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The PET Scan which I had on 17 Aug and which also showed the pneumonia had some otherwise good results. There is a non-reactive node in my left lung. We'll be following it to err on the side of caution, but otherwise not much concern. The tumor in my right lung is very small and shows minor activity. The best part is in the liver. In May there were six tumors, now there are only three and the largest two show healthy tissue in the center of the tumors as the liver repairs itself from the inside as well as the outside! My onc was very impressed by that. While I did not get treatment during my hospital stay, I did get my CEA, 169 a good 60 point drop from two weeks earlier. My liver functions continue to be "amazingly well" to a point comparable to a non-drinker without liver mets.

As follow-ups, I need to increase my warfarin to every day and after I've finished the round of antibiotics, need to go in for another set of chest x-rays. For the first time in weeks, I was actually hungry this evening after treatment. I mentioned to the onc that I was considering an herbal remedy for lack of appetite and he told me that after getting an auth from the insurance company, he could prescribe what I'm guessing would be marinol.

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Doc, That's great news! Considering all you've been through lately, I'm glad there was a rainbow in your day! And hopefully a nice meal :-)
Best to you,
SharonVegas

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Doc, That's great news! Considering all you've been through lately, I'm glad there was a rainbow in your day! And hopefully a nice meal :-)
Best to you,
SharonVegas

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Thanks, Sharon. It was a pretty nice dinner, although I couldn't eat very much. The stomach does tend to shrink when not filled on a regular basis. I do have to start working on eating more: when I'm back up to speed I want to go to Red Lobster for the all you can eat shrimp!

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So happy to hear all this, Doc. I've been worried about you. It sounds like you are on the mend. I'm glad your appetite came back this evening - hope that continues. My daughter started on Marinol and has been on it a couple of weeks. It is finally starting to work. She takes it 1/2 to 1 hour before each meal.

Sandy

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The big concern that I have about Marinol is if it has the same mental effect as marijuana? I really don't like that out of control, Beavis and Butthead feeling that I get from the latter.

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LOL! You must be quite a bit younger than me. I would have said Cheech and Chong. She says the Marinol doesn't really do anything that she can tell. She is already tired all the time, so I don't know if it contributes to that or not. The timing of the "munchies" effect isn't perfect - that often comes on several hours after the meal.

Sandy

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I'm 53 and always loved Cheech and Chong in their prime. The satire and self deprecating humor that they used is classic. My favorite routine of theirs was always the two dogs Ralph and Herbie. Just listening to it, I could close my eyes and picture these two dogs! I never did care for Beavis and Butthead, that sort of toilet humor just doesn't appeal to me. Unless I'm cataclysmically blown out of my gourd, then even "pull my finger" can start a serious case of giggles.

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Being 80,I remember Laurel and Hardy. My favorite is at a construction site Oliver(the heavyset one)is holding a rope to a pully with a wooden keg of nails. He hands the rope to Stanly( the real slim one). The nails weigh more than Stan,so they come down and he goes up. Upon hitting the ground the bottom of the keg breaks, releasing the nails. Now Stan comes down and the empty kek goes up. Upon hitting the ground, Stan lets go of the rope. Now the keg comes down and hits Stan. I;s a real sight gag. hope you can visuaize it. LOL

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That was pretty classic, I've seen it a few times.

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Such great shows! When I was growing up, they used to show Laurel and Hardy every Sunday afternoon and sometimes the Three Stooges. It would be great if they went back to movies like that on Sunday afternoons. Glad you're feeling better and doing so well doc! pull my finger . . .buh dum dum. I'm here all night, eat the chicken.

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There's a reason why those old shows are classics! I find what passes for comedy these days to be too vulgar and just not funny at all. When I was living here in Utah when I was about 10, the Egyptian theater on Saturdays in the summer would run a double feature of old movies along with a vintage newsreel and a Commander Cody or Rocketman serial episode, all for a quarter. I used to love it when they'd have a Hope and Crosby Road movie!

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Doc its sounds like things are turning the corner for you. I love it when that hungry feeling comes after having so many days when there isn't an appetite. Pray you keep getting better. Jeff

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Amen to that Jeff! For a change, hunger pangs felt good and very welcome!

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That is good news Ray... after all you have been through the last couple weeks I bet you were surprised to hear something so wonderful. I am very happy for you and pray that your good news continues.
GOD bless you.
Brenda

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Congrats on the remarkable PET scan news! Sounds like the treatments are really doing the job.

Glad to hear that you are feeling more like eating. That in itself will help to rebuild your strenght. If you want something with "no" side effects perhaps one of the protein drinks like Ensure or Boost might help.

Wishing you continued improvement on all fronts!

Hugs,

Marie who loves kitties

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So glad you are feeling better and your appetite back. Maybe getting out of the hospital early was a blessing. Hospitals can keep you sick. Congrats on your scan results, sounds like things are moving in the right direction, smaller!
Sandy :)

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The PET scan is the big picture and is enormously good news- the pneumonia will pass and be but a bad memory, but your progress in fighting the cancer will make a difference to in the longer term and is fabulous. Give yourself time to recover as regaining your appetite and energy always takes longer than you expect. However, the more active you can be now as you get your strength back, the more your appetitie will return naturally and the less you will need to rely on artificial stuimulants of your appetite.

I can tell by your posts that you have some of your spark, humour and energy back- we have missed it!

steve

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and an appetite too. Good to hear!

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Endless shrimp...count me in! I am so glad that your PET came black with great news. Keep up the good work and try to build up that appetite.

Alex

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How is ur fever?
Hugs!

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My temp is back down to the normal range and even a little bit cool last night.

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Positive information about the Liver and feeling better as well. Good to hear Doc...Art

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Thank you all. I think in light of the results and apparent return of my appetite, I'll celebrate by starting some PT at home today without grousing at the the therapist!.

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I hope we both are in the good way mate!

smokeyjoe
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Good news, congratulations :)

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My daughter in law is a nurse at UCLA and she really believe Marinol is very safe. My husband has been taking it since Feb when he started Chemo. He is not on any treatment for now finished chemo with 1.9 CEA but some days he still takes the Marinol because he needs to gain some weight. Glad you finally got home and got hungry. EAT lots of carbs

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My daughter in law is a nurse at UCLA and she really believe Marinol is very safe. My husband has been taking it since Feb when he started Chemo. He is not on any treatment for now finished chemo with 1.9 CEA but some days he still takes the Marinol because he needs to gain some weight. Glad you finally got home and got hungry. EAT lots of carbs

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My daughter in law is a nurse at UCLA and she really believe Marinol is very safe. My husband has been taking it since Feb when he started Chemo. He is not on any treatment for now finished chemo with 1.9 CEA but some days he still takes the Marinol because he needs to gain some weight. Glad you finally got home and got hungry. EAT lots of carbs

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My daughter in law is a nurse at UCLA and she really believe Marinol is very safe. My husband has been taking it since Feb when he started Chemo. He is not on any treatment for now finished chemo with 1.9 CEA but some days he still takes the Marinol because he needs to gain some weight. Glad you finally got home and got hungry. EAT lots of carbs

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My daughter in law is a nurse at UCLA and she really believe Marinol is very safe. My husband has been taking it since Feb when he started Chemo. He is not on any treatment for now finished chemo with 1.9 CEA but some days he still takes the Marinol because he needs to gain some weight. Glad you finally got home and got hungry. EAT lots of carbs

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Wonderful news Doc. I am so happy to hear this. So nice to read about you and Pepe doing so well.
Keep up the good work, if I was closer i would do the shrimp thing with you!!
Hugs,
Judy

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i am sooo happy you are better! i was really concerned. keep getting better!
judy

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