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PET Scan Results and further treatment

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Lymph node quantity – The quantity is not as important, its that they are affected that is.
Type – Squamous cell carcinoma the same cells as in cervical cancer.
Lymph nodes being affected is quite common after Vaginal Cancer has been treated.
There were probably miniscule cells that were outside the radiation field before the radiation treatment was started. These were too small to have been detected on the initial PET Scan.

Nodules in lung – There is 1 nodule in the left lower lung, about 1 cm.

Prognosis – The cure is 0, but the buying of time is high. It’s not acute, but will be chronic for a long time. Expect “Remission”, but no predication for length.

Within the last 3 weeks he spoke with a Dr he went to school with and there are no clinical trials available at this time. The treatment he is recommending has had great success.

A port for delivery of the chemo will be inserted early on the morning of the first treatment.
Day 1 is expected to be long, about 6 hours.

The treatment he will be authorizing is 18 weeks long. Beginning Thursday, January 7th and ending Thursday, May 5th.
Carboplatin – every 3 weeks for a total of 6 cycles.
Taxol – 1 time per week. HAIR LOSS IS EXPECTED. Could be right away or 3 weeks
into cycle.
Avastin – every 3 weeks for a total of 6 cycles.

There will be less nausea. (I had none last time. Have anti-nausea pills.)
There will be fatigue.

Thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

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    1993 days ago
    Oh my dear friend...I am praying for you and sending you tons of love and light! Take good good care of yourself and know that all of your sparkies will be sending up POWERFUL prayers in your name. Prayer is so miraculous...and so it will be! emoticon emoticon

    My wish for Christmas this year is for you to get healthy again! emoticon
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    2010 days ago
    Deena, I'm glad you have your treatment plan in place now and hope you get good results from it. I think it was really encouraging to read Julie's response to a similar situation.

    I hated getting a port because it symbolized to me that I was sick, but I grew to love it during treatment and didn't want them to take it out afterward. (They did anyway.) Ports are a wonderful thing. You will be sore right after they put it in, but it will be so worth it!

    Wishing you the best.


    2010 days ago
    I had both carboplatin and taxol as my chemo, but different treatment plan. I had both drugs once every 28 days for 6 treatments. I did loose my hair about three weeks after my first treatment.. I had every good results with the treatment for metastatic endometrial cancer in my lungs. I am 8 years out from chemo and considered stable but not cured.

    I will keep you in my prayers,

    2011 days ago
    Thank you for your update. It sounds as though your prognosis for long-term healthy survival is excellent. It will just be a matter of getting through the initial procedures. My best thoughts are going with you and your family.
    2011 days ago
  • FLRED12
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    2011 days ago
    Many prayers.
    2011 days ago

    My thoughts and prayers are with you

    2011 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    YOu just shot to the top of my prayer list dear. May HE show Himself to you; His hand on your shoulder as you go through these procedures.
    2011 days ago
    Prayers for your difficult time and your family as well...
    2011 days ago
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