Aug 31, 2004 - 8:52 am
I want to thank everyone who responded to my request for prayers with regard to my Dad's Pet Scan results yesterday. Unfortunately, the Dr. said that the scan showed 2 spots on the liver about 1 and 1/2 inches, which he said may be "just on the surface". I asked him if they were operable and he didn't say yes or no he just said that's not the only place your father has disease. We are aware of the other location my father has disease, his peritineum/omentum. However, a PET scan will not pick up those cells so there is no way to track their progression or regression, short of opening him up and taking a look. My feeling is why not treat the spots on the liver (resect) since you know you can. He gave the impression that there is no point in doing that because of the peritineum mets. How does he know the peritineum mets haven't already died or that maybe the chemo will kill them ? How can you leave the spots on the liver untreated when there is no way of tracking the peritineum mets. Shouldn't you take care of what you can take care of and hope for the best with what you can't see ? Why leave something in there that you know can be removed ? Does anyone have an opinion on the level of aggressiveness of our Dr. I feel that he is being less than aggressive enough.
To bolster that last comment, this Dr. was not even aware that there was surgery available for the peritineum mets. Shouldn't he be aware of everything that is available even if he is not capable of providing it himself ?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I hope everyone is feeling well.