Mar 25, 2009 - 3:00 am
My father was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma at the right side of his abdomen about 2 and a half years ago. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor plus radiation. 2 years later, the tumor returned to the same location and it grew from the right side and extended to the back. The tumor encased part of this spine causing weakness in his right leg. In addition, the cancer also spread to both his lungs. Resection is not possible as it will affect the spine.
He went to John Hopkins clinic and received AIM chemo for 5 cycles. Other than the side effects, he has improved overall. His leg and back do not hurt as much as before but the original site of the tumor still does. The tumor has not reduced in size and the number of cancer spots in his lungs are still the same. PET CT scan shows little activity in the tumors, but biopsy results show otherwise.
Currently, his cycle of chemo has ended and we are waiting. We will visit the oncologist in a month time and a new CT scan would be done.
Normal prognosis for metastasis to the lungs has a survival rate of 30% over 3 years. This can drop to as much as 5% over 5 years. Our family do not have hopes that the cancer will go away, but pray that the cancer can live with him but do not take his life away.