Well, I think the Dr. was more grim about things than I took it to be. Perhaps because I was preparing for worst case. The CT scan confirmed the cancer has spread again. Lymph nodes in her neck (we knew that) and one in her aortic abdomen (we didn’t know). Of course you ask, ‘so in terms of prognosis, what does this mean?’ “When it spreads, its a game changer…” Well, you don’t want to hear that, but then again, it already had spread to her pancreas from before. So its bad, but it was not a surprise.
Can she recover? The Dr. gave an unequivocal “I don’t know”
One thing we do know is that it is possible. From the duodenal cancer group, we know of a few people that are Kathleen’s age and condition who beat this, so its not impossible. Just don’t know how probable.
Originally she was supposed to start next week with the chemo cocktail, but we asked if we could start today. So she did. Day One today. Literally the big fight now. We are really happy Kath started today as we feel we are at least doing something and not giving up.
update: The drugs Kathleen is taking is a combo of 3 called Folfox. In a couple of months, the chemo Dr. will re-assess and perhaps we could look at Avastin.