OT - Latest Health Report - A little bump in my road.

OT - Latest Health Report - A little bump in my road.

Post by Rita L in M » Sun, 16 Aug 2009 04:10:11



Hi,

As promised to many of you, here is the all-about-rita report for this
month.  This morning I had a appointment with my oncologist - partly to
receive my regular treatment and partly to get the results of the CT
scan and MRI that I had on Monday.

The good news is that my brain still looks the way it did at the first
MRI.  Given that they reported finding "nothing" at that time, one has
to wonder.  Whatever!

The somewhat disappointing news is that the tumor in my left lung has
enlarged a bit since the last CT scan.  It is still quite a bit smaller
than it was last November when all of this began, but it is growing.
There is also a lesser amount of clarity in my right lung than there was
at the last  scan.

This, the recurrence of some mild symptoms, and the evidence of slight
protein depletion indicate that the Avastin that we were counting on is
not working as well as we had hoped.  While this sounds bad, it is not
horrible.  There are other ***!  I did get an Avastin treatment today
and will probably get another one in three weeks.  It will take some
time for Doctor D. to get an insurance approval for a drug called
Tarceva that I will switch to at some point in the next month or so.
She did meet with the doctors at Mass. General who are monitoring my
case and they all agree that this is the next step.  They also have some
more tricks up their sleeves for later.

So, not great news but not devastating either.  I'm O.K. with that!

Thanks for caring,

Rita

--
Rita L. in MA - <One eyed> Mutant Ninja Quilter :-)

 
 
 

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Post by Patt » Sun, 16 Aug 2009 04:24:10


Oh, that is disappointing news for you.  It is wonderful that the
doctors still have 'things' they want to try.  Let's hope the next
report is as good as the one before this was.
Perhaps the drug switch will be just what you need.  Sincerely hope so.
Take care.
.


Quote:
>Hi,

>As promised to many of you, here is the all-about-rita report for this
>month.  This morning I had a appointment with my oncologist - partly to
>receive my regular treatment and partly to get the results of the CT
>scan and MRI that I had on Monday.

>The good news is that my brain still looks the way it did at the first
>MRI.  Given that they reported finding "nothing" at that time, one has
>to wonder.  Whatever!

>The somewhat disappointing news is that the tumor in my left lung has
>enlarged a bit since the last CT scan.  It is still quite a bit smaller
>than it was last November when all of this began, but it is growing.
>There is also a lesser amount of clarity in my right lung than there was
>at the last  scan.

>This, the recurrence of some mild symptoms, and the evidence of slight
>protein depletion indicate that the Avastin that we were counting on is
>not working as well as we had hoped.  While this sounds bad, it is not
>horrible.  There are other ***!  I did get an Avastin treatment today
>and will probably get another one in three weeks.  It will take some
>time for Doctor D. to get an insurance approval for a drug called
>Tarceva that I will switch to at some point in the next month or so.
>She did meet with the doctors at Mass. General who are monitoring my
>case and they all agree that this is the next step.  They also have some
>more tricks up their sleeves for later.

>So, not great news but not devastating either.  I'm O.K. with that!

>Thanks for caring,

>Rita

--
Best Regards
pat on the hill

 
 
 

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Post by Leslie& The Furbabies in MO » Sun, 16 Aug 2009 08:55:34


Hang tough, Rita.  Attitude is everything.  You CAN beat this crap!

Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.



Quote:
> Hi,

> As promised to many of you, here is the all-about-rita report for this
> month.  This morning I had a appointment with my oncologist - partly to
> receive my regular treatment and partly to get the results of the CT
> scan and MRI that I had on Monday.

> The good news is that my brain still looks the way it did at the first
> MRI.  Given that they reported finding "nothing" at that time, one has
> to wonder.  Whatever!

> The somewhat disappointing news is that the tumor in my left lung has
> enlarged a bit since the last CT scan.  It is still quite a bit smaller
> than it was last November when all of this began, but it is growing.
> There is also a lesser amount of clarity in my right lung than there was
> at the last  scan.

> This, the recurrence of some mild symptoms, and the evidence of slight
> protein depletion indicate that the Avastin that we were counting on is
> not working as well as we had hoped.  While this sounds bad, it is not
> horrible.  There are other ***!  I did get an Avastin treatment today
> and will probably get another one in three weeks.  It will take some
> time for Doctor D. to get an insurance approval for a drug called
> Tarceva that I will switch to at some point in the next month or so.
> She did meet with the doctors at Mass. General who are monitoring my
> case and they all agree that this is the next step.  They also have some
> more tricks up their sleeves for later.

> So, not great news but not devastating either.  I'm O.K. with that!

> Thanks for caring,

> Rita

> --
> Rita L. in MA - <One eyed> Mutant Ninja Quilter :-)

 
 
 

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Post by Sand » Sun, 16 Aug 2009 09:47:00



Quote:

> Oh, that is disappointing news for you.  It is wonderful that the
> doctors still have 'things' they want to try.  Let's hope the next
> report is as good as the one before this was.
> Perhaps the drug switch will be just what you need.  Sincerely hope so.
> Take care.
> .


> >Hi,

> >As promised to many of you, here is the all-about-rita report for this
> >month.  This morning I had a appointment with my oncologist - partly to
> >receive my regular treatment and partly to get the results of the CT
> >scan and MRI that I had on Monday.

Piggybacking here. Rita, I'm so sorry the news wasn't better, but I'm
hoping it will soon be! It's terrific that the doctors do have other
things up their sleeves and have a plan of attack already plotted out.

--
Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
sw.foster1 (at) gmail (dot) com (remove/change the obvious)
http://www.sandymike.net

 
 
 

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Post by Michelle C » Sun, 16 Aug 2009 09:56:16



Quote:
> Hi,

> As promised to many of you, here is the all-about-rita report for this
> month.  This morning I had a appointment with my oncologist - partly to
> receive my regular treatment and partly to get the results of the CT
> scan and MRI that I had on Monday.

> The good news is that my brain still looks the way it did at the first
> MRI.  Given that they reported finding "nothing" at that time, one has
> to wonder.  Whatever!

> The somewhat disappointing news is that the tumor in my left lung has
> enlarged a bit since the last CT scan.  It is still quite a bit smaller
> than it was last November when all of this began, but it is growing.
> There is also a lesser amount of clarity in my right lung than there was
> at the last  scan.

> This, the recurrence of some mild symptoms, and the evidence of slight
> protein depletion indicate that the Avastin that we were counting on is
> not working as well as we had hoped.  While this sounds bad, it is not
> horrible.  There are other ***!  I did get an Avastin treatment today
> and will probably get another one in three weeks.  It will take some
> time for Doctor D. to get an insurance approval for a drug called
> Tarceva that I will switch to at some point in the next month or so.
> She did meet with the doctors at Mass. General who are monitoring my
> case and they all agree that this is the next step.  They also have some
> more tricks up their sleeves for later.

> So, not great news but not devastating either.  I'm O.K. with that!

> Thanks for caring,

> Rita

Hi Rita,

I'm glad there are other options upcoming, and hope they will do a
better job than the Avastin.

It is good news that your brain hasn't experienced any changes!

Keeping you in my thoughts,
Michelle in Nevada

 
 
 

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Post by Louise in Iow » Sun, 16 Aug 2009 11:38:20


Glad to hear you're maintaining a positive attitude, Rita! Wishing you all
the best as your treatment continues.
--
Louise in Iowa

http://www.FoundCollection.com/



Quote:
> Hi,

> As promised to many of you, here is the all-about-rita report for this
> month.  This morning I had a appointment with my oncologist - partly to
> receive my regular treatment and partly to get the results of the CT
> scan and MRI that I had on Monday.

> The good news is that my brain still looks the way it did at the first
> MRI.  Given that they reported finding "nothing" at that time, one has
> to wonder.  Whatever!

> The somewhat disappointing news is that the tumor in my left lung has
> enlarged a bit since the last CT scan.  It is still quite a bit smaller
> than it was last November when all of this began, but it is growing.
> There is also a lesser amount of clarity in my right lung than there was
> at the last  scan.

> This, the recurrence of some mild symptoms, and the evidence of slight
> protein depletion indicate that the Avastin that we were counting on is
> not working as well as we had hoped.  While this sounds bad, it is not
> horrible.  There are other ***!  I did get an Avastin treatment today
> and will probably get another one in three weeks.  It will take some
> time for Doctor D. to get an insurance approval for a drug called
> Tarceva that I will switch to at some point in the next month or so.
> She did meet with the doctors at Mass. General who are monitoring my
> case and they all agree that this is the next step.  They also have some
> more tricks up their sleeves for later.

> So, not great news but not devastating either.  I'm O.K. with that!

> Thanks for caring,

> Rita

> --
> Rita L. in MA - <One eyed> Mutant Ninja Quilter :-)

 
 
 

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Post by Polly Esthe » Sun, 16 Aug 2009 12:23:51


Thank you, Rita, for giving us an update - we care and want to know how it's
going - and GO it will.  So very glad you have such a strong spirit and fine
doctors.  Holding you close always.  Polly



Quote:
> Glad to hear you're maintaining a positive attitude, Rita! Wishing you all
> the best as your treatment continues.
> --
> Louise in Iowa

> http://www.FoundCollection.com/



>> Hi,

>> As promised to many of you, here is the all-about-rita report for this
>> month.  This morning I had a appointment with my oncologist - partly to
>> receive my regular treatment and partly to get the results of the CT
>> scan and MRI that I had on Monday.

>> The good news is that my brain still looks the way it did at the first
>> MRI.  Given that they reported finding "nothing" at that time, one has
>> to wonder.  Whatever!

>> The somewhat disappointing news is that the tumor in my left lung has
>> enlarged a bit since the last CT scan.  It is still quite a bit smaller
>> than it was last November when all of this began, but it is growing.
>> There is also a lesser amount of clarity in my right lung than there was
>> at the last  scan.

>> This, the recurrence of some mild symptoms, and the evidence of slight
>> protein depletion indicate that the Avastin that we were counting on is
>> not working as well as we had hoped.  While this sounds bad, it is not
>> horrible.  There are other ***!  I did get an Avastin treatment today
>> and will probably get another one in three weeks.  It will take some
>> time for Doctor D. to get an insurance approval for a drug called
>> Tarceva that I will switch to at some point in the next month or so.
>> She did meet with the doctors at Mass. General who are monitoring my
>> case and they all agree that this is the next step.  They also have some
>> more tricks up their sleeves for later.

>> So, not great news but not devastating either.  I'm O.K. with that!

>> Thanks for caring,

>> Rita

>> --
>> Rita L. in MA - <One eyed> Mutant Ninja Quilter :-)

 
 
 

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Post by was rabbit » Sun, 16 Aug 2009 12:31:03


Ah, Rita! It's so good that you can hear both "parts" of the news, and
that there are more arrows in their quiver. I pray that some will
reach their target. Hang in there, and keep us posted.

--Heidi

http://www.FoundCollection.com/


Quote:
> Hi,

> As promised to many of you, here is the all-about-rita report for this
> month. ?This morning I had a appointment with my oncologist - partly to
> receive my regular treatment and partly to get the results of the CT
> scan and MRI that I had on Monday.

> The good news is that my brain still looks the way it did at the first
> MRI. ?Given that they reported finding "nothing" at that time, one has
> to wonder. ?Whatever!

> The somewhat disappointing news is that the tumor in my left lung has
> enlarged a bit since the last CT scan. ?It is still quite a bit smaller
> than it was last November when all of this began, but it is growing.
> There is also a lesser amount of clarity in my right lung than there was
> at the last ?scan.

> This, the recurrence of some mild symptoms, and the evidence of slight
> protein depletion indicate that the Avastin that we were counting on is
> not working as well as we had hoped. ?While this sounds bad, it is not
> horrible. ?There are other ***! ?I did get an Avastin treatment today
> and will probably get another one in three weeks. ?It will take some
> time for Doctor D. to get an insurance approval for a drug called
> Tarceva that I will switch to at some point in the next month or so.
> She did meet with the doctors at Mass. General who are monitoring my
> case and they all agree that this is the next step. ?They also have some
> more tricks up their sleeves for later.

> So, not great news but not devastating either. ?I'm O.K. with that!

> Thanks for caring,

> Rita

> --
> Rita L. in MA - <One eyed> Mutant Ninja Quilter :-)

 
 
 

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Post by Pat in Virgini » Mon, 17 Aug 2009 01:25:31


While I don't like the disappointing news, I do like the 'more options'
news, and I really like that you are keeping up your humor and positive
spirit.
Hugs, PAT



Quote:
> Hi,

> As promised to many of you, here is the all-about-rita report for this
> month.  This morning I had a appointment with my oncologist - partly to
> receive my regular treatment and partly to get the results of the CT
> scan and MRI that I had on Monday.

> The good news is that my brain still looks the way it did at the first
> MRI.  Given that they reported finding "nothing" at that time, one has
> to wonder.  Whatever!

> The somewhat disappointing news is that the tumor in my left lung has
> enlarged a bit since the last CT scan.  It is still quite a bit smaller
> than it was last November when all of this began, but it is growing.
> There is also a lesser amount of clarity in my right lung than there was
> at the last  scan.

> This, the recurrence of some mild symptoms, and the evidence of slight
> protein depletion indicate that the Avastin that we were counting on is
> not working as well as we had hoped.  While this sounds bad, it is not
> horrible.  There are other ***!  I did get an Avastin treatment today
> and will probably get another one in three weeks.  It will take some
> time for Doctor D. to get an insurance approval for a drug called
> Tarceva that I will switch to at some point in the next month or so.
> She did meet with the doctors at Mass. General who are monitoring my
> case and they all agree that this is the next step.  They also have some
> more tricks up their sleeves for later.

> So, not great news but not devastating either.  I'm O.K. with that!

> Thanks for caring,

> Rita

> --
> Rita L. in MA - <One eyed> Mutant Ninja Quilter :-)

 
 
 

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Post by Joann » Mon, 17 Aug 2009 02:06:24


Prayers Rita. Hopefully things look up in the next few weeks.
Take Care
joanna


Quote:
> Hi,

> As promised to many of you, here is the all-about-rita report for this
> month.  This morning I had a appointment with my oncologist - partly to
> receive my regular treatment and partly to get the results of the CT
> scan and MRI that I had on Monday.

> The good news is that my brain still looks the way it did at the first
> MRI.  Given that they reported finding "nothing" at that time, one has
> to wonder.  Whatever!

> The somewhat disappointing news is that the tumor in my left lung has
> enlarged a bit since the last CT scan.  It is still quite a bit smaller
> than it was last November when all of this began, but it is growing.
> There is also a lesser amount of clarity in my right lung than there was
> at the last  scan.

> This, the recurrence of some mild symptoms, and the evidence of slight
> protein depletion indicate that the Avastin that we were counting on is
> not working as well as we had hoped.  While this sounds bad, it is not
> horrible.  There are other ***!  I did get an Avastin treatment today
> and will probably get another one in three weeks.  It will take some
> time for Doctor D. to get an insurance approval for a drug called
> Tarceva that I will switch to at some point in the next month or so.
> She did meet with the doctors at Mass. General who are monitoring my
> case and they all agree that this is the next step.  They also have some
> more tricks up their sleeves for later.

> So, not great news but not devastating either.  I'm O.K. with that!

> Thanks for caring,

> Rita

 
 
 

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Post by Bobbie Sews Mor » Tue, 18 Aug 2009 00:48:13


You continue to be in my prayers.
Barbara in SC
 
 
 

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Post by KimW » Tue, 18 Aug 2009 05:29:41


Rita, I'm keeping you in my prayers. I hope things turn around for you in a
positive way very soon.

Hugs,
Kim



Quote:
> Hi,

> As promised to many of you, here is the all-about-rita report for this
> month.  This morning I had a appointment with my oncologist - partly to
> receive my regular treatment and partly to get the results of the CT
> scan and MRI that I had on Monday.

> The good news is that my brain still looks the way it did at the first
> MRI.  Given that they reported finding "nothing" at that time, one has
> to wonder.  Whatever!

> The somewhat disappointing news is that the tumor in my left lung has
> enlarged a bit since the last CT scan.  It is still quite a bit smaller
> than it was last November when all of this began, but it is growing.
> There is also a lesser amount of clarity in my right lung than there was
> at the last  scan.

> This, the recurrence of some mild symptoms, and the evidence of slight
> protein depletion indicate that the Avastin that we were counting on is
> not working as well as we had hoped.  While this sounds bad, it is not
> horrible.  There are other ***!  I did get an Avastin treatment today
> and will probably get another one in three weeks.  It will take some
> time for Doctor D. to get an insurance approval for a drug called
> Tarceva that I will switch to at some point in the next month or so.
> She did meet with the doctors at Mass. General who are monitoring my
> case and they all agree that this is the next step.  They also have some
> more tricks up their sleeves for later.

> So, not great news but not devastating either.  I'm O.K. with that!

> Thanks for caring,

> Rita

> --
> Rita L. in MA - <One eyed> Mutant Ninja Quilter :-)

 
 
 

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Post by simpleseve » Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:27:18



Quote:
> Hi,

> As promised to many of you, here is the all-about-rita report for this
> month. ?This morning I had a appointment with my oncologist - partly to
> receive my regular treatment and partly to get the results of the CT
> scan and MRI that I had on Monday.

> The good news is that my brain still looks the way it did at the first
> MRI. ?Given that they reported finding "nothing" at that time, one has
> to wonder. ?Whatever!

> The somewhat disappointing news is that the tumor in my left lung has
> enlarged a bit since the last CT scan. ?It is still quite a bit smaller
> than it was last November when all of this began, but it is growing.
> There is also a lesser amount of clarity in my right lung than there was
> at the last ?scan.

> This, the recurrence of some mild symptoms, and the evidence of slight
> protein depletion indicate that the Avastin that we were counting on is
> not working as well as we had hoped. ?While this sounds bad, it is not
> horrible. ?There are other ***! ?I did get an Avastin treatment today
> and will probably get another one in three weeks. ?It will take some
> time for Doctor D. to get an insurance approval for a drug called
> Tarceva that I will switch to at some point in the next month or so.
> She did meet with the doctors at Mass. General who are monitoring my
> case and they all agree that this is the next step. ?They also have some
> more tricks up their sleeves for later.

> So, not great news but not devastating either. ?I'm O.K. with that!

> Thanks for caring,

> Rita

> --
> Rita L. in MA - <One eyed> Mutant Ninja Quilter :-)

Rita,
I'll keep you in my prayers and am sending positive thoughts your way.
Take care of yourself.
Launie, in Oregon