January 26th 07: Sharp pain on left side under rib cage
February 07: Slight amount of blood in phlegm, non-stop cough
June 07: Emergency room, chest x-ray indicates pleural effusion
July 07: Start taking IP-6 with Inositol and Essiac tea daily
Aug 31st 07: Drs. preformed thoracentesis , 2.5 liters of fluid drained from left lung, tests inconclusive
Sept 10th 07: Drs. recommend pleurodesis, went to thoracic surgeon to discuss.
Sept.30th 07: Decide to obtain 2nd opinion.
Oct. 1st 07: See pulmonologist who recommends cat scan.
Oct 12th 07: Take Cat Scan
Oct 14th 07: Lost Voice
Oct 15th 07: Cat Scan results are 12x12x8 cm. mass in left lung (baseball size). Dr. refers me to lung cancer specialist.
Oct 17th 07: Specialist orders MRI and Pet Scan.
Oct 18th 07: MRI results are clear, pet scan shows activity in left lung.
Oct 23rd 07: Bronchoscopy ordered for biopsy.
Oct 25th: 07 Results are SCLC limited. Pulmonologist recommends Oncologist.
Oct 29th 07: Oncologist explains disease and am told 25% chance of cure. Told to go to hospital immediately to start 1st round of chemo. Put on 6 rounds of cisplatin and etoposide. Dr. has no problems with the IP-6 and Essiac Tea that I am taking.
Nov 19th 07: Met with radiation Oncologist. Went through mapping cat scan and scan shows improvement after only 2 cycles of chemo.
Nov 27th 07:Radiation started for 28 treatments.
Jan 08: Radiation completed, 4th cycle of chemo completed. Ask for a follow-up cat scan, results show significant improvement.
Feb 15th 08: Chemo completed.
Feb 27th 08: Went to voice specialist. Injected the left vocal chord with fluid. Able to talk for only 2 days.
March 28th 08: Cat Scan, MRI and Pet Scan. Results show no activity and leans towards remission. Voice is coming back on its own.
April 5th 08: Begin 18 rounds PCI brain radiation treatments.
May 1st 08: Completed PCI treatments.
June 25th 08: Cat Scan: Still in remission
Sept 18th 08: Cat Scan: Still in remission
Jan 8th 09: Cat Scan Chest Looks fine- Cat Scan Head shows small spots.
Jan 9th 09: Talk to Radiation Onc, have MRI in preparation for Gamma Knife
Jan 12th 09: See Neurosurgeon, MRI shows 6 Small spots, Gamma knife scheduled for the 16th
Jan 16th 09: Had Gamma Knife performed on 6 small spots on the brain. Initial results are good.
April 7th 09: Cat Scan for chest, abdomen and pelvis.
April 8th 09: Meet with Oncologist, results "look great". Next scan in 6 months.
April 9th 09: MRI for Brain.
April 16th 09: MRI results are very encouraging. Of the 6 mets found in January, 1 is gone and the other 5 are 50-75% smaller (from olive size to pea size as the Dr. put it).
July 8th 09: Meet with Oncologist, blood work fine. Next scan in 3 months.
July 17th 09: MRI for Brain Mets: Results are mixed with 3 new ones found (note two of the three new ones were also on the Jan12th MRI, they just did not label them as tumors at that time). Most of the original tumors have shrunk and the rest are stable.
July 21st 09: Had Gamma Knife performed on the additional 3 small spots on the brain.
Oct. 5th 09: 6 Month Chest Cat Scan
Oct. 6th 09: Cat Scan Results: No Change
Oct. 8th 09: MRI for brain mets: Some gone some smaller and a few slightly larger.
Jan 12th 10: MRI for brain mets, definite increase in size. Not sure if its swelling or tumor growth. Perscribed Temodar and deximethasone.
March 12th 10: MRI for brain mets, decrease in size from 20 to 50%. Dr. very happy as we are.
April 13th 10: Cat Scan
April 15th 10: Results are NED!!