Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Scan Results on Par for 2010
Lung: Stable appearing 7-mm nodule in the left upper lobe as noted above. No new nodules are identified.
Left Lower Leg: Interval decrease in size of lower leg sarcoma with interval decrease in central enhancement representing central necrosis and response to therapy.
Spine: Diffuse metastatic disease involving the clivus, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spines, as well as the sacrum and iliac wings. Slight interval increase in size and enhancement of several lesions involving the thoracic and lumbar vertebral bodies when compared to 11/11/10, which might indicate progression of disease rather than treatment effect
So what do you say?!? I felt the less than ideal news was pretty much on par for a crappy year. We are upset that there isn't more drastic decrease in tumor size like we saw in the previous set of scans and we are obviously upset about the reading on the spine. I've spent the day talking to oncologists and various experts and they seem optimistic about the results quoting "objective stability." But it doesn't take a doctors to tell you things look bad.
I'm looking forward to a better year next year, wishing daily for a cure of this disease and a break from chemotherapy so that doctors can intervene and fix everything the cancer has broken.
"Breathe in Hope, Breathe out Love."