I have most of my cancer shrinking, but some growing.

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I have most of my cancer shrinking, but some growing.

by my4jewels on Fri Jul 25, 2014 06:03 PM

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I have advanced cancer of unknown primary throughout the lymph nodes in my left neck and axillary.  I have had 4 out of 6 chemo treatments of carbo/taxol.  My latest CT scan showed that my cancer has had a significant response and is near resolution, except for one problem. I have one visible node on the left side of my neck that is growing, apparently unresponsive to my chemo, while all of the others are shrinking.

This lump has shown up as a solid mass on both of my CT scans, one in April at the start of my treatment, one in June to determine how my chemo working 1/2 way through.

I had an ultrasound today, and the radiologist said that they could only see the mass on the surface, and that there may be more going on underneath.  I am seeing my onc on next week to discuss what may be going on and what to do about it.  I have heard of the same person having more than one kind of cancer at the same time.  I sincerely hope that isn't the case.

I don't know what to make of this.  Does anyone have any theories?  Any experience with something like this?

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by bepositive0907 on Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:59 AM

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Hi my4jewels

My husband has 2 types of cancer cells (neuroendocrine+adenocarcinoma), which respond differently to chemo and radiation.adenoc arcinomas responded quite well to radiation in my husband's case, however didnot respond much to chemo. vice versa holds for the neuroendocrine ones.

would suggest you get your tumour types diagnosed, so that you can have various treatment options in case you hve multiple types.

all the best!

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by my4jewels on Mon Oct 27, 2014 05:00 PM

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Thanks for your response.  I finished my chemo 2 months ago, and had a good response, except for that one area.  I had surgery to have the growing tumor removed, and it shows the same pathology as the rest, but somehow it made itself resistant to my chemo.  My cancer, however is not all gone, and the latest lymph node removed had unclear margins.  My onc wants a pet scan, but we are trying to get the insurance company to pay for it.

RE: I have most of my cancer shrinking, but some growing.

by MSL1968 on Mon May 18, 2015 01:15 AM

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On Oct 27, 2014 11:59 AM bepositive0907 wrote:

Hi my4jewels

My husband has 2 types of cancer cells (neuroendocrine+adenocarcinoma), which respond differently to chemo and radiation.adenoc "" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://radiation.adenoc " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">radiation.adenoc arcinomas responded quite well to radiation in my husband's case, however didnot respond much to chemo. vice versa holds for the neuroendocrine ones.

would suggest you get your tumour types diagnosed, so that you can have various treatment options in case you hve multiple types.

all the best!

Hi bepostive,

Hi my husband has stage 4 pc with met to liver. He did have a whipple (like it helped). You said that your husband has 2 types of pancreatic cancer cells. Could you please be more specific. Which cell responds to chemo and which chemo protocol? And, Which cell responds to radiation?

On my husband's latest scan, he had one liver tumor that grew on folfironox, one that got smaller and one that stayed the same. I'm now wondering if he could possibly have two different types of pc cells in his liver?

Thank-you for your courage to share!

Ann 

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