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Update from the dr

Discussion in 'The Safe Harbor' started by KathyC, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. KathyC

    KathyC Guest

    Well, we have some good news & some not so good. The good news is that the chemo has worked really well on all of the tumors in the chest & the dr expects them to be gone or almost gone after these last treatments. However, the tumors that are deep into the intestines (which is where all of this began) are only about 1/3 smaller but at least they are smaller. The other news is that his PSA levels for prostate cancer (remember they were insistent that it was prostate cancer that had metastized to the spine over a yr ago until they decided it wasn't cancer) are elevated. About 3 wks ago the PSA had tripled from 1 yr ago so they repeated that test last wk & the number has nearly doubled from just 3 wks ago. Mike is having treatment #5 today & scheduled for #6 in 3 wks. "If" dr sees significant changes in the tumors in the intestines after #6 he might extend the chemo treatments but he said today that he does not think the tumors deep in the intestines are ever going to go away. We asked if Mike felt well enough (he still gets so weak & fatigued but wants to return to work so badly) if he would be able to go back to work after treatment #6 but the dr said he has others areas he has to chase down, the prostate being just 1 of them. He said he can only put 1 fire out at a time so right now we finish with treatments for the lymphoma & will go from there. I see it as a mixed bag. Quite happy with the good part & will deal with the rest as it comes. After so many months of us knowing he was sick & drs finding so many suspicious areas but yet unable to get a diagnosis, I will settle for us putting out 1 fire at a time because at least we have a fighting chance when we know what to fight.
     
  2. maw

    maw Guest

    Kathy glad you gave us a report again today. You are right we canonly fight one fire at a time . At least now they are doing something and it is helping in some places. Medicine is so complicated. Good you have Dr's who are trying. Still sending good wishes and hope for the future.
     
  3. nieciez

    nieciez Guest

    Thanks for the update Kathy. Mike has sure been through the wringer on this and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with him. We'll take all the good news we can get and pray for the day all those fires are out for good!
     
  4. popcorn

    popcorn Guest

    Thanks for the update. At least there was SOME good news! Take care.

    Liz
     
  5. Lisa63

    Lisa63 Guest

    Thank you for the update. Prayers continue. As you said, one fire at a time. Hugs to you both.
     
  6. GloBug

    GloBug Guest

    What a long road Mike is on, but good news has a way of spurring you on. Prayers continue.
     
  7. mrsrocster

    mrsrocster Guest

    Thanks for the update Kathy! Continued prayers for strength and determination to beat this!
     
  8. Cruise cutie

    Cruise cutie Guest

    Hugs Kathy ..Prayers continue.may it continue to be it all gets gone...keep us updated as you can..and take care of yourself too..Joanne..
     
  9. debowah

    debowah Guest

    Thanks for updating us, Kathy. Prayers continue......
     
  10. Donna - dsw

    Donna - dsw Guest

    Kathy hang in there girl - at least you know where the fires are and as stated can put them out.
     
  11. kitten

    kitten Guest

    Sending prayer's & hug's your way. I couldn't express myself any better than what all of my C@-Family has already stated above. I wish the best for both you and Mike, keep strong, and please keep us posted on how thing's are going. :angel
     
  12. Beryl

    Beryl Guest

    Putting out fires is good! One fire at a time, one day at a time and prayers every single day! =hug=hug=hug
     
  13. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Guest

    Yes, one step at a time, Kathy. At least there IS progress. Please know that prayers continue...and may the smaller steps lead to a giant leap in treating Mike satisfactorily. =hug
     
  14. I love how you never give up and he still wants to work,the power of positive thinking is making it happen,much love and happy thoughts as usual and of course prayers continue!
     
  15. bostongal

    bostongal Guest

    Kathy - Hang in there - it's a marathon, not a sprint. I am glad that there is response from the chemo as that is very encouraging. One fire at a time and I will continue to pray that Mike can return to work as soon as possible.

    =hugs

    Meg
     

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