Friday, March 13, 2009

Minimal Growth ... is still growth

Well, what had become fairly routine (for me) trips to the oncologist every 3-6 months gave us a bit more news than we were used to today. As you may know, while Heidi's primary tumor was removed in Oct of 2007, there was spread to the liver of over 20 lesions. 4 of those are essentially measurable in terms of 1.5 x 2.0 cm each. These 4 lesions (tumors) have shown some growth with the results of the last CT scan (1-2 mm on each measure). This is the progression of the disease and while a bit disconcerting is not the end of the world. It does cause us to consider next steps like starting what is called Sandostatin Long Acting Release (LAR) which are monthly shots that Heidi would get to attempt to slow any progression of the cancer. There have recently been studies out of Germany which have clinically shown this to be the case. The hard part is that there has also be some evidence that over time the effectivness of this drug can diminish. So we don't want to start it too early. Which begs the question, is this the right time. We will do some more tests to see if there are chemical markers on the rise along with the tumor growth to help us with the decision.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Is it March already?

Yes it is March and the weather is starting to turn. I would say for the better but we have been so focused on skiing this winter at the local hill that we don't want it to end. The bulbs we planted in the fall are starting to poke up through the mulch.

Heidi has recovered nearly fully from the January surgery but it was longer than expected. She is now back on the bike and treadmill as we focus on August 1-2 and the Pan Mass Challenge. I slipped a 20 mile ride in last Saturday evening as the temps reached around 66 degrees. It felt great.

We have sent out the letters for support for the PMC ride and have set a target of $10,000. I am confident that we will reach the target and drive more and better research for a cure for Carcinoid Cancer. Here is the link to donate to the cause.

Michael & Heidi's Info

What is going on in our lives and occassional updates on Heidi's fight with Carcinoid Cancer.