Addie Posted July 21, 2004 Share Posted July 21, 2004 I was rescanned and mapped in radiation today for the "cone down". Since my medical onc does NO scans until all 6 cycles of chemo are finished...I figured I'd ask the radiation onc how things looked after today's scan. First of all, they tell you these are NOT for diagnostic purposes....BUT...since they ARE for the purpose of narrowing the field of radiation, it sort of implies shrinkage...doesn't it? I figured I had nothing to lose by asking...and the answer was, Yes, the enlarged lymph nodes in the mediastinum are "noticeably reduced"!! So then I asked him about the amount of "activity" in those lymph nodes before treatment even started and the rad onc said, "You had considerably less cancer there than we often see!" I said, "Even with other limited stage patients? You don't mean compared to extensive stage?" And the doc said, "Yes!" If it's possible to FLY out of a hospital, I did. Anyone seen that commercial where this guy goes up to perfect strangers and smiles and says, "I lowered my cholesterol"??? Well today, every stranger I passed leaving the hospital, I wanted to smile and say, "I reduced my cancer!!" Any little tidbit of good news...is a positive thing. Today, I felt overwhelmed with good news! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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