Great article about brain metastases.
Here’s a very encouraging article about cancer that spreads to the brain from the October 25, 2009 Los Angeles Times, When Cancer Spreads to the Brain. The statistics you find on the Internet for metastases to the brain are extremely depressing – as in less than a year to live. Those statistics are old, though — pre-cyber knife. This article deals with current treatments and confirms what “the brain guy” told me, that if the treatment seems to work I don’t have to worry about dying of brain cancer, at least not right away.
I had a CT of my torso on Thursday to check to see if the chemo is working on the lesion in my lung and the lesion on my right 8th rib. In addition, they’re checking to see if the cancer has spread anywhere else. I get those results on Monday at 3:30 Pacific time. Hank has a class that day and I’m too much of a chicken to go to a “results” appointment on my own, so my Mom is coming with me. Since she’s an RN and MHA she speaks medicine and will be a big help. Thanks, Mom!