(cross posted from Coffee and Chemo)
“Can the radiation make the tumors go away?” I asked, first to my oncologist, then the radiologist, then the head of radiology.
I was devastated by the discovery of brain mets. I could not accept that the brain mets would not go away.
“Sometimes the tumors shrink from radiation,” I was told, with reservation.
“But can they be totally destroyed?” I persisted.
“Rarely,” I was told, by caring doctors who did not want to give me false hope.
The main goal of the radiation was to stop the tumors from growing any further.
That was not good enough for me. I prayed every day, during my five minutes of radiation, for the radiation to completely destroy the tumors.
Well, the tumors might not be 100% gone, but they have certainly lost some of their power!
We have not yet received the written report, but the images look a lot cleaner! We only saw one or two “shadows,” only one of which is still a remnant of a tumor, according to my doctor’s analysis (though he is the first to acknowlege that he is not a radiologist).
My doctor, upon reading the report, sent me the following message right away:
got the report of your MRI and the improvement we thought we saw is REAL.
This does not mean that I am done with brain mets. Like the bone mets, brain mets never goes away. Still, I doubt anyone expected such good results.
Thank you all so much for your prayers!! God is listening!!
I cannot think of a better way to start the new year!*
*Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish new year, is this Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday