Re: [MOL] Urgent Query re Stage IV Adenocarcinoma Treatment [01256] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL] Urgent Query re Stage IV Adenocarcinoma Treatment



Dear Bess:

This is obviously, a very personal decision.  Not to compare your husband to
me, I am stage IV breast ca with mets to lungs, bones and the area around my
abdomen.  I am  doing pretty well.  My mother always taught me that if you
have to do something, what she wanted from me is to try as hard as I can.  I
feel that  living certainly falls in that category of something I have to,
and want to do.  But I certainly would have to respect anyone else's opinion
too.
Just for your information, my oncologist is a super doctor and a heck of a
nice person.  Her name is Dr. Nancy Sklarin and her phone #is 212-639-5488.
She works at Sloan.

Love, hugs and prayers to you and your husband,

Martha

-----Original Message-----
From: BesTom@AOL.COM <BesTom@AOL.COM>
To: mol-cancer@lists.meds.com <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 1999 6:47 AM
Subject: [MOL] Urgent Query re Stage IV Adenocarcinoma Treatment


>I'm a medical writer and my husband is a TV producer, a 62-year old
charming
>Japanese TV producer whom I love very much and would like to spend some
more
>time with.
> .  Out of left field last week, it was discovered his plueral cavity was
>filled with over a quart of fluid and there were "innumerable metastatic
>densities" in both lungs.  We saw someone  in pulmonary at Sloan Kettering
>and the preliminary diagnosis was Stage IV Adenocarcinoma.  Yesterday they
>did scans of every inch of his body including bone scans and blood work.
As
>of tonight, the abdomen, blood, and bone scan were normal.  Don't know
about
>the head, etc. till tomorrow.  This may turn out to be nonspecific.  My
>instinct is this is very grim and he could have very little time left.
>Obviously an oncologist will have to handle this case and we'd like to get
>several opinions.  Most of all I'd like to know if a strong round of
>chemo/radiation in any combination holds the hope of prolonging his life
for
>any reasonable length of time or just making him sicker till he finally
gives
>out.  Also if any new protocols might be relevant?  I was the health proxy
>for my sister-in-law who died a few years ago at age 45 of uterine leiyomyo
>sarcoma.  She saw three top specialists and was given three radically
>different treatment plans.  She refused all chemo and died 9 months later
>with beauty and dignity.
>    Reading some consumer comments on line is quite scary.  I know it's my
>husband's decision but I hate to see him suffer.  Any suggestions,
contacts,
>or leads would be greatly appreciated.  Many many thanks.  Bess
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