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Denise was posted 04/30/2004 09:39 am by Anonymous
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Denise, Different people use words in different ways. One of the definitions for 'remission' is a lessening of intensity. It sounds as though your dad's CA19-9 test showed the numbers are going down. That indicates the chemo is helping and your dad's body is responsive to it, so, that's the important point. The doctor was using the word to mean that the tumor is getting a bit smaller and what's wrong with that? He's keeping your dad on the chemo and the treatment he is doing is working, right? I'm with your mom. I don't see why the doctor should be written off -- sometimes patients ask doctors questions that lead the doctor to say something optimistic such as, 'Is this a remission?' And the doctor says, 'Well, yes, a kind of remission' and perhaps the doctor used the words in this sort of context. Anyhow, I think it's Lillie on the board who says, 'Hope for the best; prepare for the worst.' Right now, things are working out for your dad and you, your mom, and your dad have a right to be hopeful and pleased about his response to the chemo. Doing the CAT scans and all right now seems like overkill to me too. Ask yourself, 'Well, what would we be doing ddifferently if the CAT scan shows something less optimistic than the blood test?' Would you stop the chemo? No, as the blood test indicates his body is responding. So, I just wouldn't worry about the semantics here as the doctor, you, your mom, and dad understand the cancer is not gone, but is, at this nice time, lessening in size.

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