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Husband finished treatment today-woohoo!

Lena Rose
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My husband just finished up with 7 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation today. I can't tell you how much lighter I feel. He is relieved to be done with the treatment; but he did take his mask home. Now to focus on getting stronger without his body getting battered everyday. I just want to thank everyone on this board for your infinite wisdom and advice. Even though I don't post that often I do check it daily. From the moment we had the diagnosis in early March and having absolutely no clue as to what was going on, this board has been a tremendous help. So thank you, thank you, thank you to all for sharing your experiences. Now we'll be on edge until his next scan. Did most of you have a follow up CT scan and PET scan about 6 weeks after treatment?

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Pumakitty
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That is wonderful. My dad has 9 more rads and 3 chemos to go. I hope he has a speedy recovery and try not worry to much.

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Skiffin16
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No way did I want my mask.....

The CT came relatively quick, but the PET is usually 3 - 6 months. The earlier the more prone to false readings from residual and scarring from the radiaiton....

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Greg53
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Glad to hear treatments are over! Good luck during recovery!

John, it looks like you and I were the only ones that didn't save our masks. I had enough of that thing for those 7 weeks.

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stevenl
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Joined: Jan 2010

It is great that his treatment is over. I had a pet ct at 7 weeks post treatment.

Best Wishes,
Steve

rozaroo
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Joined: Apr 2010

Congratualtion's to you both!

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Kimba1505
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Joined: Apr 2010

Congratulations! Hope he finds himself stronger every day; and hope you both find peace of mind as you anticipate CTs and PETs. Enjoy the time from now until then. Like the picture!
Kim

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delnative
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... if the results of the first PET scan come back with a suspicious something or other. While we all hope for a clean first scan, the first one often is inconclusive and is subject to false positives.
So relax a bit, celebrate and enjoy life!

--Jim in Delaware

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miccmill
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Joined: May 2010

A great milesotne! You both must feel good getting this part over with.

Best wishes for continued recovery.

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Skiffin16
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I told them they might as well keep the mask, if I took it would only be to smash that sucker......

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Scambuster
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Joined: Nov 2009

Hi Lena, Happy to hear the treatments are over. Just keep a close eye on him as the first part of recovery can be a rough time. I hope he sails through and you can start rebuilding your new normal lives.

Regds
Scambuster

Mick123
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Joined: May 2010

Wonderful news. Congrats to you both. Now concentrate on getting well and putting your lives back together.
I admit to taking my mask. Spur of the moment thing. I don't think I've seen it since I brought it home though and not sure if my wife didn't get rid of it.

Fire34
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Joined: Feb 2010

I know what it was like when I finished mine, My first CT was 8 weeks out and first PET was 12 weeks out. Yea, I took mine too, my youngest got a kick out of it. Again Congrats
Dave

wifeforlife
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Joined: Feb 2010

It is wonderful to have treatment over... as the caretaker be prepared for the posibility of him getting continually worse over the next weeks.... but it does all turn around!.. WOOOHOOO!

Lena Rose
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Joined: Apr 2010

for all your encouraging words. It's very comforting. Yes, this week is probably the worst he's felt but I'm hopeful he'll slowly start improving this week.

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Ed_PortOrange
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Joined: Jun 2010

I had my CT done at 1 month and my PET at 3 months. The PET did show something at the base of my tongue, the Dr. also felt it was probably radiation caused and not C. I have a follow-up in Sept. I started to feel better in about 3 weeks post treatments and made the mistake of thinking I could go back to my regular retirement routine, golf twice a week. Did that for two weeks and took a big step backwards. So take it easy and keep hydrated.

Keep the Faith

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CajunEagle
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Joined: Oct 2009

Doctors told me at the beginning of treatment that massive amounts of chemo and radiation would help my putting stroke. Boy, did they lie. Got me yippin all over the place.

Larry

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Kent Cass
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You bring-up the issue of when you'll get the first scan. For me, it was 2 1/2-months, and "something might have shown" under my tongue. My ENT was so concerned about it that he scheduled my next PS/CT for 8-months later! Yeah, and it came back entirely "clean." SO

THIS BRINGS-UP THE ISSUE OF WHEN THE FIRST PS/CT SHOULD BE DONE. Hondo and I are of the opinion that 3-months is too early, and that 6-months is more appropriate. One entry stated that they were told there's was done so early- "to establish a baseline," by which following tests could be compared. Who is to say you will get your PS/CT done at the same place? I got a choice of 4-5 places I could have my next done in the Quad Cities. Hey, Folks, we're talking about a $4,000-plus test that shoots radioactive isotopes into you, and the med community is gonna ho-hum it like it's just business-as-usual?! Were I to be able to do it all over again- I woulda refused the 2 1/2-month scenario, and told my Drs. that I'd be waiting for 6-months to pass. 3-months is just too danged early for anything that can be taken seriously to show- and all 3-months (like mine) are frought with false-positives and false alarms. My ENT said without any hesitation that he wasn't concerned with my first PS/CT results.

HAS ANYONE HAD A 3-MONTH THAT SHOWED ANYTHING THAT REALLY TURNED-OUT TO BE C? If so, please let us know.

kcass

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debbiejeanne
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kent, like yours, mine also came back positive. I went thru a biopsy and it showed I was in fact still cancer free!! The false positive put me thru living hell tho worrying if the cancer was back. I agree with you, 3 months is tooooooo soon and only puts us thru a hell we don't need to go thru.
God Bless you friend,
debbie

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debbiejeanne
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lena, that is outstanding! Now you and he can start on the road to recovery. It is not an easy road either but is doable. You are both in our prayers and we send lots of best wishes.
God Bless you friend,
debbie

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