Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Out, Out, Damned Spots!

About a year ago, I wrote about my husband Jim surviving lung cancer, after two surgeries, some chemo, and enough radiation to kill Godzilla. His scans were clean for a year and a half.

A couple of weeks ago, his CT scan showed that a "suspicious" spot on his left hip that the doctors have been following right from the beginning had grown, and that there was a new suspicious spot nearby. A biopsy last week confirmed a couple of metastases: Lung cancer that had traveled through the bloodstream to the hipbone and set up shop there. A PET scan today showed another two tiny spots nearby.

Fortunately, there was no sign of any other suspicious activity anywhere else..and you wouldn't believe where this stuff can go.

Jim's going to meet with a radiation oncologist on Friday and discuss treatment options. Radiation was near-miraculous at clearing up multiple brain mets for him a couple of years ago, so he's got a good track record with that treatment. His regular oncologist also discussed the possibility of more chemo. Never a fun thing, but it may have kept that suspicious spot dormant for the past year and a half.

So if you're reading this, please say a prayer, do a chant, and, oh yeah, join an advocacy group.


definitely praying. Badly, but praying.
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