Don't ever doubt the power of prayer.  

lovemetouchme5 51F
1534 posts
7/11/2006 4:51 pm

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Don't ever doubt the power of prayer.

I want to thank everyone who prayed for my sister. I received this email from her yesterday.

Dear Family and Friends,

Don't ever doubt the power of prayer.

Though my lesion hasn't disappeared, I do have good news to share.

After meeting with my surgical oncologist last week, I was able to get a bone scan scheduled rather quickly. It was completed last Wednesday. Two years ago, it was clear. With the change to my liver, I wanted to make sure I knew what I was dealing with. Thankfully, it is still clear.

I consulted with an interventional radiologist, on Friday. I was very impressed with him as a doctor. He had already read my chart, had come up with a couple of different plans before I got there. He took time out of his day doing procedures to consult with me, answer my questions, examine me and answer my friend's questions. He gave me 2 plans to consider. Based on the fact I have 1 lesion approx 1.2cm, I am opting for "Plan A". Plan A is a process called Radio Frequency Ablation. It's a process that's been around for a while and has been used in heart arrhythmia (sp?) cases. The process uses heat/electricity to burn the tissue/tumor off. I'll end up spending the night in the hospital, only because I'll be under general anesthesia for the procedure. I'll be sore, I might run a fever, then will go home and rest. In about a month, I'll have another CT scan to see what the liver looks like. Since there are other "bumps" that haven't declared themselves on my liver, I'll have a CT scan every 3 months to watch and see what happens, if anything. This is also good news as this is the least invasive of all the procedures I heard about. Plan A procedure is scheduled for July 21.

I met with my medical oncologist today. No more chemo - at this time. Since the cancer is confined to one small lesion, at this time, and it's about to be zapped, there's no reason to do any more chemo right now. Now, if the "bumps" become cancerous at a later date, then, we'll revisit having more chemo. I'm also being retested to see if my hormone levels have dropped to the point that I can be considered "post-menopausal". The reason is that the doc wants to get me off tamoxifen and onto another oral drug. Obviously, the tamoxifen isn't doing what's it's supposed to do since this lesion has appeared. The problem is that there isn't any other oral drug, but tamoxifen, for pre-menopausal patients. All other oral drugs are for post-menopausal patients. I should have the results of that blood work in a few days.

It's been a long week. I have bruises on both arms and on 1 hand from being stuck with needles (for both taking out and putting in).

Your prayers have been heard, thank you. My path is clearer and I feel very good about my doctors advice.

I'll let you know how the procedure went after the 21st.


(my sister)


ArtisticTwist75 41F
2505 posts
7/11/2006 7:41 pm

Glad things are looking brighter.


rm_Smile_My_Way 59M
1519 posts
7/11/2006 8:27 pm

Hopping for the best, you know I am. Good to hear the great news.

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