On November 22, 2013 I received my last dose of Yervoy/Ipi. My December CT Scan showed no new growths and shrinkage of existing in the area that received radiation.
On February 12, 2014 I had a follow up scan that showed new mets in both my lungs, liver, stomach, and spine. The largest were in my lungs at 10 mm. The others were between 6 and 8 mm. A follow up Brain MRI showed 4 small spots in my brain. We did 15 whole brain radiation treatments to treat this area prior to starting the B-raf/MEK treatments.
To achieve a baseline of where my mets where at in size and location, we did a PET Scan on Monday, April 7, 2014, which is the day I started the B-raf/MEK treatment. The results of this scan showed NO METS in my LUNGS, LIVER, Stomach, or BRAIN. I did have 5 new mets pop up but only ONE of two on my spine was there in both the CT Scan and the PET Scan.
My question to everyone is this: Is it more likely to be a scan error or a Yervoy success?
I'm interested in hearing others opinions as my Doctor would not commit to either and said that it is very possible that Yervoy did cure it, but there is also a chance that the PET Scan didn't pick them up because they are small. He is counting on the CT scan that will determine if the braf/mek is working after 8 weeks to put any debate to rest.
Thanks for your input.
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