I had the normal follow-up testing & then met with Dr. Ettinger. We were to re-evalutate my situation & plan our next attack. It was an EMOTIONAL visit for Me & I was alone.
We initially talked about the number of treatments I had & then he said, “the question is do WE continue with chemo or stop?” I was stunned & asked WHY. He proceeded to tell me that NORMALLY my type of tumor does not respond well to any type of treatment. He said for reasons he can not explain medically, my tumor did respond to the treatment. He then said, “You are a lucky person.” They did not expect me to survive. (You could have knocked me over with a feather.) And because I was given chemo & radiation at the same time, they do not know which treatment affected it more. So now the question is do we do more chemo? He doesn’t want to give me more treatment than necessary, nor does he want me to have more issues, say a year from now. He is really struggling w/what to do & did ask my opinion. I told him my mind set was to do more chemo & keep going, so I can get this all behind me. With all I have been thru, I did not want to stop now.