Made the trip to Abilene yesterday for a visit with the Oncologist and Radiologist…and wished I could’ve stayed home. We were praying for really good results after the radiation treatments and the iodine ablation. NOT. Results were based on a comparison of CT scans (one from last July and one from last week)…the mass in my lungs is still there and has enlarged a little. The other mass in my lungs has remained static. The mass on my right adrenal gland has enlarged slightly, but the mass on the left adrenal gland is gone. The scapula and pelvic bone both show enlarged tumor areas compared to last July (now remember, I had scans several months ago BEFORE the radiation treatments). When I questioned the comparison with the July scan rather than the more recent ones, the Oncologist started looking for the newer scans. She didn’t understand why they read and compared against the older scans.
Regardless, I will have an EKG Friday, and discuss chemo on Monday. I’ve been told the chemo will make me ill, my hair will fall out sooner rather than later due to the 2 types of chemo drugs used. Two of the worst for nasuea and not overly effective against the cancer.
The other POSSIBLE option is “TARGET” drugs. She was checking with her collegues at MD Anderson on the target drugs. As I understand it, these go straight to the cancer affected areas and kill off the cancer cells. She’s looking for a “clinical study” as Insurance won’t cover them and she says they can run $5000-$7000 per month. Given the choices, I would opt for the targeted meds, but…financially, that’s not a choice.