Topic: No tumor growth in ten months
I've been hesitating to post this after so much bad news lately-- I guess I feel almost guilty for doing so well. But in case it encourages somebody, I just wanted to say that I finally got brave and ASKED for a CAT scan and the results were great. No progression in my tumors at all since last July, and that's with no medical treatment.
You might remember that I was in a panic last summer because both my old oncologist and the Mayo Clinic told me I had to start chemo immediately, after I had a scan showing that the tumors had started growing again. Instead I found a new oncologist (an older guy with a ton of experience) and we decided to do blood tests once a month (liver and CA19-9) and scan me if they started getting worse. Well, they've been stable ever since, and the CAT scan shows that everything's quiet in there.
I have been doing a ton of other things to take care of myself. Meditation daily, acupucture weekly, good diet, lots of supplements (especially milk thistle, ginseng, IP-6), exercise 6 days a week, and I've been practicing qigong since November, and I think that's done me a world of good. So, I have no idea what's helping, but I can say for sure that I made the right decision 2 1/2 years ago after radiation and the failed surgery, when they wanted to start me on Gemzar, and I said let's just wait and see.
Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement!