Something changed…?

Something seems to have changed since my CT or the quality difference between that and the MRI.

I had the MRI done and the results were pretty positive.   Dr. Sielaff said he was very happy with what the scans showed and what the chemotherapy had done.  The scan showed that the tumor had shrunk vs. what the CT had shown.  But still not enough.  Also, the PET scan basically showed that there was little to no cancer activity going on inside the tumors!!!

But there is still that 1 tumor in a bad place.  There is now some separation between the tumor and the bile ducts.  But the tumor as he says, “is still in a high rent district”.  What he wants is enough separation that he can get clear margins (i.e. when he does the surgery he not only takes out the tumor but also some healthy tissue surrounding it).  If I was out of options he could try and do the surgery now, but I still have options.  Dr. Sielaff called Dr. Duane(my Oncologist)  and they felt my body was getting too toxic from the chemo., so no more chemo for the time being.  Dr. Sielaff then explained that it was now time to try some radiation.  So I was quickly whisked out of his office and over to the Radiologists office.  They recommended SIRT (Selective Internal Radiation Therapy) for my tumor.  What they do is go up through an artery in my leg and drop beads of radiation in the blood stream that goes up to the liver.  The beads of radiation apparently attack the cancer cells further breaking them down.  This type of radiation is given to only people with disease on their liver and only if they don’t have too much disease.  The first step is an initial evaluation of blood work, scans(MRI/PET) and general health.  The second step is an angiogram in which they analyze the flow of blood between the liver and the lungs.  If the liver is sending the lungs too much of its blood then they can’t do the procedure as the radiation will damage the lungs.  The third step is the actual procedure.  The procedure takes about 90 minutes but there is prep time and recovery time, so that the whole process takes about 6 hours.  I am only partially put under for the procedure-similar to a colonoscopy.  The side effects vary widely from feeling nothing the next day, to others who get a fever and feel like they have the flu for most of a week.  Then they wait 3 months before they do a scan to see what the results are.  If everything goes the way Dr. Sielaff envisions it will, then he would be able to remove the last tumor(s) sometime in June.

One very interesting note came out during the evaluation by the radiologist.  She said they usually have a target amount of radiation they administer based on the PET scan results showing how much cancer the patient has.   She said colon cancer cells really light up PET scans well, but mine really didn’t light up.   She then said,  “your PET scan basically shows no sign of disease.” I am still in shock of that statement.  The MRI and CT still show that the tumors exist, but they seem/appear almost dead.

We still move forward with all the procedures as the concern is that the tumors are not completely dead and their may be newer/smaller cells growing next to them.

It was a very positive/overwhelming day.  I still haven’t fully processed it myself but wanted to share it with you.  It is only by God’s Grace that I am where I am now.  Still a long road ahead, but Goliath just took a whipping today and it had nothing to do with me…

Be blessed for your faithful prayers, comments and thoughts.

Chris

p.s.  Keep those prayers coming.  If you didn’t get a chance, read Vicki’s comments from that last post.

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  1. PAT

    CHRIS,
    I KNOW WE ARE ALL THANKING THE LORD FOR YOUR CARE AND HIS CONSTANT LOVE THAT HE SURROUNDS YOU WITH (ALONG WITH AMAZING FIRENDS,FAMILY AND MOST IMPORTANT THAT BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND THOSE GREAT KIDS) WE ARE THANKFUL THAT THE LORD HAS LED YOU TO INCREDIBLE DOCTORS AND GREAT MEDICAL FACILITES! AS WE CONTINUE TO PRAY WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE IN THE LORDS HANDS ALWAYS !HE HAS YOUR BACK CHRIS! JUST A LITTLE SIDE NOTE BURL HAS HAD THREE TUMORS BEHIND HIS HEART FOR 1 YEAR THAT HAVE SHOWN NO SIGNS OF CANCER FOR 1 YEAR SO YOU TWO CONTINUE TO ROCK ON WITH THE LORD!!!

  2. Kent and Joy

    Chris, Their is no doubt of what is happening in your life! I praise God! I look back at the prayer time July, 2008 and I know God’s presence and the Holy Spirit was there. God will continue the good work that he has started in you! Thank You Lord! Lots of Love, Kent and Joy

  3. Judy Emery

    Crazy -Wonderful -Wow -Amazing -News!

    Chris – we will continue to pray for you & your family. And thank God for the work He has done in you – in many ways.

    Love you guys-
    Judy

  4. Michele Balvin

    Very hopeful Chris! I think of you often. I love the correlation of Vicki’s comment and your most recent post- very powerful! My mom had the port that fed chemo into her veins removed from her chest/neck today! A great step in a long battle. She’s been cancer free for over a year now. You’ll get there, keep up the fight.

  5. Cindy Beaver

    So glad to hear the wonderful news and no chemo – hooray for you! Your consistently positive outlook and fortitude has been inspiring to us all.

    You remain in our nightly prayers. The Lord is with you and so are we!
    -Cindy & Andrew

  6. Cheryl Stainer

    I have a couple of words of encouragement for you.

    First: Although this is not prostrate cancer that you are fighting . . . My father-in-law was battling that 15 years ago. He had radiation seed implants put in, it sounds very similar to what they are going to be doing to you. He had great success with it. Has been cancer free ever since.

    Second: I know that this has been an extremely tough road for you and your family to have to be on. I know that God has a plan for your future a good plan (I hate when the good plans have such a tough road.). You are letting your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise our Father in heaven (Awesome thing!). I am excited to see, one day, how God will have used you to bring more people to be in communion with him.

    Third: We had an awesome time of prayer for you on the 21st. I will be making it a point to have our own family prayer/fasting service for you.

    Keep the faith,

    Cheryl Stainer

  7. Andrew

    One word: awesome!

    Hope to see you soon bruttha.

    February 2nd? My place?

  8. Pat T.

    Chris, Wow! What a great God we have for a Father! I am so glad that this latest news is so positive. I keep you in prayer.
    Pat (Pray for the Cure)

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