We just got back from the oncologist, and could not be happier! They did a chest x-ray, the tumor in the left lung has shrunk again, it is down to 3.2 cm (was 3.7 during chemo). His lab work was good, blood counts were normal. They did send some blood work off to do a liver enzyme test. If anything negative comes back from this, they will call us.
The conclusion from the Doctor was, if the tumor in the lung has shrunk, it is realistic to believe it ALL has. They did not do any further tests today. Scott does not have to go back to the Doctor again until 8 weeks.
He (the doctor) also felt compelled to tell us a story of an elderly woman who was diagnosed with the same exact caner as Scott, her diagnosis was in January of 2003. After 1 round (3 days) of chemo, she decided to not take the treatment. Today, she is alive and well, and "CANCER FREE". Her terminal diagnosis was not correct. I felt the need to share that with you to. It is hope!!!
The Doctor admitted again, "it is cancer, we don't know".
Scott is very happy. When the Doctor said that, he looked at me and said "see, I told you I am not dying". The doctor looked at him and giggled and said "with an attitude like that, you will out live us all". I love this Doctor, he is absolutely wonderful. He will not tell a person they are dying, unless they are in teh stages of death. I think he must be a religous man becuase he always says "that's not my call". In this office, there is 6 Oncologist, he is the only one that has not said that Scott will die, he will not say that. Of course, Scott likes thsi doctor as well. He just makes us feel very comfortable, he has a way of just easing your worries without even trying.
Once we left the office, Scott called just about everyone we knew. He was in such a good mood yesterday, happier than I have seen him in a long time, Now he is read to get busy and get back in shape, and back in good health. Getting this news eally motivated him.
Yes, he does have a wonderful doctor. he is such a positive person, and encourages patients to NEVER give up, because cancer s so unknown, and even they are constantly surprised by results. He believes, and and tells you, the best defense to cancer is a postive mental attitude, I believe that 100%. I believe, if Scott had accepted that he was terminal, when diagnosed, he woudl now be gone. Or, if not gone, very sick. But, he has never let it get him down. He keeps in mind all of the things that cancer can NOT do.Most importantly, cancer can not take away his will to live, and it can not strip him of his failth.