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7/14/2017 11:16am
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It has been just over 7 months since clinical diagnosis at stage III.  The radiology report below (condensed and sometimes in my words as I edited it) is from my PET/Ct scan 2 weeks ago.  A little background first.  Braf + had me on Taf/Mek until my onc didn't like some side effects I was having.  Switched to Zelboraf/Cotellic for 45 days with different but worse side effects. Went back on Taf/Mek. Pet/Ct at end of March showed increased tumor load and my move to Stage IV.  I started on the ipi/nivo drip on April 5th and was able to tolerate all 4 scheduled infusions with typical side effects.

Interval resolution with 5 mm lesion within Rt T11 vertebral body.

Interval resolution within the L5 vertebral body.

HYPER METABOLIC LEFT INGUINAL LYMPH NODE 5MM stable compared to prior scan. Onc thinks it'snot cancerous.

No new evidence in lower extremities.

Interval resolution of the left superior mediastinum hypermetabolic lymphadenopathy (ascending aorta).  Cardiac size and pericardium are within normal limits.

Significant interval decrease in size and hypermetabolic activity of the right infraclavicular and right axillary lymphadenopathy with the largest under the arm down to 1.5 x 1.2 cm from 4 x 3.6 cm.

Interval resolution of the 3 foci of hypermetabolic activity within the right hepatic lobe (liver).

Interval resolution of the left lower quadrant and mid abdominal mesenteric lymphadenopathy (small intestines).

Impression:  Overall, favorable response to treatment.


I just had my 2nd treatment of the maintenence dose of Opdivo yesterday.  Feeling pretty good today.  I encourage you all to keep fighting!




Hi Todd - That's excellent news, you've got it on the run now!! Thank you for sharing with us! Best wishes for continued success!!


Bubbles - (7/14/2017 - 6:04pm)

Hey Todd, 

Keep slugging!!  Looks like you are making progress!  Hang tough.  Yours, celeste

Jubes - (7/15/2017 - 4:33am)

Hi tod. We love hearing this kind of good news. Thanks

Jubes - (7/15/2017 - 4:33am)

Hi tod. We love hearing this kind of good news. Thanks

DZnDef - (7/19/2017 - 5:35pm)

Bethany's for sharing this great news with everyone here, Todd.  And congratulations!

Maggie - Stage IV (lung mets unknown primary) since July 2012.  Brain mets September 2016.Taf/Mek, gamma knife, Keytruda resulting in clean brain scan and tiny remnants in lung as of July 2017