Jun 24, 2011 - 1:49 am
Had consult today with radiation oncologist to evaluate targeted treatment of upsc recurrence in supraclavicular lymph nodes. Treatment is basically palliative in that we are not going for cure.
After lengthy discussion and extensive review of detailed disease history, followed by review of possible radiotherapy options, we agreed that best route is stereotactic radiotherapy, a technique that delivers high dose radiation to very precise targets that allows for fewer treatments, with less collateral damage and side effects. I will be scheduled for a planning session shortly and current expectation is that it can be done in 6 sessions, 3 per week over 2 weeks - I believe this is referred to as fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy. Goal is to limit side effects as much as possible while delivering effective treatment. Sounds quite doable after which I will revisit chemo options with gyn-onc. I'm really glad to have this option available since location of nodes is quite close to esophagus and trachea and this state-of-the-art Varian Trilogy RapidArc therapy is an image-guided radiation therapy and is delivered faster and with extreme accuracy, more so than cyberknife technology, reducing side effects/problems usually associated with radiotherapy.
Has anyone else had this done?
Always nice to have a treatment plan in the works.