Topic: tumor inactive

Great news!  Tumor is the same size and is inactive. Stable. No new tumors.  Doctor said my blood work is great and was "amazed" that I am still doing so well.  When I mentioned I had gained two pounds since my Feb. appointment he smiled and said, "incredible".

Diagnosis of inoperable Klatskin tumor stage 4 July 09.  Radiation and chemo Sept and Oct. 09 which stopped tumor growth but no shrinkage.  Turned down chemo in February because I was feeling so well and had things to do.  I've decided now I will start chemo - Cisplatin/Gemcitabine.

It seems crazy to feel so happy and well and then start chemo, but this cancer world is really different. 

Kathy

Re: tumor inactive

Fantastic news, Kathy.  "Inactive" and "Stable," what a great report this is. 
Keep it coming. Tons of good wishes coming your way,
Marion

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Yea! Kathy! That is such great news. This CC is  like, the strangest, isn't it?
Keep that good news coming, we love it. smile:)

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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I had really good results with radiation and Xeloda too-- no tumor growth for 3 years!! (until just recently) I hope your tumor got just as "discouraged" as mine did.

Out of curiosity, what led to your decision to start chemo now? (if you feel like sharing)

Wishing you the very best of luck--

Kristin

Peace, hope, and healing to all!

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Hi Kathy,

Great news indeed and thank you for sharing it with us all! Here's hoping that the good news continues for you!

Best wishes,

Gavin

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Kristin,

It wasn't a quick easy decision to start chemo.  My doctor team suggested it last Feb but I was feeling so well and had things to do.  I did not want to start. I am still feeling great, but here are the reasons I decided to:

1.  Some people thought I should start chemo right away having the thinking that you should do all you can do in hopes other better treatments come along.

2.  I've learned on this board that new tumors appear.  I'm hoping the chemo will at least prolong that.  Also, if my original tumor isn't all the way dead, I'd like to zap it while it sleeps.

3.  God is my main physician.  I feel that He is ultimately in charge of everything and He will put a detour in the road (which can look like trouble)
if I am not to proceed with the treatments.

Everyone must do what they feel is right for them, and right is different for different people.

Hope you are feeling much better every day.  Do the doctors think you will be able to return to a stent?  I've read on the board where that has happened to others.

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EXACTLY right, KathyB. We have high hopes and wonderful wishes for you to be very successful in your treatments.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Kathy,
Wonderful news. thanks for giving me hope.

Kris

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope