|Audrey and Grandpa playing checkers at Vanderbilt.|
Here is what the results of the last CT scan is:
- Lesion in the right acetabulum has disrupted the quadrilateral plate and extends into the anterior lip of the mediastinum and has increased in size and measures 2.5 cm in maximum diameter.
After my breakdown I called Don and told him the results of the CT scan and his reaction was nothing like mine. His reply is "It's not as bad as I thought". Here I breakdown and wait for the sky to fall and Don takes it with a grain of salt. His reaction to the news helped calm me. He said to get out a ruler and look at how big a centimeter is. Apparently Don was expecting news that his tumors had gone to his liver, etc. and while going to the bone is bad, it isn't horrible.
|We aren't sure of the side effects of Afinitor, |
but expect them to be like Sutent & Inlyta.
The cancer cells & the blood vessels that help feed the cancer cells.
As a result, AFINITOR: May slow the growth and spread of kidney cancer. Can restrict cancer cells from getting the nutrition they need to grow. May slow the blood vessels from growing and supplying the tumor with blood. AFINITOR may also affect healthy, non-tumor cells.
So, we are onto our fourth chemotherapy in 4 years & 4 months since diagnosis. We have done (in order) Sutent, Avastin/Torisel Clinical Study and Inlyta. It is scary starting a new drug, with new side effects and to wait until a CT scan to see if it is working, however, we have been there, and done that 3 times now. Seems like we would be used to it, but nope! Each time is just as scary as the first time.
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