Where do I begin. Today was an awesome day. I"ll try to stick to the facts.
We met with Dr. Chamberlain today to review the ct scan I had gotten done on Thursday. When he came in to meet with us he was visibly stunned. He said that he found it hard to find any viable tumor left. (the MRI does not show the calcification that would show up on a ct and the MRI is what he had to review last week.
He said now he is unsure as to whether to proceed with resection surgery or have SIRT (selective internal radiation therapy) done, while continuing to keep the option of resection open. This is the same question Moriarty and I have been mulling over for the past few months as I continue treatments.
The positive of doing SIRT as opposed to surgery is it will destroy any remaining unseen cancer. However it doesn't offer any possible chance at having a "you can be cured" prognosis. Resection surgery however does offer that possibility.
Surgery has its own negatives of course mainly increased morbidity and as with any surgery risk of not making it through etc.
So the bottom line is this. Dr. Chamberlain wants me to have another PET scan done. If there is any metabolic activity left we go to surgery. He would resect the right side of the liver and possibly a small area on the left. He said he feels very good about having a curative outcome.
If there is no metabolic activity then we will consider doing the SIRT spheres and continue along a path toward surgery. He ended by telling me with a big smile on his face, that being so young, and a mom of two young kids, having such a terrible cancer that I am the type of patient he lives to treat and give the possibility of a cure - at life.
He has impressed us very much so far in our two meetings and I don't think I could be any more blessed than having him and Dr. Moriarty on my team. He would be talking to Dr. Moriarty today and I will meet with Dr. M. myself on Friday before erbitux. Once I get pet scheduled I will meet up again with Dr. Chamberlain.
I am at a loss for words and have been all day. I feel like I have been giving the largest serving of hope poured into my soul since this all began. God has seen me through the horrible and now I am ready for Him to see me through the good. Joy, joy, joy that is all I feel.
God Bless all of you.