I'm sorry to report that my husband's latest MRI of he spine showed progression in the bones. He is undergoing a pet ct today to see the disease in other areas of his body.
He was having xtreme pain in the spine and rib cage area. The MRI has shown progression. Our onc now wants to do away with Tarcva and go back to chemo but we are not willing to how away he Tarceva too quickly because he experienced miraculous recovery after jus one or wo tablets of Taceva and he started becoming better and better until the recent problems with the ascites and back pain.
The ultra sound doctor said that the ascetic fluid was very minimal, about 100ml only so tapping this would not bring any relief. He was on LASILACTONE which worked for him and brought the stomach distension down a bit and gave relief from the feeling of fullness allowing him to eat normally again.
He is in hospital now for observation and he was given pain injection Voveran (NSAID) and 1500 litres of IV fluid along with Zometa IV injection. He had missed Zometa for some months now due to tooth extraction.
I don't believe the Tarceva has stopped working completely as he s still doing god in other areas. His brain MRI also showed clean brain.
I am thinking of Samarium radio nuclide therapy which the other onc had suggested a couple of months back when he was having severe bone pain along with progression. But the bone pain disappeared as soon as Tarceva was started so the therapy was deferred. I think it is the right time now to start the therapy as he can no longer have external radiation and continue with the Tarceva.