Topic: Good PET scan
I've just had a good PET scan -- no sign of cancer.
I am amazed by this as I have been having MRI at regular intervals with my chemo treatment and it has shown no change for the past 4 months. So, I was content with the chemo working and holding the line on the cancer. (Actually estatic that the chemo seems to be working.)
My cancer history is --
diagnosed November 2005 with a liver mass of 9cm,
surgery December 2005 where they took out my right lobe of the liver, gall bladder, appendix, and a generous slab of omentum and part of my right diaphram. Thankfully the surgeon was able to get good margins and felt like he "got it all"
Did one round of chemo in March 2006 with Xeloda pills, Oxiplatin, and Avastin. Had some nasty side effect from the Avastin and decide to go into the "Wait and See" mode.
Had recurrence of many tumors in my liver and peritoneum (membrane lining the abdominal cavity). Major bummer!
Considered doing radiation in the liver -- Ser Sphere but decide to go with chemo as it would address both the peritoneum and the liver. Started on Gemcitabine and Carboplatin in late August. The side effects weren't bad at all.
Had a bad MRI report where it looks like the chemo isn't working. Had a 3 week chemo break in October -- a trip to Italy with lots of pasta and gelato!
Had another MRI in October to evaluate before changing regimes and it showed a decrease in tumors.... very strange. So We decide to stay with Gemcitabine and Carboplatin -- 2 weeks of IV infusin on Day 1 and 8 then 1 week off on day 15.
In January and February, I experimented with chronotherapy where I would have the Gemcitabine early in the morning and Carboplatin in the late afteroon. There are some links in the Research section on chronotherapy. The side effects were lessened, but the MRI showed no change.
Then, the good PET scan.
By the way, I also take alot of supplements, vitamins, green tea, do Qi Gong, guided imagery CDs, meditate some, and work full time -- but not strenuously.
So, I'm not sure what cause the good PET scan. But I am going to back off a bit on the chemo -- going to every other week and drop the carboplatin. I'll have another MRI in 4 or 6 weeks and see how things are. And I wonder when the tumors stop metabolizing, and why there hasn't been any shrinking. Still I feel cautiously optimistic as I have been feeling quite tired of feeling like a blob after each chemo session.