Just thought I'd give everyone a quick update. I've gone through 6 of 12 chemo treatments and just got back from my 2nd trip to Mayo. I have a thoracic wedge resection on my left lung scheduled for Monday June 16th.
Chemo has been working; my CEA marker is down to 6 again after a high of 18 on my last trip to Mayo and my lung spots are showing shrinkage.
I get to be a part of two data gathering studies that I will explain if any one is interested.
Here's to hoping the resection works and the follow up chemo clears out anything that's left. Please cross the pertinent appendages and swing the appropriate barnyard fowl.
Just checking up on you...this was your last post before todays with xongsmith...so how are you doing today? I often see your name in the online list but have not talked with you in years---back when old jar jar sat up in the chatroom.
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I am doing fine. I had a thoracotomy back in June where they removed 4 wedges from my left lung. Out of the multiple spots in these wedges only two were cancerous. I returned home after a week to recuperate and start chemo again. I had issues with my incision not wanting to close and have been in wound care for several months. I am happy to say that as of a week ago last Thursday my incision is officially closed up and no more wound care.
I still have two spots in my right lung that they are keeping an eye on. I am currently on a greatly needed chemo break until the end of January when I return to Mayo for another scan. They want to see what these spots do. Grow? Multiply? Tap dance?
I have been given multiple options as to what we might do about the remaining spots. I do NOT want to do surgery again. Open thoracotomy is NOT a fun recovery. I will probably talk to Mayo and my local onc about SBRT. This is a directed radiation that can be done on a moving (breathing) lung with fewer side effects than regular radiation. Another point in favor of SBRT is that I can probably have it done locally as there is a CyberKnife® facility right here.
As it stands right now I'm feeling good and am planning on going back to work part-time next week just to keep my foot in the door. My boss has been great. He told me he has never had any plans to NOT keep my job open for me. It will be an adjustment for me as I have been off work for 10 months.
And that concludes my latest and greatest update.
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Not sure where you are in Wisconsin, but if you need a ride to, from, or while at Mayo, I might be able to allocate time to assist. I am about 5 hours or so from Mayo, but my boss(wife)gives me a great schedule.
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