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Do I Need Traditional Chemo?
Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012 9:17 PM
Joined: 6/19/2011
Posts: 17

Eighteen months ago I had a 3x5x3 cm in my lower left lobe Cyberknifed. Have had great reports since.
Today I found out that I have a lymph node that is 1.3 x 0.9 cm with a SUV of 4.0  in the left hilum.
Recommendation that I have that small area treated with 5 or 6 weeks of daily radiation.
My question is: should I now receive chemo thearpy?  Or just go with the localized treatment?  And has my overall chances of survival been greatly reduced by this development?
I think the Cyberknife is great and have no regrets that I chose it over surgery.

Posted: Saturday, December 08, 2012 8:23 AM
Joined: 10/10/2008
Posts: 4435

In this situation, we would probably recommend chemo plus local radiation at the involved lymph nodes and others nearby


Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
St. Anthony Hospital Cyberknife Center
(405) 272-7311

Mail to:
Clinton A. Medbery, III, M.D.
Southwest Radiation Oncology
1011 N. Dewey Ave. #101
Oklahoma City, OK 73102


Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012 1:09 PM
Joined: 6/19/2011
Posts: 17

I have been reading alot about false positives with PET / CT and it will be two weeks from my initial diagnosis of the 1.3 lymph node with a suv of 4.0 to getting my first radiation treatment. My question is, should I get another PET scan prior to getting radiated to see if it could possibly be a false positive lymph node?

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2012 2:18 PM
Joined: 6/19/2011
Posts: 17

Radiation Oncologist suggests Chemo along with radiation to treat Hilar Lymph node and surrounding area.  Went to Medical Oncologist, he said he did NOT think I need Chemo. That I have at the most by his estimation a 30% of it coming back and to only get chemo if it returns after the radiation.
What to you think?  What should I do now?


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