Happy: A Quest for Life After Death

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Bone Destruction

We got the results from the latest scan today.

I could tell immediately from Dr. Ryan's expression that the news wasn't great. The cancer is technically stable -- the growth between this scan and the March scan is within the margin of measurement error. But compared to the December scan, done before Mat started the RAD001, it's clearly worse.

The soft tissue (pancreas, lungs, lymph nodes) tumors are about 10 percent larger, which is not the end of the world. The bone tumors, though, are 30 percent larger. The one in his spine is causing some back pain, and the one in his pelvic bone has caused a small fracture.

No wonder Mat's having so much trouble walking.

So Mat is dropping out of the clinical trial. The good news about that is that he can start radiation for the bone tumors, a treatment that wasn't permitted during the clinical trial.

Mat's last round of radiation worked quickly and had limited side effects, so he's quite looking forward to this round. Three weeks of daily visits to the hospital is kind of a drag, but that annoyance pales in comparison to the prospect of Mat being in much less pain within a couple of weeks.

After radiation, then it's back to chemo for the soft tissue tumors. We're not sure what kind, but are confident that Dr. Ryan will come up with something good.

In the meantime, Mat has an excuse to ride his motorcycle to MGH every day.


EmilyCC said...

Gosh, I think it takes a special type of person to look at the bright side enough to look forward to radiation treatments. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers, my dear!

Heather Parry said...

When I saw the title of the post, coupled with the photo, I was worried that the motorcycle had caused the bone destruction. That's probably just because motorcycles make me nervous. Anyway, sorry that the scan didn't give you good news. Good luck with the radiation. Hopefully it will bring some pain relief.

WinnyNinny PooPoo said...

Praying for complete destruction of those pesky tumors!!!

Christine said...

I pray that the radiation is successful in shrinking the tumors and bringing some pain relief!

lifeinredshoes said...

I never take "less that good news" well:(
You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, hang tough.

SLP said...

Cons: more tumors
Pros: riding motorcycle to radiation treatment

It's cool there is a pro in there :)

Lois is at the ready to help with Monday transportation :)