This morning, I met with the neuorsurgeon to discuss my on-going dizziness / imbalance issues. During the office visit / exam, he did not seem overly-concerned, explaining (which I already knew) that it could be the result of swelling caused by the brain radiation.
He tends to err on the side of caution (a good thing, I've come to understand and appreciate), so he ordered a CT scan of my brain.
Naturally, the CT scan showed some hydrocephaly (to be expected), and I was told an MRI would be 'more conclusive (duh - why didn't he just order that instead?!), BUT that it wasn't something that needed to be done ASAP, or before next week.
I reiterated that I'd be getting the PET scan results Monday afternoon from the oncologist, and from what I've gathered, those are more informative this close post-rad than either CT OR MRI, so . . .more wait and see. The fact that he didn't want me to go to the ER, or do something NOW, I'll take as a positive sign.
Also, MD Anderson wants to see me next Friday morning. This will be my 1st appointment / consult, so I am nervous
. Yet I'm also relieved / thankful to actually have an appointment with them. They're a 5-hour drive away, AND, more importantly, I've heard great things about them, their approach, and treatment options. Fingers crossed & here's hoping (always!)
42 yr. old female
Rectal cancer Stage 3C T3 N1 M0 - Sept 2015
28 rounds radiation w/Xeloda - Nov - Dec 2015
2/17/16 - Surgery to remove rectal tumor, lymph nodes (2/20+), ovaries & fallopian tubes, temp. ileostomy
3/28/16 - 9/26/16 -12 rounds FOLFOX w/full oxi
Ileo reversal 10/27/16; Port removed 12/1/16
Lung mets confirmed 2/6/17
March-May 2017 - brain mets; brain rad. 5/9-5/29/17