Jul 09, 2003 - 12:10 pm
Michael went in this morning for his second treatment and they wouldn't give it to him. The nurse says that his CEA level was too high and his White bloodcell count was too low. The Dr explained to him that they had never treated anyone as tall and big as him before. They said that they had given him too much Oxiliplatin and 5fu/luco. He asked for them to explain, and he was given the "medical explaination" instead of the "explain it to us like we're a 2 year old explaination". Can anyone tell me what is good versus bad on both of these counts?
Also, I have searched the web high and low to find info on the staging process. Michaels primary tumor was completely removed as were the two possitive lymph nodes. His begining stage was T3-N1 because the pet scan performed before his pre-surgery chemo/rad showed no signs of metastasis. After 6 weeks of chemo/rad, the pet scan showed that the tumor was "cold", but the cancer had went into his liver with 2 nodules on one lobe and 5 on the other. Following his surgery, he was told to wait 4-6 weeks for chemo. The latest CAT scan shows that the liver nodules have doubled in size and there are now two nodules in his lungs. Ok, now that I have aimlessly rambled on, I will ask my question. Since the primary tumor and both lymph nodes are gone, how do we stage it? Is he still considered as having CRC or is it now just called metastatic disease? I know that I write alot each time, but I am just so confused by all of this. Thanks again to all who read this and respond.