Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Appointment with Oncology Radiologist

As promised, I kept my appointment with the radiologist today, December 9th. He was extremely nice and had studied my case and also had talked with my oncologist and pelvic surgeon. From what he said my case is challenging and they are all interested in the outcome. He was well aware of my feelings about radiation therapy and said that he would respect and support my decisions about treatment. After that being said, he still spent an hour with me explaining, in great detail, what the radiation therapy would entail.

In conclusion he really can't say for sure that radiation would make a difference, if it did make a difference it would be about 20%. Endometrial cancer is common but the type of cancer that I have is not common. He explained there are not a lot of studies on "serous papillary" cancer because there are just not a lot of women with this type. They do know that it is an aggressive cancer, but he said that I did well with the chemo and at the present time no cancer is noted in the lymph nodes. I am going to follow this with PET scans and see what happens.

I am feeling pretty good and my mental outlook is great. I am, of course, still having problems with my feet and find walking difficult when I have to put on a full shoe - sandals are more comfortable. If I stand for long periods then my back hurts, but then I have had back problems for a long time. After the first of the year I intend to join the Y and start water walking and water aerobics to see if I can start getting my strength back.

I have an appointment in 2 days with my pelvic surgeon but it is just for a follow-up. He will be following me for an extended period of time. I also have an appointment with my oncologist in January and will follow with a PET scan.

I probably will not be updating my blog except when I have appointments which should start tapering off now. I really would like to enjoy the Holidays and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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