Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Scan Results

I suppose completely clean scans were too much to hope for considering what I've gone through this summer. But you know me... hope, hope, hope. All things considered, though, My Oncologist and I realize I came away in better shape than I could have. At least, that's what I'm telling myself right now.

The results:

  • Bone scan: Clean
  • Chest CT: Previously radiated pulmonary nodes continue to show decrease in size. No new evidence of metastases.
  • Abdominal CT: Clean
  • Pelvic CT: Clean
  • Brain MRI: 6 mm nodule in left anterior temporal lobe. Possibility of additional puncate mets in deep right parietal lobe sulcus cannot be ruled out.

So, game plan: I am going to have the 6 mm nodule duly fried via gamma knife as quickly as possible. After nearly three years of faithful service, I am ditching Taxotere and adding Abraxane to my treatment regimen. It will be given in combination with Avastin. The hope here is that shaking up the chemo will be what I need to cream the possible mets that cannot be ruled out and get me into a stable holding pattern. Again. A long one, please.

Assuming my insurance company goes with the flow, I start my new regimen on Friday. This coincides with my last planned IV Ig treatment. I am now down to 20 mg of prednisone per day and today's platelet count, just for the hell of it, is 125.

I'm moving forward, peeps. Keep up.

9 comments:

Jamie said...

Right behind you!

I love you!

Anonymous said...

HEY THERE I HAVE THE UTMOST FAITH THAT EVRYTHING IS GONNA WORK OUT HANG IN THERE CHAMP! UR STRONGER THAN I EVER COULD IMAGINE MYSELF BEING...
LUV Z

Anonymous said...

For a group with the craziest name I've ever heard, "Jimmy Eat World" certainly has the right idea. 'Ya gotta believe, "...it just takes some time, everything's gonna be just fine." Make it a quick detour. Love'ya, A.J.

Liza said...

As always, I know you'll climb (and overcome) this latest hill with your typical grace, good humor, and poor dancing skills. No doubts, I know this to be true.

I love you, always.
-L

Anonymous said...

tie a knot and hang on! This too shall pass. We have 110% faith in you. much love, Jen & Tim

Anonymous said...

You are an inspiration to many in more ways than one! Stay positive...Keep fighting...You have more people in your corner than you even know!!!!!
Mom's friend from Work LISA

Mary said...

No doubt you will overcome and continue to be the strongest most inspirational woman I'll ever have the honor to call friend. Looking forward to kicking our ass in backgammon though.

Luv ya!

P.S. I've seen you dance - I'm with Liza. :)

Jill said...

I'll be dancing right along with you!

jess said...

Take the motorcycle and ride over the cancer! Seriously, we're all here for ya' --jess