Sam's surgeon was Dr. Selwyn Vickers, his oncologist is Dr. James Posey and Dr. Fiveash is the radiation oncologist. At the very beginning, his radiation oncologist was Dr. Russo but she has left UAB. Believe me, I have wished a thousand times that we had gone to M.D. Anderson at the beginning. However, I really don't know if things would have turned out any differently. If you will pull up Sam's blog (johnsonal.blogspot.com), you will see that he had the chemo regimen of Gemzar and Oxaliplatin which is what most of the cancer centers recommend. It just didn't work on Sam. He has had radiation, Xeloda, Gemzar alone and then Gemzar/Oxaliplatin. The only thing that really seems to slow things down is the radiation. His liver ablation has remained stable and has actually had some shrinkage; its the mets to the lungs that are just out of control - 12 in one lung and 10 in the other and the internal mammary nodule. When he was first diagnosed in September, 2004, there were just two little tiny nodules that showed up on the CT. UAB felt confident that the tumor was confined to the left lobe of the liver but apparently it had already started to spread. Dr. Vickers was in contact with Mayo Clinic after his surgery about a transplant but Dr. Gores at Mayo said it would not do any good. I just have to believe that whatever happens is in God's plan but I do pray all day and all night for a miracle. I know that it is possible and I just have to believe that this new trial he is entering is it. As Dr. Posey put it, there is just not a chemo out there that has a long track record; I think some work for a while but then become ineffective. We are going to Birmingham tomorrow and I will post the results of the visit on our blog.
Thanks for your respone; this web site is so comforting - makes you feel like you are not alone in this battle.