Sep 28, 2012 - 12:14 am
This was kind of inevitable, and clouds have been looming on the horizon since my previous two scans. When the doc says, "Your scan looks okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy ...," and manages to cram about 4 syllables into the final "...ay," you know all is not ideal:
My latest scan showed that two tiny spots in my lower left lobe that couldn't be treated by anything other than chemo before because of location and size, have grown. They're still relatively small according to the doc (7 and 11 mm, which sounds huge to me), but it's gone beyond the point of watchful waiting.
The silver lining in the cloud is that if the main area treated before looks under PET like it's still killed, surgery is now adjudged to be an option. The doc says, "We'll just kinda look at it like we're starting over." All right; I can buy that. Not sure what kind of surgery yet, but I'm pretty sure I'll have a longer recovery than I had from the chemo and rads.
The other option is stereotactic radiation, and I guess I'm interested in hearing from anybody who's had that. It still seems like it would be pretty tough to hit spots the size of the small one on a moving surface, but if they say it's doable, I'm in.
I'm also having a pulmo function test for the first time next Monday, I assume to judge fitness for losing a hunk of lung. Not really worried about that, as I haven't noticed any real impairment since treatment, and in fact have been racking up between 100 and 150 bike miles a week over most of the summer. I expect to put up the numbers of a fully-abled 35 year old. Yeah, right! ;-)
At this point I can't wrap my mind around the idea of maintenance chemo, so I hope these other options stay open.
As always, any words of wisdom appreciated!