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….no surgery

The PET scan indicated that all areas responded to radiation and chemo . . . nodules smaller, activity lessened, etc. so the treatment is working. There is still a lymph node between the lungs showing some activity and because there are small nodules in the lower lobe and two larger nodules in the upper lobe the entire lung would have to be removed surgically . . . and there is no guarantee they would be able to remove all traces because they would have to be looking at all the lymph nodes as well . . . oncologist and radiologist recommending one more cycle of chemo and 8-10 additional days of radiation targeting the now smaller area. After chemo there is targeted therapy for this particular type of cancer. Not sure what that will involve since I have not spoken with the oncologist yet – but treatment begins again next week.

Well, here we go. It’s been nice having this break and I am hoping that I’ll be feeling okay for Christmas. My hair is even thinner – think Larry King. Actually pretty funny looking. Glad I found a couple of knit caps that are more comfortable than the wigs!


  1. Koka

    Good news and still unknowns. You’re hanging in there like a trooper. We love you!

  2. Nancy Thomason

    Glad you got a little break. And the good news, that the therapy IS working. Let us know when you know what the “targeted therapy” is…..that also sounds encouraging. I say, wear warm, cuddly soft hats and don’t worry about wigs.
    Love you bunches. Xox

  3. Suzy Thomason Richman

    THANKS for this new update, Lisa– and yes, VERY good news indeed that the chemo / radiation so far is definitely working to shrink those nodules, etc. Hope this coming week is another good rest… and then back to the ‘fray’– with even more hope that all is working as it should.

    And I second that idea of the ‘warm cuddly soft hats’ over wigs, too– and perfect time of year for that, too ;-).

    Lots of love, lots of prayer for continuing courage, good humor whenever possible ;-), persistence, and of course full *healing up* in all ways.


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