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3 wks til we learn what path our life will take



Saw the oncologist this a.m. & Mike is now having what may or may not be his last chemo. Have to wait 3 long wks for another CT. This was supposed to be the last treatment but CT 6 wks ago showed several tumors deep in intestines that dr does not believe will ever go away so the plan is to see if there is any further "significant" reduction in size (6 wks ago they were only reduced by about 1/3) but dr doesn't sound like he expects it but we shall hope. "If" we do have this reduction there will be 2 more rounds of chemo. After that the dr will do biopsies of any tumors left in the chest & intestines; this time the biopsy of the intestines will be surgical & not the worthless needle biopsy we had last Oct. After that there will be a Pet Scan & if the scan comes back positive for any "hot spots" we will be sent to the Univ of Iowa Hospitals for consult for a stem cell transplant. Considering the Pet Scan in Jan showed NUMEROUS hot spots through out the body & considering the dr does not believe some of these tumors in the intestines will ever be gone we feel our chances of getting a negative Pet Scan are pretty slim but at this point I told Mike we have to take this wk by wk & not give up hope just yet on the chemo doing what it should be doing. Dr said there is a high mortality rate to this procedure but if chemo does not work there is no other way to combat this cancer. Should any of you have any experience with stem cell transplant your input would be welcome: what should we expect, pain, how ill will he get, etc. Of course if we reach this point I know the drs will explain it but it would be nice to hear it from personal experience. Once again, I have to tell you how comforting it is to be able to come here to voice my fears. I truly appreciate my cruise addict family.


( ( ( (Kathy & Mike) ) ) ) I hope the three weeks goes by quickly for you...I know being on tender hooks is hard. Our thoughts and prayers continue that Mike will find a cure. Take care in the meantime.


Kathy - I know how hard all of this is for the two of you and I wish that the next few weeks go by quickly so you can get the good results and then get on with your lives together. Please tell Mike from all of us, that we are pulling for him to Nip it in the Bud, and to get well soon. =hug


ZSending out special prayers for you both--you just got to look ahead one day at a time and enjoy it everychance you get. Know how hard it was back the year Paw had so many hospitalization . Now we just enjoy each others compnay more and have fun and don't worry too much abt tomorrow.


Kathy, I sure hope all the chemo has done it's job and thing improve for your dear husband. Prayers and good wishes for everything to improve, and you have better days ahead.

I'll be keeping all of your family in my prayers...God bless...


I am not familiar personally with cancer treatments, etc., but I can try to imagine the dizzy feeling that comes with NOT knowing what the outcome will be. I would go for everything available even if high risk. I hope your choices and our prayers combine to get Mike on the road to recovery.


I hope the next 3 weeks fly by so that you will have some answers & that everything comes out good.
Prayers & good thoughts will continue for both Mike & for you too.


My thought's & prayers are going out to the both of you. I can't add to what already has been said, but just letting you know I'll be thinking and praying for the both of you. :angel

H2O babe

May you find comfort and encouragement in the fact that many here who haven't met you are keeping you and Mike in our prayers.


Cruise cutie

HUGE prayers, and good thoughts from our Home too Kathy..keep us updated..and be good to *YOU* too..hugs Joanne


Kathy - Here's hoping that the three weeks go quickly for you and bring encouraging news!




Kathy I will pray for you and Mike that the doctor's can get a handle on this and treat it to extinction....... I'm sorry you are going through all of this. Hugs.

Donna - dsw

Keeping you and your hubby in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us posted and vent anytime you need to girl!


Kathy, thank you for the update. I wish I had something to share about stem cell transplants. I do know, however, the excrutiating wait for tests and results. Please know that you and Mike are in my prayers, and we're here any time you need some company.


(((((Kathy and Mike))))) (((((Kathy and Mike))))) (((((Kathy and Mike))))) (((((Kathy and Mike)))))


my girlfriernd had stem celll transplant out here in caliif at city of hope and she was in the hospital for 6 weeks and she is home now and is doing great if and when she calls me I will ask her about it.
I am playing phone tag with her now but I expect that she will call me now. prayers will continue for you and my husband