it for working with you each and everyday:-) So glad to hear the good news. Hugs, Everymoment

so very happy for, hoping for same outcome. 

melanoma is a word...not a sentence

Congratulations!!!  I hope are celebrating.  I'll keep the prayers coming your way.

You don't know what your future holds but you know who holds your future!

Great news Rocklove!  May the maintenance biochemo get rid of the rest.

You are a champion.

Insert Generic Inspirational Motto Here

Wow, this is wonderful news!  So happy that you will be starting maintenance now! Val

Live Laugh Love
Nothing is worth more than this day!

That is such fantastic news - what a milestone!  Congratulations and when you feel up to it , it's time for you to celebrate!

Wishing you continued success with the maintenance treatment . .



All i can say is your tougher than Rocky Balboa!

best wishes


Yahoo!!...doing the happy dance, this is great, keep it going!! Sending prayers for a complete response...Stay strong. love, Sharon in Reno, Stage IV

To Thy Own Self Be True & Move Fast When You "Know" You Have To!!

Wow!  So happy for you!  Best wishes on maintenance!

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.........put out my hand and touched the face of God.
John Gillespie Magee, Jr

Rocky,  You are our hero,  we love you and hope this time with the follow up passed by quickly and your a complete responder.  Brent and Sharon


I am so happy to hear about your news.  Also, it's great that you are sharing it with everyone!  You have been amazing tolerating the BioChemo and squeezing in some work time, too.  See you soon!

Stay Strong

Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets

Great news Rocky!!!! I am so happy for this news for you!

Vermont _Donna (Donna in VT)

That's so awesome, Rocky!  It's so nice to hear some good news about treatments!  Take Care.

Thats so awesome, Rocky!

Congrats on great news!

Kellie(from Iowa)

Cancer Sucks. I'm so not done kicking cancers ass!
I have a lot of life left to live

Hi Rocklove, Just wondering how things are going for you on the maintenance phase of biochemo? I'm hoping really well but please keep us posted. Also a belated congrats on completing 6 rounds & your great results! My husband just started round 1 on Sat & I have so much admiration for you now that I know a little more about what this treatment involves. Well, I wish you continued success & thanks so much for the inspiration! Take care, Diana 

Diana I am doing well so far and just finished round 2 of the bio-chemo maintenance part. Once per month for the first 6 months I check into Moffit for 2 days for IL2 infusion. After that for the next 12 months I check in every other month. So I have a long way to go. I have been back to work  full time for the last 2 months. The maintenance is boring but like a walk in the park compared to the initial 6 bio-chemo rounds.

I did get neurapathy in my feet and lower legs from the bio-chemo. The doc said it will take about a year. But I have heard of people having it for several years.

If you ever have any questions feel free to email me

I certainly wish your husband all the best. Positive thoughts and prayers for all of you during this time in his life.


Great to hear you're doing so well, Rocky! Congrats on finishing round 2 of maintenance. Way to go. You're so amazing & inspirational to the rest of us! Biochemo is tough stuff & I'm sure even maintenance isn't a piece of cake. Well, thanks so much for your thoughts & prayers. They're greatly appreciated. I'll email you when I have a minute more than this minute! -Diana 

That is wonderful news!!! Mel's not a happy camper in your body. Soon Mel will realize there is No Vacancy for him in your body at all. That's my hope and prayer for you.


 God Bless,

Jim M.

amazing. stoked for you!