Don M Posted May 18, 2007 Share Posted May 18, 2007 Thank you everyone for your good wishes and support. The interventional pulmonolgist successfully implanted the fiducials around my tumor yesterday. I don't know the exact details, but I think he put 4 or 5 of them around the tumor. The tumor was so big it was easy to find and he negotiated a u-turn in my airway to get to the tumor. There was a slight risk that I might die because of a pneumothorax and a possibility that he might not succeed with placement. But I am still alive and the fiducials are in. The rest should be easy. I have planning appointments next week to set me up for the cyberknife treatment. I think the actual treatment will be 5 doses, one a day for 5 days in a row, but I am not sure yet. This was the first time they had placed fiducials in a one lunged person using the bronchoscope. I am very pleased and grateful at the outcome. I feel like I just squeezed in the "you still got a chance for a cure room" before the door slammed shut. For large tumors, it less likely they will be able to kill the tumor outright, but I should get significant shrinkage. I am not sure, but I would say that I have a 50% chance at an outright cure after treatment. Much of it depends on the amount of response after the first 3 months following treatment. Don M Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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