Guest hearrean Posted January 9, 2008 Share Posted January 9, 2008 Well after today's MD Anderson visit, I am more confused than ever! Yesterday I saw my Thoracic Oncologist at MD Anderson & he was pleased with the results of my (4) weeks of chemo treatments. As my profile states, there was as much as 50% reduction in my mass & nodes. He said he would suggest now adding radiation and treat as "curative." (He actually used that word)! He said I would be seeing their Radiation Oncologist today and he would probably set up the protocol. Today I met with the Radiation Oncologist & he just impressed me as "Mr. Doom & Gloom". He wouldn't comment on what his colleague said yesterday, but did say that I should be aware that LC (beyond stage I,possibly II) just doesn't have a good prognosis particularly my Stage IIIa. I asked him about continuing my treatment here at home with the added radiation, but he advised I do it there at MD Anderson due to their state-of-the-art facility. Also he wanted to possibly try Proton Therapy even though he said that many insurances won't cover it. I would have to go for 35-37 treatments (7 weeks X 5 days) + weekly chemo using the same chemo drugs as before. But he didn't & wouldn't give me positive feedback about the outcome & just kept saying that any advanced stage LC doesn't have a good prognosis. So I say to myself, if he believes that, then why would he want anyone to put their body through his recommended treatment which, even he said, would probably carry heavy side affects even using Proton Therapy. So now, I am considering going with IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy) with chemo & having the treatments done here locally in my home-town which is where I had my chemo. There is "The Cancer Centers of SE Texas" here which has (3) former MD Anderson alumnus & although they can't do the Proton Therapy, they can do the IMRT which I am hearing is just about as effective. I just know I probably need to get my chemo going again pretty soon. I had my last infusion on 12/27. But I can't see the Radiation Oncologist here at this center until Thursday week. So it would be alt least that long before I can re-start chemo + I think it takes them a week to get someone's radiation protocol set-up. I just hate this confusion & roller coaster ride. One day, good news & the next....not so good. Ken Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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