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CT review today..onc.

cindi o'h

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hello all.

I see the onc. today. He will review the last CT scan. I have already talked with the pulm. surgeon. He seems to be on the fence as to whether or not to procede with VATS biopsy. He said there is a 50/50 chance of getting a good specimen to see if I have recurrence or not. I asked for specific risk factors. He said slim chance of death. But, a 20% chance or so for major complications to occur. I didn't like the sounds of that, but I kinda already knew it from our previous conversations.

I did send him the email from Rich's article. I looked it up in the journal and gave him the reference date of the publication. He sent an email back and said that it may give a small percentage of an edge and then to consider that the study is probably skewed for success by the subjects that were chosen.

He said he could probably get the same results by using CT guided needle and then to surgery.

Anyway. Lots to talk to the oncologist about today. The fact that I have been having sob again starting up just a few days after the thoracentesis is one concern. Another is transient bilateral foot swelling. And all those hot dogs I have been chowing down...well I keep getting fatter and fatter! (you saw me in my bikini!)

Wish me luck. I am going to try going it alone.

Will return hopefully, with some clarity as how to proceed.I don't feel nervous about what is going on in my body. I feel more nervous about understanding the train of thought that the doctors are on. I want all the information that I can get so that I can make the best decision for the longest survival without compromising my already precarious limitations.

Cindi o'h

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Cindi, Cindi, Cindi!!!!!

Don't like the 'going it alone' thing. You KNOW we are all right there with you. Hope you have a tape recorder so you can listen at home CAREFULLY under less stress than being in the office.

Here come prayers for the BEST set of circumstances for you, dear girl. And let us know PRONTO what's going on!



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I hope everything went well with Dr. Dudek. I noticed that you went alone on Monday. I know we have not met in person, but if you ever would need someone to wait with you at the U of M just let me know. I know that waiting room very well and how depressing it can be there. I will say a prayer tonight that everything went well.


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