Well yesterday I went to the Cleveland Clinic and was told that I only have one small 3cm tumor on my spine by the shoulder blades. Bad news: a lecsion appears there and it may be possible that it ate through the spine. Well after hearing this, I became sick in the consulatation room and dropped to the floor - instantly sweating and nearly blacked out. Oncologist said 40-50 % cure rate. My local oncologist disagrees with the Clevleand oncologist. First he says the doctor up there had no business to get us worked up as he thinks that yes there is a tumor on the spine but doesn't think it has ate throught it. Thinks that the nerves in the back near the tumor are causing the discomfort between the shoulder blades. Says we must start TIP chemo immediately and he will contact either Einhert or his assistant at Indiana and present my case. Says i will need a bone marrow transplant regardless in the future and would recommend Indiana as the place to do it. He says 40-50% cure rate for the TIP chemo, 40-50% cure rate for the bone marrow transplant.
My question is that how much do you guys think I will fare? THe doctors say i'm young and healthy in every other respect. My markers normalized after the third cycle of EP. My afp last week was 102, BHCG <2. Tomorrow I go to the hospital at 10am to have surgery for a port, bone scan, and begin the Taxol. Do you guys think I may have a good chance of beating this? I'm so scared.