Oct 02, 2009 - 6:45 am
On Tuesday he had a follow up CT scan and we had hoped for good news. Unfortunately what we got was the complete opposite -- all this intensive treatment did not work.
My husband has a huge choice ahead of him. Not do anything and the tumors will eventally kill him - the doctors can't say how long it will take as they do not know the rate of growth.
The other option is more surgery - but even more radical than before - this would require removal of all bone in his face fromt he eye sockets downward and major reconstruction. In addition, they cannot even tell us this would give him a 50% survival rate they said the odds could be around 10% possibly. Also there is a chance of major complications - due to the chemo and radiation there is a possibility the wounds would not heal and he would need extensive wound care therapy that could last over a year or even longer which also provides another risk - infection of the open wounds. ALso if he has the surgery he would be in the hospital at least 4 weeks if not more right off the bat.
I'mjust at a loss and I don't even know what I want him to choose. In my heart I know what is probably the right choice, but he needs to make this one.
I really was hoping to give you all good news.