Aug 07, 2013 - 1:20 pm
First, thank you to everyone for their well wishes and support. I had the PET scan yesterday and my sister, brother, husband and I met with the doctor. The good news is no uptakes in lungs, liver or bones so reoccurance is isolated. Tumor board is meeting tonight but some type of radiation will likely be the tx. even if this area received it previously. Yes, you can radiate the same area twice with additional concerns. If it is the traditional IMRT(?) he said the side effects would be much less than before. Other options on the table are gamma knife, cyber knife or proton therapy. Leaning toward gamma knife and getting a second opinion from Mayo in Rochester. I heard the words treatable and still cureable so I am up for the fight. Of course, there always has to be that little something extra which was a slight uptake on floor of mouth on other side, thought to be residual or movement and not of concern "at this time". I always thought of cyber knife and gamma as surgical procedures, I guess because of the word knife. They are both radiaiton therapy. There are risks but it's a one time shot rather than 7 weeks. Knowing others here have fought the fight two and three times with success gives me hope.