Tim'sKathy Posted July 8, 2003 Share Posted July 8, 2003 The MRI and PET scan confirmed what Dr. Edmiston thought...the cancer has spread to the 3rd lumbar vertebrae and a lymph node under his arm and in his abdomen. But, being an amazing Dr...she caught it right away and she said that's what it's all about- catching it and dealing with it. Tim had asked a question about one of the new drugs he'll be on, would he be on it from now until...and then he trailed off. And she said.."From now until...well, whenever...you know how I feel about times" She has never given us "how long" or a prognosis...she said that everyone is an individual and no one knows.... He is scheduled to meet with Dr. Macauley a radiation oncologist on the 18th and he will have 10-14 treatments to his spine. Dr E is starting him on the Iressa..which she feels will also take care of the lymph nodes. Dr. E is the director of Oncology and Hematology at UMass...(University and Memorial) and she is a genius (even with the choice of going to Dana Farber in Boston, we had already been told by my primary care doc that if it was one of her kids she would go to her and the pulmonologist told us that "she walks on water, I would trust her with my mother"). So I think we are in good hands. She is obviously is excited about Iressa. Tim will also get once a month infusions of Zometa to strengthen the bones and prevent more mets. She was concerned about us..whether we would be covered for the Iressa ( A doctor that REALLY cares !) She had me call the insurance co. to see if they cover it and if we needed a pre-auth, but believe it or not, Blue Cross covers it, I can just take the prescription to the drug store and the co-pay is $20 (not bad considering it costs $1500 for 30 pills) Surprisingly I am doing ok...even with the news. I think Dr. E had a lot to do with this..she was just so calm about it..she said.."We have a plan". I have read some of the horror stories here about Drs and medical care, and I am so glad that we chose UMass Memorial. They treat you like friends...everyone is so warm and they truly care. I am so thankful that God led us in that direction. Tim is taking this so well and I admire him more than I ever thought I could ! Thanks for all your prayers ! Kathy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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