Jan 04, 2011 - 6:37 am
I had a terrific appointment at Johns Hopkins yesterday. I met with the entire team of 5 doctors, including the medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, thoracic surgeon, and two oncology fellows. They presented a plan to me that we are going to begin on Wednesday. The plan includes chemotharepy (Cisplaten (days 1+8 and days 29+36) and Etoposide on days 1-5 and 29-33, along with 5 weeks of radiation.
After this treatment, we'll check on the results, and, providing the results are good, I'll have VATS Surgery to remove the upper lobe of my left lung and a mediastinoscopy to clean up my lymph nodes.
This is all predicated on a scan I had yesterday, not showing any spread of cancer.
After the growth of my tumor being detected in October, it is great to now have a plan! I finally feel like I will be making progress and that feels terrific.
Just for info, I have stage 3A NSCLC
I did ask if I could bring hot dogs to be cooked during radiation, but my request was denied as they said hot dogs are not good for me. Maybe I'll ask about bringing asparagus to be nuked by radiation :)
I am excited to get started and cannot wait to move forward! This has been a LONG few months! Iam extremely pleased with the team approach at Johns Hopkins and the aggressiveness of their approach.
Best wishes to everyone as we continue to fight