Topic: The latest "Plan of Attack"
Hello. Since I was diagnosed with CC the Oncologist's "Plan of Attack" (my words not his) has changed. Initially I started chemo, Gemzar, in Jan. The regimen was 1 treatment per week for 3 weeks then a week off. There were no major side effects, although I did start to become anemic during the Feb. cycle, crit down to 31% vprc. At the beginning of Feb. I was referred to a Radiation Oncologist at Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong Memorial Hosp in Rochester, NY. He posed that I undergo tomotherapy. I also was referred to a Surgical Oncologist at Wilmot. His proposal was to resect my liver. My tumors are almost totally within the right lobe. I feel that this is the best option. My Oncologist agrees.
Resection is an involved process. This Wednesday 3/11, I will have a volumetric CT scan to update the CC's progress and provide a baseline. Next Wed. I will undergo an embolization of my right portal vein. This will somewhat starve the right lobe but it's primary purpose is to promote growth in my left lobe. After about 2 months, 5/6, I will have a followup volumetric CT. If there has been sufficient growth of healthy liver tissue in the left lobe I will have the resection surgery on 5/18. Recovery is expected to take 6 weeks or so.
At the present time I am still healthy enough to work full time. I am an electronic technician for the US Postal Service. I have lost 5 more pounds, 25 total since Aug 2008. I will keep updating this thread as time allows. I would also like to say that I find each and every story on this site very moving and pray for all. Peace.