My husband had his first oncologist appointment today since all this started back up. (See previous post for more detail, but the short story is: he was stage 2 since 2008 until Feb 24th this year when we found out he had one brain tumor; it was removed by surgery Feb 26th.)
The recommendation was:
Gamma Knife - we have MRI and radiation oncologist appointment March 31st. (Not sure when the actual procedure will be yet. How long do you usually have to wait after surgery? I have a call in to ask them.)
Scans every three months, starting May 14th with a PET. (He had a slew of scans one month ago, but not a pet.)
They will go ahead with genetic testing for BRAF and all.
Does this plan seem reasonable?
He said that there is an 85-90% chance that he will get additional tumors at some point (I already figured that); however, my husband was in good spirits after the appointment because the only thing he cares about right now is coming off the steroids, which is is tapering from now. He is horribly miserable on them and has gain 29 pounds since March 3rd.
2008: Dx Stage 2 - 1.24mm, ulcerated, right arm. WLE, SNLB.
2014: Dx brain met - 3.1cm resected 2/28/14. TrueBeam 4/14. Start Ipi 6/14.