Live from Fox Chase Cancer Center.
Today we received results of yesterday’s CAT scan to follow up on Sherri’s progress after 3 chemo treatments. It’s pretty good news, folks. To cut to the chase, the report summary says:
1. Decrease in size of multiple hepatic metastases.
2. Decrease in size or resolution of small pulmonary metastases.
3. Apparent increase in size of pancreatic head mass may be due to technical differences.
4. Decrease in size of portacaval lymph node consistent with treatment effect for metastatic disease.
The interpreting radiologist’s name is Dr. Milestone. Poetic, ain’t it?
Here is our understanding of what this means. The tumors on Sherri’s liver have decreased by about one third (and to my eye, the biggest one has dramatically reduced). The small tumors that were apparent on her lungs are all but undetectable – only a few can be found, and they are smaller than before. The pancreatic mass seems slightly larger, but the docs are skeptical of this appearance because the original CAT scan used a different technique that didn’t provide as accurate a measurement in this region. Also reduction in the liver normally follows reduction in the pancreas. Finally, the lymph node that was assumed to contain cancer cells due to inflammation is also shrinking. Nothing new is showing up in other organs. For comparison, during the month prior to the first scan, one of the liver masses almost doubled in size.
Our oncology team is very pleased with this result, and one of them dubbed this an “amazing” result for only 3 treatments. Not really all that surprising given the blast of cosmic pancreas-kicking prayer vibes you’ve all been sending. Way to go people! Keep those amazing results coming!
So we”ll stay the course for now and continue to work toward a complete smack-down of this nuisance. Infusion number 4 is underway.