I met with my Oncologist. Apparently this CT showed similar results as the previous one several months ago with a slight increase in size noted with only one of the masses/tumors. We are talking millimeters (ml) in size. This is encouraging in that there has been no massive changes. This is such a small change that this is actually good news in my mind.The best news would have been to have no evidence of liver involvement anymore.
So, we have been discussing alternate treatments such as "Yttrium-90 Microspheres" which in a nutshell, involves going through the artery at the groin - similar to a heart cath - and up into the hepatic artery which is the artery the feeds into the liver, and depositing these tiny spheres of radiation material. They are 1/3 the size of a human hair. These spheres would then become lodged in the very small blood vessels of the tumors and irradiate them. Anything within 2 to 3 mm's would be hit with some heavy radiation. This is more targeted than the traditional beam radiation which is like a shotgun pattern - broad coverage. This product has a half life of 2.5 days I think and by 2 1/2 weeks has done the job. There are alot of potential benefits and also risks involved, so I am prayer for guidance on this one for sure.
The wound VAC is doing a great job. I have noticed the changes since I started using it last Friday. Changing the dressing is also getting easier, well, kind of easier. Thank goodness for pain meds when they are truly needed.
Met with my parents today and we all three went to see my mom's Oncologist. He explained the course of treatement with risk/benefits. There is only one test the results of which have yet to be returned - and depending on the results of this test, the treatment options could change. We asked alot of questions. They both feel better about the whole thing after having talked with him. The chemo would be 2 months of one set of drugs - once every 2 weeks for 4 treatments and then another set of chemo drugs once every 2 weeks for 4 treatments. This would total 4 months of chemo and he did let her know she would lose her hair at about the 3rd week - but it will grow back. Then she spoke with the radiation Dr. afterwards. We are proceding with prayer and caution. She may seek a 2nd opinion. Her Dr. even said he was totally in favor of a second opinion if she wanted to get one. We shall see. Otherwise, she is feeling good and her sister Eva has been helping her around the house cooking and cleaning, etc.
Tonight was Lauren's first Basketball game in Reserve, her team won. The opposing team seemd like some decent kids.
Afterwards we had to hit the IHOP for some breakfast food. Man, I could have hurt myself eating at that place. But I did use self restraint, thank God!
We are going to keep on living, and trusting God Almighty with tomorrow. We do not know what it brings, but He does and has already promised to be there with us and for us. We serve a big and a good God Who is faithful. Praise His Name. Please continue to believe with us.
Have a great day.