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    Sharyn
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    Hi friends!
    Just a quick update. I went to Montreal yesterday and met with my oncologist Dr Mihalcioiu and radiation oncologist Dr Roberge. They went over my Dec 8 brain CT scan in great detail, and here's how things are looking.
     
    Back in May I had 4 brain tumors treated with Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS). I'm delighted to say that 3 of them are gone, and what's left of the 4th one isn't even worth bothering with. But (there's always gotta be a "but"), I have 2 new tumors. One is on my left occipital lobe (I had one on the right side in May), and that affects vision. Lately I have been having mild loss of peripheral vision on the right side (left controls right side of the brain), so that explains my sight problems. The other tumor is in the internal capsule, and (I think) can affect arm and/or leg movement, although I haven't had any of those symptoms. Dr Roberge thinks these 2 new tumors could possibly have been present when I had my last SRS treatment, but were still too small to be detected. So this doesn't necessarily mean new growth.
     
    So here's the game plan: I go myself back to Montreal on Tuesday (Feb 1) to check my radiation mask to see if it still fits. Remember, I had no hair last year, so the new hair may have thrown the measurements out of whack. If it doesn't fit, I have to get one made Tues morning. Then I go for an MRI, after which is a planning session to figure out lines and angles, etc. Back home Tues night.  Back to Montreal again, with Jim this time, the following Monday (Feb 7 & 8) for the actual treatment. It would have been nice to do it all in the one trip, but a lot has to be done from the 1st to the 7th, co-ordinating physicists, figuring out radiation dosages, etc.
     
    Then I resume the next phase of ipilimumab, which, by the way, the doctors are absolutely thrilled with! They can't believe the drastic reduction in other parts of my body. They'll do another CT scan before we start up again to see what my new starting points are.  
     
    So that's it — just another little bump in the road. I'll let you know how it goes after the 8th.
     
    Hugs
    Sharyn

     

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      NicOz
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      At least this "bump" had the common decency not to assert itself over Christmas (:D) Great to hear the ipi is being so good for your systemic bits and pieces, Sharyn- I'm rapt to hear it!

      I hear you on how wonderful it would be to be able to manage some treatments in one fell swoop, it can be quite frustrating when having to go back and forth. Damned inconvenient, frankly! (Possibly the most annoying factor of my mel :P)

      Will be watching to hear how things went, and thinking of you in the meantime, hun.

      Fingers crossed for a smooth treatment (logistical planning, treatment and post) for you!

      Cheers,

      Nic

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      NicOz
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      At least this "bump" had the common decency not to assert itself over Christmas (:D) Great to hear the ipi is being so good for your systemic bits and pieces, Sharyn- I'm rapt to hear it!

      I hear you on how wonderful it would be to be able to manage some treatments in one fell swoop, it can be quite frustrating when having to go back and forth. Damned inconvenient, frankly! (Possibly the most annoying factor of my mel :P)

      Will be watching to hear how things went, and thinking of you in the meantime, hun.

      Fingers crossed for a smooth treatment (logistical planning, treatment and post) for you!

      Cheers,

      Nic

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      Vermont_Donna
      Participant

      Hi Sharyn,

        Overall good news with the IPI. Sorry about the brain mets BUT you have a pretty good plan. How long does it take to fly from home to Montreal? Are you getting help with something like Angelflight?? How about with hotel rooms? Any help with those? 

      Wishing the best of luck and smooth treatments! You are my hero! Or is that "heroine"? lol

      Vermont_Donna

      stage 3a currently doing IPI

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      Vermont_Donna
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      Hi Sharyn,

        Overall good news with the IPI. Sorry about the brain mets BUT you have a pretty good plan. How long does it take to fly from home to Montreal? Are you getting help with something like Angelflight?? How about with hotel rooms? Any help with those? 

      Wishing the best of luck and smooth treatments! You are my hero! Or is that "heroine"? lol

      Vermont_Donna

      stage 3a currently doing IPI

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        Sharyn
        Participant

        Hi Donna,

        It takes about 2 and a half hours flying direct, but most flights have at least 1 stop, making it about a 5-6 hour trip.  I'm not getting any reimbursement for the ipi treatments, but I am getting 50% reimbursement for the SRS. Each trip costs me about $800 (including hotel) if I go myself and if I luck into a seat sale. Otherwise, it's about $1000 per trip, $2000 if Jim comes with me.  It gets expensive after awhile. I tried the Angel route, but apparently I make too much money to qualify. I don't know how poor one has to be, but my credit line is closing in on 6 figures. I can't keep up that kind of debt for much longer. But I'll keep going until I run out of money.

        Hugs

        Sharyn

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        Sharyn
        Participant

        Hi Donna,

        It takes about 2 and a half hours flying direct, but most flights have at least 1 stop, making it about a 5-6 hour trip.  I'm not getting any reimbursement for the ipi treatments, but I am getting 50% reimbursement for the SRS. Each trip costs me about $800 (including hotel) if I go myself and if I luck into a seat sale. Otherwise, it's about $1000 per trip, $2000 if Jim comes with me.  It gets expensive after awhile. I tried the Angel route, but apparently I make too much money to qualify. I don't know how poor one has to be, but my credit line is closing in on 6 figures. I can't keep up that kind of debt for much longer. But I'll keep going until I run out of money.

        Hugs

        Sharyn

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      jag
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      Thanks for the update Sharyn,  

      I wish you the best of luck-keep the good updates coming!

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      jag
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      Thanks for the update Sharyn,  

      I wish you the best of luck-keep the good updates coming!

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      glewis923
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      Thanks for this post, as it sounds like i'll be having similar brain experience…..gives me hope.

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      glewis923
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      Thanks for this post, as it sounds like i'll be having similar brain experience…..gives me hope.

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      triciad
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      Sharyn,

      Best of luck to you with the radiation, and  I'm so happy to hear that you are responding to Ipi.  Keep the faith and we'll send the prayers.

      Tricia

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      triciad
      Participant

      Sharyn,

      Best of luck to you with the radiation, and  I'm so happy to hear that you are responding to Ipi.  Keep the faith and we'll send the prayers.

      Tricia

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      Nancy
      Participant

      Wishing the best for you…Keeping you in my prayers..Stay strong..

      Nancy-Maryland

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      Nancy
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      Wishing the best for you…Keeping you in my prayers..Stay strong..

      Nancy-Maryland

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      Jan in OC
      Participant

      Wishing you the best of luck Sharyn. I have been reading your posts as my husband and I are now in the same position.  He had his first IPI infusion yesterday (went well, no side effects so far).  We go next Thursday to meet the radiation Oncologist for his brain tumor.  Our travel is less than your but exhausting.  Our drive is only about 70 miles ($40 in gas each visit plus parking and food), but it takes all day as we travel the busiest freeway (parking lot!) in LA.  It  can take 2-3 hours in the morning and 3-4 in the evening for the drive and 3 hours at UCLA.  Just this month, we have been there 6 times.

      Take care

      Jan, wife to Dirk

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      Jan in OC
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      Wishing you the best of luck Sharyn. I have been reading your posts as my husband and I are now in the same position.  He had his first IPI infusion yesterday (went well, no side effects so far).  We go next Thursday to meet the radiation Oncologist for his brain tumor.  Our travel is less than your but exhausting.  Our drive is only about 70 miles ($40 in gas each visit plus parking and food), but it takes all day as we travel the busiest freeway (parking lot!) in LA.  It  can take 2-3 hours in the morning and 3-4 in the evening for the drive and 3 hours at UCLA.  Just this month, we have been there 6 times.

      Take care

      Jan, wife to Dirk

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