Hi all . . . Jeff here. Well, we hit our first major roadblock today. We met with Dr. Legha, bags in hand hoping that we'd be going to the hospital. Unfortunately, he told us the CT scans showed no significant shrinkage since the last set of scans. My blood counts were low as well, so we wouldn't have been starting treatment even if the CT scans had come back the way we hoped.
So what's that mean? The first thing we're going to do is have a PET scan tomorrow. Dr. Legha ordered one as a way to verify the results of the CT scan. Maybe the PET scan will show that there has indeed been shrinkage. I'll also do some blood tests on Friday so that, in the event that the PET scan does show shrinkage, I could begin the next round of treatment as soon as possible.
If the PET scan confirms the results of the CT scan, then it sounds like I'll be heading back to Milwaukee early. Dr. Legha said we would probably take a break from treatment for 3 - 6 months and then re-evaluate the tumors to see how they're behaving. He has a few drugs up his sleeve as a secondary form of treatment that we could use if necessary. I don't know much about them, though.
We don't know why things have turned out this way but they have and now we'll deal with it. In the meantime, pray that the tumors do not grow and even shrink. That would be the real miracle!