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
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.