Sep 22, 2012 - 6:07 pm
For those who have recently lost loved ones, or gotten some not such good news, my thoughts are with you. EC is such a tricky cancer, and so many times it out smarts our best efforts. But for now, we (Dave and I) have beaten back the ole SOB... :)
Dave's PET scan came back and his medical oncologist said this is one of the best he's seen with Stage III EC. No mets to any place else, and the tumor has responded beautifully to the chemo and radiation. For those of you just starting out, yes it is hell, no two ways about it, but the outcome is so worth it. Dave had 4 weeks of continous 5FU, and then oxaliplatin on alternate Thursdays. Oh and a course of radiation 5x a week for 5 weeks. It would have brough me to my knees, but he was a trooper and perserved. So for Kristin, whose dad is at Hopkins right now, please be sure to tell your dad that this is do-able!
Our next hurdle is surgery, and we know that is a big one, but with a surgeon like Dr. Yang who is such an expert in EC, we feel that we are in the very best hands. I know William always touted the MIE, but the way Dr. Yang does the THE, its an incision from the sternum down to the belly button, and then one in the neck below the collar bone. Not too bad... I will pass this along from Dr. Hales, Dave's radiation oncologist. When Dave asked his opinion on the MIE vs the THE, Hales was in favor of the THE. He prefers a wide open viewing field, and likened the MIE to the old "Operation" game where you have such a narrow operating field. We just found that humourous. And he was not dissing the MIE, said he's seen great results with it, but his preference was for teh THE. But that's the beauty of having all these excellent centers and doctors to chose from, you can choose what is best for you.
Thanks for letting me share. And I especially wanted to give encouragment to those just starting out. In the beginning of June of this year I thought we'd never get through the chemo and radiation, and we did. You will too.