Update from Mary Alice

Routine check up with oncologist showed nothing remarkable but thankfully he wanted more assurance and order tumor marker blood tests and a CT scan. Both lab tests came back abnormal and the CT scan showed multiple lesions in my liver and something in the spleen. A subsequent PET scan confirmed and I was scheduled to meet with an Interventional Radiologist. He told us the absolute best treatment was the Y90 procedure where radioactive beads are delivered directly into the tumors through the hepatic artery. Following a liver biopsy to confirm this is a recurrence of ovarian cancer we did the necessary procedures to prepare for the first delivery.  We worked a trip in to MD Anderson for a second opinion and they concurred and also told us the tumors were very slow growing.
First beads delivered last Friday into the first lobe and I have to say I’ve had more fun, but what’s a gal to do? I’ll return to Radiologist on 10 September for blood work to determine how I’m tolerating the radiation (ironically, my liver function tests are perfectly normal which is a good thing). The second delivery to the other lobe will be 1-2 weeks after this visit.
I cannot be out in public for 3 days after each delivery due to the very high concentration of radiation; I even have to be careful around the dogs!  I’m just happy no one is waltzing around with a Geiger counter!


Next Mini-Reunion

Mark your calendars for next mini-reunion on September 14th at 6:30 p.m.  Most probable location is W.L. Goodman’s Office–please share your thoughts on alternate locations.

Format similar to what we’ve done in the past–bring a favorite snack/dish/dessert of yours to share with others and BYOB.  Soft drinks and mixes provided.