Sherryl and Richard met with Nancy today as well as with Sherryl's oncologist. The PET scan shows the cancer has progressively worsened, cancer cells are significantly active in numerous areas, and there is new disease present. Active cancer cells were found in the skeletal system, specifically in the pelvis, hip, thoracic spine, right rib, pubic bone, and right leg.
The new treatment plan will be as follows:
There is also a lesion on the liver, but it is not positive for cancer. The radioactive dye, injected for the purpose of the PET scan, was not drawn to the area which indicates no cancer cells are present. This lesion was compared to one that appeared under Sherryl's arm several months ago but did not appear in a subsequent imaging test.
Sherryl has been experiencing some pain and muscles tightening in her back. She was recalling that the news she heard today was very different than the news she heard following her PET scan in July. Those results indicated only L1 was resistant to treatment, so 2 weeks of radiation treatment was prescribed. And it was in July when she heard that her bones were getting "better and stronger."
After hearing the news today, Sherryl looked at her doctor and Nancy and asked, "So is this it?"
"Absolutely not!" Both jumped to ensure Sherryl that this is only her third treatment plan, and that there are other patients who are on their eighth and ninth plans. She was reassured that there are many, many treatment options and they will continue to evaluate what Sherryl needs on a weekly basis. Each treatment plan is continued until it stops working at which time all factors are reevaluated, then changes are made accordingly.
Sherryl is disappointed the news is not good, but she is relieved to know the results as it's sometimes more difficult to not know and have to wait. When she got home today, Sherryl made a couple of calls, went back out to the grocery store, then came home again to rest. She has not shed any tears today, but she knows they will probably come at some point. Because even in her incomparable resilience, sometimes there are tears.