Re: Do PET scans show all the cancer?
I appreciate that you replied to my postings. I have never known anyone who had cancer (other than my mother & she never told me about it until a few months before she died. We lived a thousand miles apart & she kept her illness from me until near the end.)
At times I feel very alone in this illness but coming to the message boards is a help to me. My husband went through this with his first wife (she had lung cancer also) & he doesn't really want to talk about it much so we basically pretend that it isn't happening to me. All he says is "think positive".
It has been awhile since I last posted. We have been busy going to doctor appointments, etc. A couple of the appointments were to check on how well I am doing on the coumadin. My numers keep going up so the docs are happy about that.
My oncology cardiologist got back from his vacation & at my appointment he informed me that the type cancer I have is adenocarcinoma. He also said that it is well differentiated (altho he didn't explain what that meant & I didn't think to ask).
The radialogy doctor & the thorasic surgeon talked with each other & decided that the THING in my left lung was of no consequence so I could have surgery if the tumor can be shrunk by radiation & chemo.
They have done the mapping & are in the process of checking a CT scan that was done in June with one that they did last week....I suppose to find out how much larger the tumor has gotten.
They will start me on a combo of carboplatin & taxol. I don't know much about either of them. The radiation will be done for 7 weeks. But they will do a mediastinoscopy after the 5th week. (Hopefully that procedure won't be any worse than the bronchopscopy was). I do not know what the results of that test will mean as far as any future treatments.
I try to remember what they tell me but by the time I get home I've either confused info or totally forgotten it. It's overwhelming at times.
Sorry this is so long & rambling. I just needed to talk tonight.