hopie wrote:so mom got her first mri after 4 rounds of chemo (folfox, 3 with avastin).
in her pet scan before chemo, she had 4 liver lesions. now i think she has 3? (no mention in the report about a 4th one)
one has shrunk, one stable, one slightly larger, but the increase is in line with treatment related necrosis.
...she said these reports don’t mean anything good or bad, just that they help us choose drugs.
rp1954 wrote:The oncologist seems to assume she owns your mom, in the chemo trap. I got tired of that in one month of oncology interviews. We don't like parochial answers, and we're gone.
O Stoma Mia wrote:I have a somewhat technical question about your mother's MRI sessions:
Do you know if she has been faithfully following the MRI instructions during her sessions -- i.e. the instructions to not move around during the scan session, and the instructions to hold her breath continuously for the required time, and then to let out her breath completely at the proper time and to breathe normally after that?
The potential problem is this: She needs to be very calm, motionless, and to follow the instructions exactly, otherwise the MRI images will be too fuzzy and too unclear for the radiologist to interpret accurately, and the images from one MRI session may not be comparable to those of another session.
Milk Tea wrote: Thats good but they are busy and have many patients to review on a daily basis. In the mean time, i will ask for referral or self refer and make my own appointment with that liver surgeon for a surgical consult.
In our case, because we consulted with a liver surgeon early, liver surgeon wanted to do surgery after 6 cycles of chemo ( so liver is not too damaged by chemo) instead of the original 12 cycles our oncologist planned.
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