Monday, December 7, 2009

A Fairly Good Report

Today we made our way up to UCLA through the wind and the rain that has arrived in southern California. After Michael had his blood drawn, we met with his oncologist. He told us that unfortunately the radiology report compared May's CT scan to this month's scan, and that's not what he was looking for. He wanted to compare this month's scans to August's scans, but UCLA did not have those on hand. He asked that we return to Hoag and get a copy of the original films so that his radiologist can do a new report. Michael will take care of that tomorrow.

But, he said that he can see that Michael is deriving a "clinical benefit" from the Sutent. In other words, it is obvious that he is better off now than he was prior to taking the Sutent. However, he told us that the sores on Michael's head are RCC mets. If the Sutent doesn't get them under control, then Michael may have to have some targeted radiation therapy for them.

The doctor also said that it was much too premature for Michael to return to work, and he wouldn't speculate as to when Michael might be well enough to do so.

The bloodwork ruled out the possibility that Michael has pancreatitis, so he will start this cycle of Sutent tonight. That is very good news. It is likely that Michael's stomach aches are from all the coughing instead. We all had a good chuckle when Michael tried to tell the doctor that his stomach feels "funky". Dr. K good-naturedly told Michael that "funky" was not a medical term, and that he was going to have to elaborate on that. We feel so fortunate - so blessed - to have Dr. K. as our oncologist. He shows Michael genuine care and concern, and he affectionately rubbed his back and his shoulders while Michael had a little coughing fit. He also had a medical student with him today, and he seems to be as good with his students as he is with his patients.

So, we'll wait until later this week or sometime next week for more information about the results of the CT scan, but I'm not expecting any great surprises.


AprilMay said...

Dr. K truly sounds like a blessing! I am so glad you have him on your side and I am happy to hear that things went fairly well today!

Sandra said...

Funky is not a medical term??? Who knew ;-) Glad to hear things went fairly well.

On a different note, I love the song you have playing. One of my faves!

MomMom said...

Thankful things went "fairly well." Hoping the next report is a really good one.

Tamara said...

Mixed blessings are still blessings, indeed! Hugs to you, Johanna and to Michael, too.

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Good to hear. Better than bad news. It sounds like you have a really good doctor.
Hope you both are able to find some true rest together over the next few weeks.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Well...a fair report is always to be preferred to a bad report...but I'm praying for a GREAT report!!!!! A wonderful Christmas gift for you both from God!!!! Glad you have such a great doctor, though...that makes all the difference...Love you! Janine XO

mekate said...

Oh Joannah,
I am so glad Michael is in such good hands with Dr. K. Thinking of you and wishing for come good news when the films are compared, and a nice time off for you soon.
with love,

Marla said...

So glad that the tests, although not perfect, were better! Loving and praying for both of you - Happy Birthday Michael! Hope you have a good day-Love, Marla

Elaine said...

Thanks for the update! Praying for good results. Tis the season for miracles :)


Sniffles and Smiles said...

Dearest Joannah,
Just checking in to see how you are doing...and sending you love!! I'm thinking that your Christmas break must be just around the corner! Hope you and Michael will have delightful days together! Love you! Janine XO

Jacci said...

Dear Joannah,

Thank you so much for visiting our little blog today, and for so thoughtfully leaving a comment for us :) It is always so nice to meet a new reader.

Good doctors are such amazing gifts from the Lord. I've read through a few of your posts, and I took a moment to pray for Michael and lift him up before the throne of grace.

May the Lord continue to bless you both with riches that cannot rust or tarnish,