Twisting, turning, a little salty, but in the end a very satisfying treat.
Pathology results back from Emory and we’re back to lung cancer; melanoma has left the building (which we kinda knew since Dr Retterbush couldn’t find any cancerous lesions).
So, this is a very strange type of cancer and has Dr Nik a little baffled. Regardless, he can’t believe how well I responded to the first treatment and he is ecstatic. The nodes in my neck have decreased in size so much that you can’t feel, much less see them. He said I was a lucky man.
With Adenocarcinoma originating in the lung you would expect a large mass which would then spread. I have no mass evident from the first PET scan. “So we caught it early?” No, we didn’t catch it early because it’s spread to the lymph nodes throughout your chest and neck.
BUT, we treat based on the biological make-up, not where it originated (though we want to know that too), and the treatment is having amazing results already. I’ll have another treatment on October 9 and then go for another PET scan to see how the lymph nodes in my chest are reacting. Hopefully as well as those in my neck.
Barring development of any side effects and continued results like this, I’ll stay on this treatment every three weeks for a year, with scans ~every quarter to monitor. (Update from 2nd opinion Silpa:
“Tony this makes clinical sense! So happy that the immune therapy is working so well! I think everything will melt away! No surgery in this case.”)
Meanwhile, Sadie played extensively in her volleyball game today and did great in CMS victory over BHL. So happy her hard work is paying off.
Every person you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.