Topic: The "S" Word
We have shrinkage!!!
Our local oncologist reviewed my wife's first CT scan since chemo started. We've been through 3 cycles (Gem/Cis) so far, total of 6 chemo treatments. We felt that positive results were coming our way. Her abdomen had reduced in size by 6" since chemo started mid-May. Her pain had reduced such that we reduced her pain meds by 33%. And she actually began to have an appetite.
But the real validation would be the CT results. We learned there was significant shrinkage of the tumors and the size of the liver itself. In May, there were multiple masses throughout the liver, plus a large tumor in the center. The size of the large tumor was reduced and it seemed many of the smaller masses were gone or at least not visible on this scan. In addition, there was reduction in size of the lymph nodes. The reduction of the size of nodes was several mm's.
Our oncologist was pleased and added 3 more cycles (9 weeks) of the Gem/Cis regimen. We agreed since she is tolerating it well and clearly it is having an impact. But we are also still planning to meet with the oncology team at Memorial Sloan this Friday. We want to get their perspective of the results to date and also discuss possible trials/other options, which our local oncologist was not able to do.
This was the first piece of positive feedback since we received the difficult news in mid-April. For those of you who have been through this, I now understand more clearly the amazing "highs" that come with the terrible "lows" as we learn to deal with this new life.
Thanks to all of you who have helped me, and therefore helped my wife, get through this very challenging first hurdle.