Tuesday, June 5, 2012

MRI #2 was....restful

Radiologist: Ok Lisa, you did great! You're all done now.

Me: Oh, already? I'm really sleepy and warm....

Radiologist: You must be a mom.

Me: Yes. To two 2 year olds. What made you ask?

Radiologist: Most moms fall asleep and/or are reluctant to get up when it's over.

Me: Exactly. It may be noisy but it's like white noise and with the warm blanket and the leg pillows, I think I dozed during some of the longer scans.
 Alas, my time in the rest chamber ended and I was sent on my way. Nana and the girls were playing outside when I got home. Kate just said, "I like having Nana here."  How sweet is that?!

Tomorrow I have an appointment with the surgical and the medical oncologist to discuss the MRI results and their recommendations for treatment. Next week I start my meetings with some local oncologists for 2nd opinions. My first one is with Dr. Keith Block at the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care. He has some done some really interesting research on when cancer cells are most active and when they are "resting". By studying them in this way, he has determined that delivering chemo based on your own body's circadian rhythms you can alleviate many of the debilitating side effects of chemo on your healthy cells, concentrating more of the chemo on the cancerous cells.

I strongly encourage anyone who has cancer, who has had cancer or, frankly, anyone who wants to understand what cancer patients undergo to read this short pamphlet from Dr. Block. It's really quite fascinating.

My first appointment with the Block Center is scheduled to be 4 hours.
12:30pm   Laurette Ferraresi, Mind/Spirit
 1:30pm    Ashley Huser, Nutritionist
 2:30pm    Dr. Keith Block 
 3:45pm    Labs
 4:15pm    Dr. Deva Nathan--has worked with the Block Medical Team for over ten years. Dr. Nathan is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Oncology. He serves on the faculty of Midwestern University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania & Veterans Administration Hospital in Philadelphia and received fellowships in both Clinical Pathology at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and in Hematology-Oncology at the University of Illinois Medical Center & Veterans Administration Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Nathan is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, Illinois Cancer Council, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, Chicago Medical Society, Illinois Medical Society, American Medical Association, and the American Federation for Clinical Research.
Sounds like it's going to be a pretty comprehensive evaluation. I'm pretty excited about seeing what he has to say.

1 comment:

Jodie said...

How nice to be able to find some "peace" and relaxation in the midst of an otherwise stressful one...by resting in the MRI scanner. :)


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