Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Does a Tumor Hurt Before it Shrinks?

Remember the tumor in my psoas muscle? I have not mentioned it here for so long, we might all have forgotten about it.

Anyway, when I went for that checkup with Dr Morris, I was soooo pleased to report that there had been nary a twinge from that tumor since after the second day of fabulous CyberKnife treatment. I took a lot of comfort from that. I love the idea of the radiation kicking that tumor's behind.

Well, in the last couple of days, there have been a few twinges from my psoas muscle. It's not anything like I felt before (which was a burning, intense pain in my hip and lower back). What I have now are little twinges of discomfort, more like an awareness or a rumor of bad news.

So I surfed the web looking for anyone who says that a tumor might start hurting again just before the chemo makes it shrink. I found three little references to such a phenomenon! But those three references were buried amongst 170,000 general references about tumor pain; not exactly the overwhelming validation of my theory that I was hoping for.

I plan to ask Dr Reidel next week, when I see him, if the twinges could be an indication that the chemo is working.

I would love to think that the chemo is making trouble for that tumor.

I figure, that is a sort of lovely thing to think. Reassuring. Since it is such a lovely thing to think, I am just going to keep thinking it till Dr Reidel answers my question next week. Chances are, there is no answer to a question like that. The real answer will come when we do the next scan. Did the tumor shrink? Then by golly that discomfort might have been a precursor symptom to the shrinkage!

The next scan will occur after the next cycle of chemo is complete.

Hang in there; four weeks to go.


omerandpat said...

OK--We all (O&P and F&G) join you in your positive thinking.
Love ya,

Fran said...

Hi Kay, I finally got a google account and can leave you my own message. I needed P & O here to help me do this! ;-) Would you like another ginger bread cake?

Denise said...

I had a rare form of ovarian cancer. When I heard that I told my husband, "See I told you I'm unique." LOL Enjoyed your blog!

doanennc said...

Hey Karen, I just love reading this. I truly believe that when my sister had cancer, we ran it off with PMA. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.) So.... I'm doing my best to send you just as many positive thoughts,as I can, and you keep it up as well. Combined with all the positive energy from all over the country coming your way-- well, hopefully those twinges are the tumor high tailing it out of there. Keeping you in my Ts & Ps. Love ya.

Robyn said...


Wouldn't it be great to watch it writhing in pain...?!! OK, OK...a bit over the top and not very nice... Where is that kick butt Martian when you need him and his laser gun?!!

Have a great weekend!

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