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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Medical Update: MRI and PET CT -- Results

It turns out, I tend to hear what I want to hear. 

Twice now, I thought tumors were gone, when they were not.

So, today, I sat with my oncologist, to understand what is going on in my body.

The bottom line: my cancer is under control.

I still have tumors in my brain, my lungs and all over my skeleton. 

Thank God, there is currently no evidence of disease in my liver. (At least I got that one right!)

Both the MRI and the PET CT show the tumors in my brain are continuing to shrink.  The shrinking may be a continued effect of the WBR (Whole Brain Radiation) or from the Tykerb/Lapatinib (which seems to cross the blood brain barrier) or both. 

The PET CT also confirmed that:

1. the tumors in my lungs, which are tiny, are stable
2. the tumors in my bones are stable
3. my liver is clear

Overall, the news is good.

Stable is good.

I still wish it would all go away.

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,


Ilana said...

Thank you for the update.

mikimi said...

may there continue to be good news.

Melissa said...

Stable is good. May you continue to be stable.

Healing and Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the update - fantastic to hear the good news. Chizki v'imtzi - as you say, you only need the tumours to stay stable long enough for them to find a cure.

Staying Afloat said...

Who wouldn't wish that?


rutimizrachi said...

Me, too. I also wish they would go away. I am glad that the doctors and your great attitude, with G-d's help, are keeping them under control.

Now I have an image of you with a chair and a whip, keeping lions, tigers, bears, and piranha at bay.

We'll probably find out at the end of days that you were protecting an entire village somewhere on the planet...

Jeffrey R. Woolf said...

Me two.

Shelly said...

Thank you for the update. It's so wonderful to hear good news. B'H it will continue to be as good or better.

I love the image of you with the chair and whip keeping all beasties at bay - can really picture it ;-)

Sarah said...

"I still wish it would all go away."

I wish that for you, too.

RivkA with a capital A said...

Square Peg -- my pleasure (especially when the update is good news)

Mikimi, Melissa, & Na'amah -- amen!

Staying Afloat -- you never know....

Ruti Mizrachi -- I LOVE the image!! "hyahhh!"

Jeffrey Woolf & Sarah -- thanks

Shelly -- me too! (is that wierd, or what?)

Anonymous said...


Thank you for keeping us informed of your condition. Much love over here.


Shelly said...

A little - but who'd want to be "normal"?

Batya said...

Refuah shleimah, keep concentrating on the good the "half full," not the "half empty."