Mar 22, 2013 - 6:20 pm
Recap - My father was diagnosed with Stage 4 EC in October, 2011 and given 6 months. He did 28 days of radiation and has been on chemo ever since with the exception of a 2 month break this winter of his choice. Until this most recent pet scan, the chemo seemed to be keeping the cancer contained from spreading.
Thursday's PET scan showed 8 new areas of growth, in addition to his 7 original spots. Of the 8 new areas, his lung, back, pelvis and bones are now involved. Previous scans were done so that we could see the size of each tumor in cm. This new scan was done in SUV. Is there any way for us to calculate/compare the size of the 7 original spots or to determine how large the new tumors are?
Other than some back pain, fatigue and shortness of breathe, my dad is getting by. They are switching him to the "3rd line of chemo" where he will get an IV med on Day 1, take pills for 14 days at home and then on the 21st day, go back and start again. Seems to be a similar variation of what he was on in the very beginning.
I'm just don't know this disease enough to know how rapidly it's going to progress from here. Thank you for all for any good thoughts and prayers you can send.