Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Best flippin' news I have gotten in a long time....
So, after last week, more cancer in my world, not so sure on my scan - blah blah blah, and pleurisy I was like a little lack luster showing up to my oncologist's office (Hank) to discuss things. But things started to turn around......I told him that I talked to my lung surgeon on Friday and he was like, "REALLY?" So, then I told him about the pleurisy while he was on vacation which he quickly passed over when he learned I had a chest x-ray. "Where is the chest x-ray - I want to see it!" Some people like candy, so people like chest x-rays I guess. As he was searching for the x-ray, he said, "Well, then you know that they want you to go over to cyberknife first." "Yes, less damage, and good results in my particular case." Then, I respectfully requested a different cyberknife doc. I explained I liked the one I consulted with last year, but he was very by the book and quite cautious. I explained I am pretty sure I didn't get here by staying in the box and not going ball to the walls ALL THE TIME and that is reflected by my team of docs. Not very passive those guys. Most of them are like, "Hit her as hard as we can for a long as we can." Luckily, the surgeons that I have had are not that way, but aggressive and creative (hence I am not pooping in a bag....yet). So, Hanks makes a phone call...mumble mumble mumble, I correct one thing......mumble mumble mumble......"Can you see her right now?" "Yes.".....mumble mumble mumble. Hang up. "Okay, off to Cherry Hill with you and her name is and he rattles off this name and spelling. I look at him like, "Don't have a pencil.....might want to slow down." I get the name and off I go. I know EXACTLY where it is. I visited Shelly there once for her treatment and the snuck me back to see the machine and everything. This is before I was being considered. I just wanted to see it. It is SOOOOOOOOOOOO cool. I go directly to the office, I meet her and she says, "Have you seen your scans? You are going to laugh. The spots are SOOOOOOOOOOOO small." So, she went through everything with me. We had four (last winter), then six (in March), and now since chemo we have two remaining and they are the perfect case for cyberknife. "I can help you and you will be done." Odds? 90% chance that they never come back. Treatment? I will need some markers, so I have to wait four weeks after my last treatment with Avastin (10/1). After the markers are place next the one spot, the spine will act as the marker for the second spot, I wait a week, get a CT scan, wait a week to calibrate the REALLY COOL LASER MACHINE, three one hour appointments per spot, and DONE. Side effects - fatigue 0-60 days out that will last 60 days from onset and maybe, by rarely, a cough. Things that can hold this up - insurance. Yeah, but I have done that dance before! DONE. Remission by Christmas. DONE. I know there is still a 10% chance it won't work and I know one of those 10% people, but it is the best news I have heard in a while. Happy Happy Day! Love, Ang
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