Well, I suppose one slightly good thing (maybe?) is that some of the bone mets have become more sclerotic. Which I think means that those tumors are growing more slowly, or to be more exact, the bone there is being eaten away less easily and is trying to grow bone around the tumors as a defensive response. That said, the tumors in the spine and hips have gotten larger. So although they may have been slowed down a bit, they haven't been stopped, much less shrunk down.
We've temporarily slowed things down from a gallop to a trot, that's about it. Not a lot of benefit for what is basically the loss of 4 out of 7 weeks - to me, laying around the house too depressed and sick to even enjoy reading or watching TV is pretty much a net loss, as it's not what I'd call 'living'. I don't think I gained an extra 4 weeks of quality life 'on the other end' in exchange, so I'm not happy with the results.
It doesn't help that the whole 'maximum side effects, minimal benefit' thing is entirely typical for me. Just because this isn't a surprise doesn't mean it isn't a disappointment. A very, very scary disappointment, one that does not make me feel very hopeful for the near future, much less the long term.
It's very discouraging, I must say.
Tomorrow we talk to Dr. Bouncy about what poison I will take next. Should be fun.**
** Compared to being Drawn & Quartered, for instance. Everything's relative.