Jun 09, 2010 - 7:11 pm
i had worked out with my chemo and gyn-onc doctors that we would take a wait and see approach on my one slightly enlarged periaortic node that showed up on my first post treatment ct scan. in the meantime, i would continue eating very well, following the anti cancer diet, exercising, acupuncture, meditation, tumeric/pepper, ginger, etc.
then i see my acupuncturist this morning and she has a completely different take on the node. being a two time survivor of breast cancer, and seeing her mother live 11 years longer than expected with ovarian cancer, she thinks i should have the node immediately needle biopsied, and if it's cancer, have focussed radiation. period. she is concerned that if it is cancer (which she actually does not think it is), then she doesn't want it to spread. makes sense to me, especially since i actually do believe that it is cancer, though of course have a few hopeful doubts.
i emailed my chemo doctor and told her what my acupuncturist is recommending, and asked if she still thought waiting a couple more months, then having another ca 125 and possible ct/pet scan was the way to go vs needle biopsy and radiation soon. if she still thought taking a wait and see approach was best, what is her reasoning.
i've gotten the impression from both my doctors that they expect my cancer to return and that they're more concerned with my quality of life for as long as i can have it. they certainly are also interested in prolonging my life as long as possible, but my acupuncturist expects me to live, and wants me to do everything i can to save my life. so, to whom do i listen? i respect them all, but they do have different perspectives from what i can tell.
i'm waiting to hear back from my chemo doctor, who's great at responding quickly. then, if this is a longer discussion than through email, which i think it is, we'll go in soon and talk in person. in the meantime, i still need more information about a biopsy and about radiation before we make a final decision, but if any of you have some thoughts, ideas, comments, i'd love to hear from you.
thanx as always,