Dec 18, 2012 - 1:37 pm
We went and spoke to Heinz Lenz MD at USC Norris Cancer Medical Center. We knew he was brilliant and have read many articles that he has written. We had never looked up a picture of him and was expecting a little old German man, (Kind of a bad movie mad scientist.) in comes this bright eyed energetic man that was extremely welcoming and happy.
The first thing he tells me is, "After reading and reviewing your file. You are going to live a very long time. Your cancer is not that bad, and we need to start making a plan for you."
Dr. Lenz told us that he is used to seeing people for just a consultation. He wants all the future medical records to be sent to his staff. They will constantly review and monitor my treatment and if they disagree they will let me and the treating Oncologist know their opinion. WOW! After 1 Visit this Doctor and his team take interest in following people they have talked to, versus treated. He told of us of course we can treat you here, but that is probably inconvenient to you, and he chuckles. WOW! We were impressed! This is a team that obviously has to make money, and at the same time making money is very low on the list. (We have not received all of the bill, but it was worth it.)
He gave us his opinion on the protocol for treatment and the tests that need to be done to monitor my progress. He recommended a surgeon, and told us if we need a referral his staff would do that for me.
My plan is going to be: Get a baseline CT/PT, Tested for KRAS and BRAF immediately, Chemo for 3 months, follow up CT/PT to make sure shrinkage of the tumor, HIPEC Surgery, immediate follow up Chemo for 3 months, additional CT/PT to view results, then decide to Chemo or if done for a while. I guess I know my 2013 schedule. lol
Dr. Lenz's opinion on Diet and Vitamins for Colon Cancer:
Overall we learned a lot! We now have a World Class Oncology team over seeing my future treatments. We also met a group of exceptional people! They also have Free Valet Parking!
PS This is a Team of Oncologists opinions for me, and not a blanket treatment plan for everyone else. This information may be something other want to research for themselves. I did not state my Chemo recommendations, for the blanket statement reason.