March 16, 2012 at 12:55 am #58730RandiParticipant
Great news Pam!! So glad to hear your good news.
-Randi-March 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm #58729lainyParticipant
Pam, good news and hold on to your hats you are now on the upswing again! You know how we love the word, ‘surgery’. Grtover is right about WHEN the time is right. Notice I didn’t say IF, I said when. Good go’in girls!March 15, 2012 at 6:23 am #58728groverMember
Congratulations Pam and Lauren. Sometimes our timetable and God’s are not the same. I’m really glad you have some hope out there to shoot for.
God Bless you both and prayers coming your way.
GroverMarch 15, 2012 at 5:33 am #58727
We met with Lauren’s oncologist and liver surgeon today. They are both pleased with her progress. They both are on a tumor board that discussed her case Tues. Her surgeon said he would operate on her today if the board was agreeable. They were not, so he and they decided she will continue on chemo, eliminating the cisplatin for now. Lauren has trouble keeping her platelets high enough and they believe the cisplatin is causing this. It is also very hard to tolerate for a long time. If her tumors start growing, they will try oxaliplatin with her Gemzar and 5FU. They also are thinking about radioemolization to try and kill the small tumors on the left side of her liver. The big tumor on the right is what the surgeon wants to take out. He said it would be a huge surgery, but he wants to talk about it again in about 6 months. He has given us new hope. We absolutely love him. We all call him our very own “McDreamy” for those of you that are fans of Grey’s Anatomy. He is very cute with dark, curly hair. But the main thing is that he is an awesome surgeon and really wants to help Lauren. Pray for good things to happen. People aren’t kidding when they say this is a roller coaster ride. Take care everyone.
Love, -PamMarch 14, 2012 at 2:30 am #58726marionsModerator
Pam…positive thoughts are heading your way.
MarionMarch 14, 2012 at 12:51 am #58725
We will be going back to Michigan tomorrow. Lauren has a doctor’s appt. and is supposed to have chemo. With her scans showing not much shrinkage, who knows what they will decide to do. I will let you all know what is going on when I find out. Take care and love to you all.
-PamMarch 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm #58724tiff1496Member
When will she see the doctor again? I agree with Marion–she might have reached the max benefit, so it might be time to move on to something different. Keep us updated!March 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm #58723wallsm1Participant
I’m sorry to hear there wasn’t more shrinkage. Let us know what they decide to do. I’m glad Lauren is feeling well.
SusieMarch 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm #58722marionsModerator
Pam…..it may just be that Lauren has reached maximum benefit. If so, then (most likely) they will start another protocol. As far as I remember, she is in the phase II clinical trial: Gemcitabine, Cisplatin, and Fluorouracil. There are other drugs to use. Stay hopeful and strong.
Tons of hugs,
MarionMarch 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm #58721kathybMember
I don’t post very much anymore. I am the cc patient and not the caregiver.
I do understand your falling apart when things don’t seem to be as good as you want them to be. There are those who will think this is strange, but I’ve often thought I am blessed to be the one to get cc instead of one of my kids.
My heart goes out to you. Although your news isn’t as great as you had hoped for, it is GREAT news. You’ve had shrinkage and even stable is great news. Cling on to hope.
God bless you.
KathyMarch 12, 2012 at 8:38 pm #58720candrewsParticipant
A little shrinkage is better than no shrinkage at all, and it is also better than new growth!
CindyMarch 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm #58719
Lauren’s older sister read the scan reports and the large tumor only decreased .2 cm. One tiny tumor may be slightly larger. I am so disappointed because she has had huge shrinkage before. But, I guess I should be happy that it is a tiny bit smaller. We will have to wait to see what the doctor says. Maybe he has another game plan. Lauren is handling it well. She is happy there is a little shrinkage. I am the negative Nelly that falls apart when everything isn’t how I want it. I am having a hard time with this one. I’m just glad Lauren is happy, busy, and feeling good. Take care everyone.
Love, -PamMarch 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm #58712jennifersMember
Praying for positive news today Pamela. Good luck to Lauren!!!March 8, 2012 at 11:56 am #58710mariaParticipant
Praying for Lauren. She can do it. No matter what those scans show.March 8, 2012 at 11:23 am #58711candrewsParticipant
Praying for shrinkage!
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