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Thursday, December 14, 2006

MRI Results and Doctor Opinions

Hi Everyone,

I know many of you are waiting to hear results from today's doctor's appointments. After Scott's MRI, we went to see 3 doctors: the neuro-oncologist (chemo guy), radiation oncologist (radiation guy) and the neuro-surgeon. The three doctors had similar opinions on the MRI results with varying differences. Basically, his MRI showed "something" in the area where the tumor was removed. The "something" could be scar tissue (probable), swelling from the radiation, or regrowth of the tumor. Basically we won't know for sure until he has his next MRI which will be in about 2 months; bummer huh? The good news is that he is still doing GREAT! He feels good, isn't very tired anymore, and has no deficits in language and motor ability (not to mention his incredibly handsome and sexy new look).

Tomorrow, we will get a little more information from the scan which is called a perfusion MRI. Basically it will show blood flow to the former tumor area. They will rate that on a scale from 0 to 10. (0 being the best). The blood flow shows whether there is tumor cell activity in his brain.

His next step is starting chemo therapy again. He will probably start that next week (depending upon when we can actually get the drug in time). He will take a much higher dose of chemo for 5 days and then have 23 days off. He will do this cycle 6 times.

We were all hoping that we would see nothing on his scan today and felt a little bit of a let down since there was "something." However, we truly believe that the something is just scar tissue from the surgery.

We'll update tomorrow as we know more info.

Thanks for keeping him in your thoughts and prayers.


1 comment:

  1. hey guys -- it has been ages since i checked in but have been thinking of you often. i see you have all been very busy fighting your butts off. your strength and courage and devotion to eachother is great fuel for the rest of us fools struggling to appreciate the mundane. don't know if you've heard from larry recently, but he and jay were made directors -- larry, if i wasn't supposed to put this on the blog, oops, but tough. oh, by the way, my two cents that i never hold back -- you look damn hot bald (that's ok to say, right julie?) be well. -- sck