Thursday, July 23, 2009

CyberKnife Checkup Results

The CyberKnife checkup went really well.

We ran through all my side effects (which were minimal) and talked about how the pain from my hip and lower back is Gone Gone Gone! The pain actually went away after the second CyberKnife treatment.

We also talked about the decision to have CyberKnife versus traditional surgery, and I am so happy we went with CyberKnife.

So much has happened since the last time I talked to Dr Morris, so I also updated him on the switch to Duke's sarcoma specialty center and the decision to go with chemo and to forgo the lung surgery. I realized, as I was explaining things, that I am 100% behind the decision to go with chemo. I still wish I could have had the lung surgery, but my regret is not nearly as sharp as it used to be.

I will receive all my monitoring at Duke, and Dr Morris does not need to get a copy of my results unless it is bad news, which makes sense. Plus, I am totally free to continue calling him with any radiation questions which is good.

I asked for a list of things to watch out for. I got a short list. The first item was if the hip pain comes back, that could be a sign that the tumor is growing. Makes so much sense! Then there were some symptoms that are sort of gross and I won't mention here that could indicate radiation side effects. So this was a really excellent checkup.

The checkup also gave me an opportunity to say goodbye to UNC. I got a lot of good care there.


omerandpat said...

Great News!
Hurray for Karen!
Love ya,

Anonymous said...

Karen - sorry I do not comment often, but I pray for you daily and am in awe of the power of you. Good wishes from Washington state. Hugs, Donna Larsen
p.s. I will now think of you when I eat the most incredible Rainier cherries we've had in a long time. The fruit this year has been awesome!

susan said...

just thinking of you and stopping by to say "hi" :)


ssouthflorida said...

Karen My comments will be on Accuray's CyberKnife. While I don't own the stock, the CyberKnife was my treatment of choice for Stage 1B-2A lung cancer this past July. In only 5 40-minute treatments, and no accompanying chemo, the tumors were destroyed; as confirmed by a CT Scan in September. I'm witness that this stuff works, period. I will be buying the stock at some point as IMO, it is quite under valued. Varian however, is a good company with good products...I think however it's a tad overpriced and would consider owning if there were a substantial correction in share price.source florida radiation oncology