I had a PET scan this morning and it showed that the bad tumor that the Dr. was concerned with really “lights up”, the smaller tumor did not “light up” as much. “Light Up” means that the tumor is active and is absorbing sugars, thereby growing. The doctors best guess is that the bad tumor has taken over the good tumors location, thereby getting too close to the bile ducts. If he was to do the surgery it would be very risky and may permanently damage the liver, so it is back to chemotherapy. My surgeon has already spoken to my Oncologist and my Oncologist is confident that since I had a good response before, I will have a good response again. The plan is to get me back on chemo again and shrink that tumor so that he can safely do surgery in the future. The first question that comes to everyone’s mind, including mine, is how long will I have to be on chemotherapy. The answer is, only God knows. Last time it took 8 rounds and 4 months to get me in a good position for surgery, so I am guessing a time-line similar to that. As I continually learn throughout this process, 2 steps forward, 1 step back. The good news is that there were no other areas that lit up during all 3 of my scans. Also, I will not be in the hospital for my 10 year wedding anniversary.
Thank you for all of your prayers and support. It is time to charge forward into the next phase of this battle.